Cyprus will be included in major road projects funded by the EU, Minister Anastasiades says

Cyprus will be included in the EU funding scheme for major road projects in the upcoming planning period 2021-2027, Minister of Transport, Communications and Public Works Vasiliki Anastasiades, said speaking to the Press And Information Office (PIO) after the conclusion of the marathon Transport Ministers Council and just before the start of the telecoms meeting this morning in Brussels.

The road funding project is of course part of the next multiannual financial framework (2021-27), for which discussions continue between the Council and the European Parliament, on the basis of a Commission proposal. On this subject today, Commissioner Oettinger asked the Heads of State and Government to give “final political guidance” at the upcoming EU Summit.

The Minister explained that Connecting Europe is the project that finances infrastructure, road transport, telecommunications and energy projects. Cyprus was not initially included, but “this was finally made possible, after coordinated efforts of the Ministry of Transport”.

“Very important projects, which will upgrade our countrys road network, such as Paphos – Polis Chrysochous, Nicosia – Palaichori and Limassol – Saitta streets, will be eligible for funding from this European Union program”, noted the Minister.

Referring to the agenda of the meeting, Vassiliki Anastassiades noted that the Council discussed issues related to road safety and the Road Infrastructure Directive. “This is a subject that is of particular interest to our country because of the many road accidents”. In addition, during the working lunch, delays in overflights in EU airspace areas were discussed, and various countermeasures were addressed at union and national level.

Finally, the minister noted that “we also addressed the issue of the legislative framework for regulating the issue of mobility in road transport so as to safeguard the rights of workers and their legal status throughout Europe in general, but ultimately the results were satisfactory to Cyprus as they ensure our countrys competitiveness with the arrangements chosen “, she concluded.

Source: Cyprus News Agency