EC Said to Extend Deadline for Bulgaria, Romania Danube BridgePublish date: Astazi, 23-04-2010
The EU will most likely extend deadline to construct the second Danube Bridge between Bulgaria and Romania with ISPA program funds until 2012, novinite.com reports.This has been announced by Bulgarias Deputy Environment Minister, Ivelina Vasileva, before the Parliamentary EU Affairs Committee on Wednesday.Vasileva cited "unofficial information" with respect to the Danube Bridge 2 project; she said there was no information about the fate of other ISPA funded projects. Bulgaria was supposed to absorb all ISPA money by the end of 2010.
The Deputy Minister has reminded an earlier position of the EC stating that only projects planned to receive more than EUR 100 M from ISPA will be eligible to extensions. In her words, if the EC after all does not approve the extension, the Bulgarian government will consider setting aside money for the completion of its part of the Danube River bridge in the 2011 state budget.
The Bulgarian part of the bridge is supposed to get a funding of EUR 70 M but if the parts of Romania and Bulgaria are combined, the sum would exceed EUR 100 M possibly making it eligible for an extension of the absorption deadline. Deputy Minister Vasileva stated Wednesday that Bulgaria stands to lose a total of EUR 147 M of ISPA funds over failure to absorb the money on time, i.e. before the end of 2010."We hope that at least some of the financial memorandums will be eligible for extension - the ones that we have signed after 2004. One of the projects is for the installations of the Maritsa Iztok thermal power plant where we stand to lose EUR 36 M", she explained.
- Insurance market stagnated in 2013 while GDP chare dropped to 1.3%
- The Romanian Leasing Market as of December 31, 2013
- Millennium Bank reports best results since its launch, helped by stronger banking income and cost cuts
- BCR cheapens First Home loans and lowers interest loans for loans in lei
- Millennium Bank's new Salary account clients receive up to 600 lei bonus and their utility bills' payment
- GarantiBank and Seamless introduce SEQR in Romania: the newest mobile payment solution
- Bancpost telecom services, now provided exclusively by Romtelecom and COSMOTE Romania
- Millennium Bank cards offer discounts in Domo stores
- BCR Supervisory Board reshuffles Management Board
- NBR decide to lower the monetary policy rate to 4.25 percent per annum
- Common appointments in Romtelecom and COSMOTE Romania
- Up to 5.5% annual interest rate for Millennium Bank's promotional three-month lei deposit
- Eurozone in recovery mode but gap between North and South still widening
- UniCredit Tiriac Bank and RBS Romania announce the successful completion of the retail clients' migration
- Millennium Bank grants First House loans in lei