Transport Minister Ján Figeľ wants to conclude the first package of PPP (public-private partnership) highway construction projects by the end of August. This would be in line with the deadline set by his predecessor, Ľubomír Vážny, for construction of selected sections of the D1 motorway in northern Slovakia.
"We want to finish this by the end of August in line with the deadline," Figeľ said at a press conference on August 2, adding that the project should, however, be made cheaper. The new minister's statement confirmed that he intends to continue motorway construction via PPP projects. "I want them as one of the pillars of road-network construction," he said, as reported by the TASR newswire.
He also confirmed that EU Funds would continue to be used for road construction; almost 70 percent of the allocated sum of €3.1 billion for road building is in the Operation Programme Transport at the moment. Figeľ also wants to obtain more EU money for Slovak roads, but said he did not know how much as yet.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Aug 2010 at 17:00