Romania: Foreign Builders Urged to Work as if at Home

30. Juni 2006, 00:00

The newly appointed Transport Minister Radu Berceanu urged on Thursday the foreign companies which are currently...

The newly appointed Transport Minister Radu Berceanu urged on Thursday the foreign companies which are currently involved in construction projects in Romania to work as if they worked in their own countries, hinting to poor quality of construction works.

The minister stated these companies must not do things the "Romanian" way. He argued that companies with "pretty" names immediately adopt the Romanian way of doing things.

The minister said that he warned such companies that if they want to be paid in euros, the work must be of a quality to warrant being paid in euros.

"Strabag and Alpine should work in their Austrian manner, Astaldi and Todini, as in Italy, not as in Romania, as such a manner of working is no longer acceptable," said the minister of transport.
While visiting the working site of the future Transylvania Motorway, the Transport minister said he discussed the project with the Bechtel administrative board about the quality of the construction work and hopes that the company will do an "American job."

"They started wrong and maybe they will change their image. They have to show that they are doing an American job," added the minister. The project for the Transilvania Highway began in 2004 in a EUR 2.2 billion contract but works stopped in 2005 when the new political administration decided to reanalyse the contracts closed by the former government. The Bechtel contract was renegotiated and the new deal was presented this April by the Transportation Ministry.

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