A gleaming new cargo terminal in Romania is a key facility in the EU’s Transport Corridor number four, one of the trade routes that between now and 2020 that will be modernised with EU money to facilitate economic growth. It is in Arad, western Romania, and it is only 15 percent full. 80 percent of the cost was paid for by the EU, i.e. European taxpayers, so is this another example of wasteful spending by Brussels? The terminal in Arad airport is intended to provide benefits for the whole region, and neighbouring countries, and the argument is it is needed now says General Manager Adrian Nasui; “Many European companies are relocating right now in eastern Europe and our new industrial estate here in Romania is for this development. With EU membership the development of Arad will be even stronger”. It is vital economic shortcomings in the EU’s weakest newer members are overcome as quickly as possible, and the cargo terminal is just one example of a number of projects to help lift Rumania up to western levels. For that, attractive business opportunities need to be created to attract the foreign investment. The EU funds are seed money to hopefully make that possible, and ensure job creation and business takeoff.
Romanian terminal awaits customers