Poor road infrastructure means higher prices for consumers

Representatives of haulage companies complain that the lack of motorways and poor roads lead to price rises in shops. As a result, Romanians are footing the bill for poorly developed road infrastructure.

Prices of products and services in Romania are 15-20% higher than they should be, as they are less competitive on the European market due to bad roads, which increase hauliers’ costs. Romania currently has less than 750 kilometres of motorways, which is the lowest motorway provision in relation to population size and surface area in Europe.

A further negative impact is also apparent in the number of traffic accidents. Romania recorded the lowest reduction in deaths due to road traffic accidents between 2001 and 2015. Moreover, inadequate road infrastructure causes problems for businesses and affects the development of tourism.

What support can the Commission give for road infrastructure investment projects?