The Republic of Moldova will have a Mobility Strategy for the years 2023-2030. The document is to be developed and submitted to public discussions by the end of this year. The announcement was made by the Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Lilia Dabija, during a press conference, reports IPN.
“We have proposed the development of a new strategic document that will expose the findings, recommendations, but also the lessons learned based on the current Transport and Logistics Strategy that operated in the period 2013-2022 and that will reflect the essence of the harmonization of the legislative framework to the mobility strategy until in 2030. We want accessible, sustainable, interoperable, and safe transport”, said Lilia Dabija.
The Ministry will draft a new law dedicated to road safety, which will determine the need to establish and hold road safety audits at all phases, even at the design stage of road infrastructure. “We want the sustainable development of infrastructure to be based on high-quality criteria, according to European standards. We want to strengthen the normative and institutional framework, but also to strengthen the capacities of the ministry. In this context, we are in the final phase of finalizing the amendments to the Maritime and Commercial Navigation Code, the Road Transport Code, the Road Fund Law, also the Law on Road Safety and the Law Regulating Road Infrastructure”, he stated Lilia Dabija.
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The Republic of Moldova presented to the European Commission the proposals for improving the internal networks in order to connect them to the European networks, thus wanting to ensure the mobility of people and goods in the best safety conditions. “The programs that will be subsequently implemented based on this strategy will ensure the access of people with disabilities, access to different means of road transport, but also the regionalization of the respective services and the increase of the population’s access to transport services”, explained the minister.
We want to digitize transport services. Recently, the Government approved a new strategy related to the digitization of the services provided by our colleagues at ANTA. I mean here is the register of routes, we are going to develop the register of tickets and stations. We want to switch to environmentally friendly transport models”, added Lilia Dabija.
Financial coverage for the achievement of the objectives of this strategy will be made from both budgetary sources and external assistance. “We will develop programs for the development of transport, the development of roads, the development of naval, road, rail, and air transport. I mention that the investments for the implementation of the provisions of the strategy will be ensured both from the public budget and from external assistance. For the road infrastructure, we have already negotiated and signed more than 600 million euros, money that will be allocated for the road infrastructure in the country. We are also negotiating with the World Bank another 120 million for the improvement and rehabilitation of local roads”, Lilia Dabija said.
Another important objective of the strategy is the transition from polluting to environmentally friendly transport. In this sense, the railway infrastructure is to be improved.
The strategy is to be developed by the third quarter of this year, after which public discussions will take place. “We want to finally have a cohesive document, a document that will reflect the best conditions and on the basis of which we will implement the best desired by the country”, stated the minister.