In order to simplify and accelerate the implementation of infrastructure projects included in the 2014-2020 Large Infrastructure Operational Programme approved by the European Commission, the Romanian Government recently adopted an emergency ordinance for projects related to the construction of roads, highways and railways which will ensure the interconnectivity of national and European transport networks ("TEN-T Projects"). The new ordinance became/will become effective on April 1, 2016.

The new ordinance brings more flexibility to the process of obtaining building permits and expands the validity period of building permits, urban planning certificates and other authorisations required for the TEN-T Projects. Now, building permits may be obtained based only on preliminary approvals and their validity period will be extended automatically until the works are concluded. Additionally, the new ordinance expanded the Ministry of Transport’s competence to include the right to control and apply sanctions, when needed, in order to improve the construction process and to prevent work-site related risks.

TEN-T Projects are expected to stimulate the free flow of people and goods, which will benefit all sectors, including the energy sector, by promoting the interconnectivity which is necessary for the supply of energy.