WARSAW, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Monday stressed the strategic importance of Via Carpathia, a proposed transport corridor project, for the development of the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
"We are initiating the implementation of Via Carpathia investment, a trail of strategic meaning for Central and Eastern Europe," Szydlo said while opening the trail-themed conference in Lancut, southern Poland.
Szydlo said that Via Carpathia is a strategic in vestment which is to speed up the economic development of the region and increase the country's security.
"Ten years since declaration concerning Via Carpathia trail was signed were not wasted. Now comes the most important moment when we factually implement this investment," Szydlo said. "No one should doubt that Via Carpathia opens the way to the world, the way to better future," she added.
"This trail fits in the opportunities opening up for our region," Szydlo said.
Andrzej Adamczyk, Minister of Infrastructure and Development, added that the construction of Via Carpathia trail is important not only for Poland, but also for the European Union.
Via Carpathia is a planned international trail, leading from Lithuania, passing by southern Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria to Greece. It reaches both Black Sea and Aegean Sea.
The construction of the trail was initiated by the Polish government.
In 2006, ministers of transport from Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Hungary signed a declaration on its construction. In 2010, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece joined the venture.