Romania May Be Included in International Balkan Corridor

A meeting was held between the transport ministers of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, and Romania.

The discussion was about the strengthening of the cooperation between the countries in order to improve transport connectivity in the region. During the meeting, the construction of the multimodal transport corridor Thessaloniki - Kavala - Alexandroupolis - Burgas - Varna - Ruse was discussed, as well as the possible inclusion of Romania in the project. With the expansion of the territorial range of the corridor, its profitability increases. The inclusion of Romania will be of a great value for the project. 

Minister Ivaylo Moskovski presented to his colleagues the progress of the main road and railway projects. He also introduced the "Electronic toll system" on the Bulgarian highways, which is expected to start operating in January 2019 for vehicles up to 3.5 tons and by August 2019 for vehicles over 3.5 tons.

Concerning cross-border road and rail links, Bulgaria works actively to build the largest possible share of roads and railways that will provide transport links with the neighboring countries.

Undoubtedly, the huge need for investments in all areas of transport has re-appeared. After the introduction of a fairer system of tariffs and payments on the Bulgarian roads, the need for financial support in the transport sector is expected to normalize.

The construction of the corridor will allow Southeastern Bulgaria and Northeastern Greece to become key areas for the Black Sea-Mediterranean connectivity and a region with dynamic economic development. The corridor should receive support from Romania, including the construction of a second bridge over the Danube River in Rousse, as well as another bridge in Silistra. The beginning of the practical implementation of the idea for the new corridor was began on July 12, 2017, with the decision of the Bulgarian government to approve the draft Memorandum of Understanding on the development of the Thessaloniki-Kavala-Alexandroupolis-Burgas-Varna-Ruse rail link between Bulgaria and Greece.

Photo By: Capt. Jeku Arce

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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