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Minister Georgi Todorov: Holding fair elections and proper functioning of the transport system are priorities

Министър Георги Тодоров: Провеждането на честни избори и нормалното функциониране на транспортната система са приоритет

Holding fair and democratic elections and preventing a breakdown in any aspect of the transport system are the two main priorities of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications. This is what the Caretaker Minister Georgi Todorov announced at the presentation of his team.

"I held a meeting with the management of Information Services AD and I instructed them to support professionally and expertly the work of the Central Election Commission (CEC)", Georgi Todorov explained. Similar talks were held with the management of the State e-Government Agency and with structures at the Ministry of Economy, such as the Bulgarian Institute for Standardization and the Bulgarian Institute of Metrology, which were instructed to fully comply with CEC guidelines.

A local vote will be held ahead of the parliamentary elections, which will be a dress rehearsal for the readiness of all bodies involved in the election process, the Minister added.

As one of the specific tasks in the field of transport, Georgi Todorov outlined the preparation of criteria for the conversion of airfields into airports for international flights. Currently, the sites in Ruse, Lesnovo, Primorsko, Balchik, Kazanlak and Sofia-West are ready for such a conversion. According to him, this will give a breath of fresh air to aviation.

"Together with the Ministry of Defense, we will form an expert working group to consider the joint use of airports by military and civil aviation", he added.

"One of our main tasks will be to reduce road casualties. The safety and security of transport, life and health of people is a top priority. In the coming months we will work with the Ministry of Interior to effectively enforce the rules of criminal law in connection with vandalism of railway infrastructure and rolling stock", Minister Georgi Todorov said.

We will manage honestly and fairly, the team of the Ministry is entirely made up of professionals and proven experts from the transport system, he said. "New Deputy Minister Christina Velinova has been in the system since 1999 and has been involved in road and air transport. Deputy Minister Neli Andreeva has been in the transport system since 2006 and has expertise in project management. Krassimira Stoyanova, Head of Office, is a longtime employee of the Ministry. Ivan Markov, Secretary General, has held this position for more than 10 years. Dilyana Doichinova will head Public Relations and Protocol, the Caretaker Minister explained.