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Equal conditions and taxes for railway undertakings will be achieved through joint action by all stakeholders. This is what the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev stated in a framework of a meeting with representatives of the railway sector at the initiative of Deputy Minister Iliya Iliev.

"Legal changes can be implemented after a short period of time, reasoned proposals are discussed by experts in the sector", Minister Sabev said.

565 applications were submitted by bus carriers to apply for State Aid.

The deadline for submitting documents through the Management System of National Investments (NIMS) was 16:30 on 23 December 2021.

By Order of the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev, a Commission has been appointed to assess the administrative compliance and admissibility of the submitted applications. The documents will be considered in the order of their receipt.

The concessionaire of Sofia Airport will accelerate investments in 2022. This was agreed today by the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev and the Executive Director of SOF Connect, Mr. Jesus Caballero. The Minister insisted on re-planning an investment program and moving some of the financial commitments set out in the concession agreement to an earlier stage.

The Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev asked for assistance from the Ministry of Interior for additional monitoring of the railway infrastructure over the upcoming holiday season. The reason for this are the frequent cases of intentionally placed objects on the railway tracks, which constitute some of the main reasons for accidents.

The letter to the Minister of Interior Boyko Rashkov said the goal was to increase the safety of trains, save the lives and health of passengers and prevent damage to cargo.

We are starting to work for creating conditions for the rise of the aviation industry as part of the country's transport system. This is what the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev stated in the National Assembly in the framework of a meeting with MPs, representatives of the aviation sector and the management of DG Civil Aviation Administration, Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority (BULATSA) and the State Aviation Operator.

Detailed analysis of all possibilities is necessary and the most practical option for solving the problems with crossing the Danube Bridge near Ruse has to be chosen. This is what the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev stated today in the framework of his visit to the Danube Bridge border checkpoint to assess on the spot the ideas for improvements in transport connectivity proposed in the framework of yesterday's public discussion in the Danube city.

In the framework of his visit to the city of Ruse, the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev also visited the single company in Bulgaria that manifactured new locomotives. This is the first tour of the Minister in a railway site, where modernization and maintenance of rolling stock is carried out.

Minister Sabev showed interest in getting acquainted with the work process and found out that the company was clean, modern and well-organized.

The establishment of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria 30 years ago leaves a very serious mark in all aspects of Bulgarian political and social life. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Alexander Pulev during a validation ceremony of a postal and philatelic publication dedicated to the anniversary.

We will develop transport as a highly efficient system that includes all modes of transportation. This is what the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev stated during a public discussion on the resumption of flights from Ruse Airport and optimization of the crossing of the Danube Bridge.

By order of the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev, an extraordinary meeting of the Board of Directors of Holding BDZ EAD was held, which decided to dismiss Lyuben Nanov, Manager of BDZ – Passenger Transport EOOD. The motives are related to the poor management, concerning the lead of the operational activity of the company.

The established violations in the implementation of the repair programs of the trains and wagons contribute to the deterioration of the services provided, which is not in the public interest.

Purposeful state policy and investment in maritime education are needed. This is what the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev said at a meeting in the National Assembly with representatives of the maritime industry.

The participants in the dialogue pointed out that there was little interest in certain extremely important specialties in maritime transport. Therefore, the capacity of retired captains and professionals who could contribute with their experience and knowledge would be used.

Teams of Economic Police, National Police Directorate General (GDNP), Road Transport Administration Executive Agency (RTA) and Customs Agency carried out joint inspections at Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint. The operation took place from 10 to 12 December 2021 as part of the interdepartmental specialized police operation and the international operation of Europol OPSON 11.

For the last 30 years there has been an increase in harmful emissions by 52 percent, the main reason being road transport. This is what the Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Alexander Pulev stated in the framework of a discussion panel "Plan for Sustainability, Energy and the European Green Deal" within the Webit Forum in Sofia Tech Park.

We are here to speed up the economic development in the field of transport and reduce the time  needed to transport passengers and goods. This is what the newly appointed Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev announced upon receiving the management of the institution by the recent Minister Hristo Alexiev.

I sent the two audit reports on BDZ's contracts for the repair of multiple-unit trains and wagons with Alstom and the Dryanovo plant to the Prosecutor's Office. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev stated after conducting an inspection at the Sofia Locomotive Depot.

EU Ministers responsible for Transport met on 9 December 2021 in Brussels. The Bulgarian delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Christina Velinova. The agenda of the meeting included a review of the Fit for 55 Package, regulations on sustainable air transport (ReFuelEU Aviation Regulations), the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure and the use of renewable and low-carbon fuels in maritime transport (FuelEU Maritime).

We must work to ensure universal access to the Internet, respect for fundamental human rights and child online protection. This was stated by Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Alexander Poulev during his participation in the Council of Ministers, "Telecommunications" format. The forum took place today in Brussels.

A procedure for design and construction of a Bulgarian specialized search and rescue ship has been launched. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev stated in the framework of a meeting with Veselin Milanov, Assistant Rector of the Technical University of Varna and Capt. Andrey Stanev, an expert in marine technology at the Technical University and captain of the rescue tugboat of BMF-Varna, which participated in the rescue operation of Vera Su.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Alexander Pulev and the Chairman of the Supreme Administrative Court Georgi Cholakov launched a postage stamp dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the judicial institution.

We are entering the last two years of the implementation of the Programming Period 2014 - 2020, during which 50% of the Program budget or about BGN 2 billion must be utilized. This was stated by the Head of the Managing Authority of OP "Transport and Transport Infrastructure" 2014-2020 Eng. Galina Vasileva during the meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Program, which took place in the period 25-26 November. She added that currently 87% of the Program's budget, amounting to BGN 3.122 billion, has been agreed.