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All passengers from the bus that crashed near Veliko Tarnovo were transported to Romania
06.08.2022

The evacuation of all passengers from the bus that crashed in the night on Ruse-Veliko Tarnovo road was successful. This became a reality after the immediate action taken by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport and Communications Hristo Alexiev.

Hristo Alexiev: Dialogue with road transport industry has been restored
04.08.2022

Dialogue with the road transport industry has been restored. This was stated by the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policies and Minister of Transport and Communications Hristo Alexiev after a meeting with representatives of branch organizations in the field of road transport of passengers and goods. He added that taking urgent measures to achieve sustainability in the road transport sector is one of the important steps to guarantee the country's economic stability.

Reducing the tension in the transport sector is the main priority of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Hristo Alexiev
02.08.2022

I am thoroughly acquainted with the transport system, my main task will be to reduce the tension in the sector. This was stated by the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policies and Minister of Transport and Communications in the Caretaker Government, Hristo Alexiev, upon assuming the post today.

174 municipalities receive an additional subsidy for transporting passengers on bus lines
01.08.2022

One hundred and seventy-four municipalities receive an additional subsidy for the transport of passengers on bus lines for 2022. The funds, in the amount of BGN 36.5 million, were allocated by a Decree of the Council of Ministers on the proposal of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Bulgaria will support Austria's candidacy for the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization
29.07.2022

The Bulgarian side highly appreciates Austria's achievements in the International Civil Aviation Organization and will support its candidacy for the ICAO Council in the upcoming elections in the period 27 September - 7 October 2022. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Vladimir Varbanov during a Meeting with the Ambassadors of Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and the Chargés d'аffaires of the Embassies of Portugal and Belgium, to present the Austrian candidacy.

BDZ - Freight Transport initiates talks with the World Bank for investment program implementation
29.07.2022

"BDZ- Freight Transport" EOOD initiates talks with the World Bank for the implementation of its investment program for the period until 2024. The company will negotiate for attracting up to 400 million BGN capital. The funds are needed for the acquisition of 5 new electric and 15 diesel locomotives, as well as 600 specialized freight cars. Investments in rolling stock and railway infrastructure are a top priority of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

A French expert will enter in the management of BDZ
28.07.2022

At the initiative of the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev, at the beginning of the year, negotiations were launched with the French Republic to send to Bulgaria a high-level international expert to advise and support the reforms carried out in the national railway undertaking.

Regular flights between Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia, Deputy Minister Varbanov and Minister Plenipotentiary Naif bin Asai discussed
28.07.2022

The Bulgarian side is ready to provide airport fee incentives and suitable time slots for landing and take-off for air carriers to carry out regular flights between Sofia and Riyadh and Varna - Dammam. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Vladimir Varbanov during a meeting today with the Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Minister Plenipotentiary H.E. Naif bin Asai.

Two cars were taken off the road for carrying out unregulated transportation of passengers through Maxim application
26.07.2022

In a joint operation by the Road Transport Administration Executive Agency , the Ministry of the Interior and the National Revenue Agency, two cars were taken off the road for one year for carrying out unregulated passenger transport through the "Maxim" application. The registration plates of the vehicles were removed, the documents of the cars and the drivers were seized. The imposed sanction for this type of violation is BGN 2,000. Pre-trial proceedings have been initiated for the cases.

"HOLDING BDZ" EAD GROUP REALIZES PROFIT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10 YEARS, FREIGHT TRANSPORT REPORTS BGN 2.2 MILLION OPERATING PROFIT FOR A 6-MONTH PERIOD
26.07.2022

For the second consecutive quarter, the national railway carrier reported an increase in its revenues. For the first 6 months of the year, the accounting profit of the entire BDZ Holding EAD group is BGN 13,256,000. The group, which includes " BDZ Passenger Services“ EOOD ",  "BDZ Cargo” EOOD and "BDZ Holding" EAD, is making a profit for the first time in 10 years.

Civil Aviation Administration DG allowed flights over Bulgaria to update Google data
21.07.2022

Civil Aviation Administration Directorate General allowed aerial photography flights in Bulgarian airspace to update the Google database. The flights will start on July 23 in the Plovdiv region. They will continue until September 30, 2022, covering the cities of Sofia and Varna. The planes are scheduled to fly at an altitude of over 1,000 meters, depending on weather conditions. This type of flight is specific and requires multiple overflights over the specified settlements.

European funding for the Voluyak-Dragoman railway line approved
15.07.2022

The European Commission approved the project for the modernization of the Voluyak-Dragoman railway line, which is part of the Railway Corridor to the border with Serbia. The project has a total value of BGN 166.2 million, which will be provided by OPTTI 2014-2020. Of these, BGN 130.2 million are European funds.

Nikolay Sabev approved the Contract for the establishment of "National Company Bulgarian State Railways" EAD
13.07.2022

The Minister of Transport and Communications signed a Decision on conversion and approved the Contract for the creation of "National Company Bulgarian State Railways" EAD. The transformation was implemented by merging "BDZ-Passenger Transport" EOOD and "BDZ-Freight Transport " EOOD into "Holding Bulgarian State Railways" EAD and renaming it.

In February, Minister Nikolay Sabev presented the future restructuring, part of the large-scale change in Bulgaria's transport system.

NRIC has announced market consultations for the implementation of ERTMS in the Ruse- Kaspichan railway section
13.07.2022

National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) has announced market consultations for the implementation of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) - level 2, in the Ruse-Kaspichan railway section. The project includes the activities of design, supply, construction and commissioning of new systems for ERTMS level 2, dispatch management, security equipment, telecommunications, GSM-R/FRMCS, passenger announcement systems and information electronic boards, clock system, video surveillance of stations and railway crossings, etc.

Bulgaria and Romania will work together to ensure navigation on the Danube River
12.07.2022

Bulgaria and Romania will work together to ensure the necessary navigability of the Danube River, it became clear during the meeting today in Ruse. The host of the meeting, on the initiative of the European Commission and the Danube Commission, was the Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Vladimir Varbanov.

Concession of Plovdiv Central Railway Station is terminated by mutual agreement between the parties
12.07.2022

The Government adopted a decision to terminate Plovdiv Railway Station Concession Contract. The proposal to terminate the contract was made by the concessionaire. Plovdiv Railway Station Concession Contract was concluded in 2013 and entered into force in 2015. The reason for the termination of the Concession Contract was the construction activities started by the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC)on the territory of the station under the Plovdiv Railway Junction Development Project, which is financed with funds from the EU.

MTC proposes a 6-month delay in the introduction of electronic taxi devices
12.07.2022

Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev suggested that the requirement to replace the electronic taxi devices be postponed by 6 months. With the provision that came into force on July 8, 2022, electronic taxi devices must have assessed compliance under the Law on Technical Requirements for Products.

EAEMDR started dredging on its own in the Bulgarian section of the Danube River
08.07.2022

For the first time in many years, the Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River (EAEMDR) began to carry out dredging on its own in the Bulgarian section of the Danube River. The dredging activities started after targeted funding from the Ministry of Transport and Communications to EAEMDR. In this way, the commitments undertaken by the Bulgarian side to ensure the navigability of the Danube River are fulfilled.

"Port of Varna" EAD will continue fulfilling its commitment to Ukraine for grain processing
05.07.2022

"Port of Varna" EAD will continue to implement the policy pursued by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in relation to the commitment to Ukraine for handling grain cargoes, the Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Vladimir Varbanov stated.

"I will demand from the newly appointed Executive Director of the Port, Ivaylo Gavrailov, to implement a flexible and active commercial policy in order to comply with our expectations", Varbanov added.

MTC presented upcoming competitions for European programs for digital and transport connectivity
05.07.2022

Funding opportunities in upcoming competitions under the Connecting Europe Facility and Digital Europe Program were presented today at the Euro Techno Info Day. The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced the topics and application requirements in advance to give companies and organizations time to prepare successfully.

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