Eu Cash To Upgrade Bulgaria's Transport Infrastructure
Almost two billion euro is expected to come to Bulgaria from EU funds for the period 2007-13. The money will be used for repair works of all first-class roads and railway lines between Sofia and the Black Sea coast. The money will also be used for granting on concession the Trakia, Maritsa, Struma and Cherno More highways as well as all Bulgarian airports except the one in Sofia.
According to an action plan presented by Gagauzov, one billion euro is expected to come from the EU Cohesion Fund. The fund aims at helping countries reach EU standards. The money will be used for reparation works of nine roads and the ring roads of Montana, Vratsa and Gabrovo cities. With 1.5 billion euro for the fund, the Government expects to modernise the railway lines between Sofia-Pernik-Radomir; Sofia-Dragoman; Mezdra-Gorna Oriahovitsa and Parvomai-Svilengrad.
The construction of all highways will continue except for the Hemus highway, connecting Sofia with the Black Sea city of Varna. According to officials from the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, the last 118km of the Trakia highway will cost 250 million euro. The Trakia highway connects Sofia with the Black Sea city of Bourgas. Part of the Trakia construction includes the construction of SofiaВ’s south ring road.