Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Rossen Jeliazkov, announced that the necessary budget for the realization of all strategic railway projects after 2021 is BGN 4 billion (EUR 2 billion).
The included projects are the rail links with Serbia and Northern Macedonia, Vidin-Medkovets, Karnobat-Sindel, the introduction of a European train management system in several parts of the country’s rail network, as well as the development of the railway junction of Varna and Gorna Oryahovitsa.
“As an EU member state, we are pursuing a clear policy, in line with European priorities, aiming to achieve optimal integration of the transport networks in the Union. The projects on the main TEN-T network should be completed by 2030, and by 2050 all projects of the comprehensive network,” Jeliazkov said.
In July, EBRD announced the invitation for prequalification for a rail infrastructure project in Macedonia, involving Rail Corridor VIII. The project represents the second phase for the rehabilitation of Railway Corridor VIII, eastern part, connecting Macedonia with Bulgaria. For the project, Macedonian Railways Infrastructure Skopje intends prequalifying firms and consortia to tender for the Beljakovce – Kriva Palanka section.