TRANSPORT LINKS ON THE BALKANS NOT READY FOR USE YET
The resources allocated from the state budget for implementation of big infrastructural projects in Bulgaria are not sufficient, therefore support from big private companies should be sought, Transport Minister Peter Mutafchiev said at the Seventh Economic Forum for South East Europe held in Sofia last week. The priority projects he described are known well, but unfortunately they have been seriously delayed. Among them are the construction of the second bridge on the Danube river and the modernisation of the Bourgas port and the railroad connecting Plovdiv and Svilengrad. All of them will allow for developing normal transport links among the Balkan states.
Each country in the region is too small, which is why doing joint business and building joint infrastructure are of extreme importance, Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev said at the opening of the forum. However, there are serious obstacles in front of the development of mutual links. Beside the backward infrastructure, the alleviation of the customs proceedings deserve attention, too, Bosnia and Herzegovina Transport Minister Branko Dokic reminded.