Bulgaria, Romania face EU sanctions of Danube River ferry – report

Bulgaria and Romania could face “serious financial sanctions” imposed by the European Union if the two countries fail to launch the ferry boat service between the town of Silistra (on the Bulgarian bank of Danube River) and Calarasi (in Romania), Bulgarian National Television (BNT) said on August 10.

The ferry line, built using tens of millions of euro in EU funds, has not been operational for the past three years as the two concession companies on the opposite banks of the river, BNT said.

To help solve the dispute, Bulgaria’s Cabinet cancelled the 35-year contract with the Bulgarian concessionaire in May, which means that the ferry boat terminal is now being operated by the country’s ports authority.

Negotiations to solve the issue and resume the ferry line’s operations would continue in the coming days, BNT said.

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