Bulgaria, Turkey to hold talks on border truck transport problem

Bulgaria and Turkey will hold talks in Turkish capital Ankara on February 21 with the aim of resolving the problem of truck transport permits that has led to problems at the border in the past week.

This was announced by Bulgaria’s transport ministry on February 8, even as leaders of Bulgaria’s freight truck industry were preparing for discussions on whether to blockade the Bulgarian-Turkish border in protest at the situation.

On February 10, reports said that major companies were holding off on participating in a blockade because they wanted to give the February 21 talks a chance. Smaller companies, however, were going ahead with a blockade.

The problem arose after Turkey embarked on reciprocal action after Bulgaria issued a number of transport transit licences far lower than the agreed quota. The result has been long queues of lorries at the Bulgarian-Turkish border, while some Turkish freight companies have diverted trucks via Greece or on Black Sea ferries.

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(Photo: Anton Lefterov)