Bulgaria and Turkey to prepare new intergovernmental agreement on road transport licensing system

Eight hours of talks between the transport ministers of Bulgaria and Turkey have produced an agreement to come up with a new deal on a road transport licensing system to replace the current one that dates from 1977.

This is a sequel to continuing disputes between the countries and their road transport associations which have led to protests and border blockages, the most recent being those in the weeks preceding the February 17 2014 meeting between Bulgarian Transport Minister Daniel Papazov and his Turkish counterpart Lyufti Elvan in Ankara.

A phasing in of full liberalisation of the system will begin, covering the first stage of all bilateral transit permits, Papazov told public broadcaster Bulgarian National Radio in a February 18 interview.

The two ministers agreed that the new documents would include preparation for a full liberalisation of the permit regime, to cover bilateral and transit shipments, without the shipments to and from third countries.

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