Bulgarian government pledges new Veliko Turnovo – Rousse motorway by 2020

The Bulgarian government has confirmed its commitment to building a new highway between Rousse on the Danube and the city of Veliko Turnovo, a project estimated at 800 million leva (about 409.5 million euro).

Liliyana Pavlova, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works in Boiko Borissov’s centre-right government that took office in November 2014, said that the motorway – of about 110km – would be ready in about the year 2020.

Pavlova said that four million leva had been allocated in the budget of Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) for the design, the drafting of a technical project, and later the preparation of a land management plan.

“This is our main priority and we aim to have a project ready as of 2017 and to apply for financing in negotiations with the European Investment Bank under the new programme of European transport corridors,” Pavlova said, according to a media statement by her ministry.

The project was proposed by Bulgaria as part the package of projects financing for which is sought under the “Juncker” plan, Pavlova said.

(Photo of Rousse: (c) Clive Leviev-Sawyer)



The Sofia Globe staff

The Sofia Globe - the Sofia-based fully independent English-language news and features website, covering Bulgaria, the Balkans and the EU. Sign up to subscribe to sofiaglobe.com's daily bulletin through the form on our homepage. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=32709292