Bulgarian carriers call off blockade of Greek border at Orthodox Easter

A meeting between Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, Transport Minister Ivailo Moskovski, road carriers and tour operators on April 25 resulted in a planned blockade of the Greek border for 10 days starting at the Orthodox Easter being called off.

The road carriers had threatened the blockade in February when Greek farmers protesting against pension reforms in that country blocked the Greek-Bulgarian border for several weeks.

The blockade by the Bulgarian drivers was announced in recent days, as retaliation directed against Greece’s economy, in particular the earnings from Bulgarian tourists during the holidays linking the Orthodox Easter and Bulgaria’s St George’s Day.

Moskovski said that a declaration would be adopted with a final warning to Greece and the Greek farmers about blockading the border. The declaration, calling on Greece to henceforth avoid border blockades lest there be reciprocal actions from the Bulgarian side, so far had been signed by tour operators and was expected to be supported by other industries.

The declaration would be presented to Greece’s ambassador in Sofia, Moskovski said.

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(Photo: Bulgarian Interior Ministry)