(DF) Bulgaria Takes Over Rotating TRASECA Intergovernmental Commission Chairmanship

October 21 (BTA) – At the 15th Meeting of member countries signatory to the Basic Multilateral Agreement on International Transport for Development of the Europe – the Caucasus – Asia Corridor (TRASECA), caretaker Transport, Information Technology and Communications Minister Hristo Alexiev took over on behalf of Bulgaria the Chairmanship of TRASECA for the next mandate, his Ministry said on Thursday. Speaking at the meeting, Alexiev outlined the programme’s current main priorities. These include removal of institutional and legal barriers before transport and international trade; development of the railway and motor vehicle sector, rail and ferryboat connections; sea routes and multimodal transport. He also expressed a desire to boost cooperation with the European Commission and international organizations, hand in hand with guaranteed alignment of requirements and standards for the different types of transport. The Bulgarian Government has focused on the development of modern rail and road infrastructure along the East-West axis to provide favourable conditions for free movement of goods and people, Alexiev underscored. The prospects for the development of the road and rail infrastructure along the TRASECA involve the establishment of fast, coordinated and secure transport connection across Europe and to the southeast – towards Turkey, Central and Eastern Asia. The efforts for further upgrading of Bulgaria’s two largest Black Sea ports of Varna and Burgas continue with both private and public funds, the Minister said further. These ports are essential in providing fast and reliable maritime transport between TRASECA countries./LG/BR //