INTEGRATION Bochvarski: Committed to EU integration, transport and trade facilitation

Large investments for construction and modernization of the road network within pan-European Corridors VIII and X are currently realized and there are intensive operations for continuation of the works on the railway infrastructure leading to the Republic of Bulgaria, said Minister of Transport and Communications Blagoj Bochvarski at the third Ministerial Council EU-Western Balkans of the Transport Community.

Minister Bochvarski said the Government is committed to the country’s EU integration, enhancement of regional networking, facilitation of transport and trade, and increased cooperation with other countries of the Western Balkans.

“In this time of a global health crisis, when the inter-dependency of regional countries is coming to light, mutual support and cooperation is key,” said Bochvarski.

Objectives of the Transport Community Treaty and the Networking Agenda were in the focus of the video-conference meeting that included European Commission for Mobility and Transport Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, Director of Transport Community Permanent Secretariat Matej Zakonjšek, Transport Community Ministerial Council Chair and Bosnia-Herzegovina Minister of Transport and Communications Vojin Mitrovic, as well as Western Balkans transport  ministers. The European Commission officials presented the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans and the Union’s support for realization of the planned investments aimed at improving countries’ networking.

Bochvarski said efforts must focus on overcoming the crisis effects and acceleration of the economies’ recovery.

“By implementing the Transport Community Treaty we are reaffirming our pledge for enhancement of the transport system, road safety, improved regional networking, increased economic cooperation and EU integration,” noted Minister Bochvarski.

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