BG-RO Strategy improves the transport in the region

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The Association of Danube River Municipalities "Danube" recognizes the potential of the Danube region in Bulgaria for economic growth, socio-cultural significance and environmental sustainability, and considers that a key factor in the realization of this potential is the transport connectivity of the region and its integration into the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). This was announced today in Ruse by Ms. Maria Tzankova, Executive Director of the Association, during the closing press conference of the project "Investigation of opportunities for reducing the TEN-T network use within the cross-border region Romania-Bulgaria through optimization of the freight and passenger transport and the development of a joint mechanism for support of the intermodal connections". The press conference is organized on the occasion of the completion of the project, which is funded under the Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria Cross-Border Program 2014-2020 and implemented by the Association of Danube River Municipalities "Danube" and the Group for Environmental Initiative and Sustainable Development - Craiova, Romania.

A joint Bulgarian-Romanian Expert Preliminary Study on Optimizing Freight and Passenger Transport and the Development of a Joint Intermodal Support Mechanism in the Romania-Bulgaria Cross-Border Region was drawn up within the scope of the project, recommending the construction of an intermodal system in the cross-border region Romania-Bulgaria with its elements: bridges and ferry connections, intermodal terminals, modal transfer points and transport links. 8 round tables were held in Romania and Bulgaria with the participation of a wide range of stakeholders. As a result, a Strategy for Improving the TEN-T Network has been prepared with several objectives: improving the capacity to implement intermodal transport policies; implementing support for planning and developing intermodal solutions to support the implementation of integrated transport systems from the TEN-T network; promoting the objectives and promoting the use of intermodal transport in the cross-border region Romania-Bulgaria.

The Head of the Department of Transport at Angel Kanchev University of Ruse, Mr. Assen Assenov, said that the implementation of this Strategy is important not only for the region, but also for the country. He pointed out that the University of Rousse has a team of transport experts, who, with their expertise, can contribute to the achievement of the goals set out by the project. Cross-border transport is also a European priority, said Mr. Octavian Udrish, Transport Policy Advisor to the Mayor of Bucharest.

The Association of Danube River Municipalities, in co-operation with its Romanian partners, consistently seeks to attract external financing and mobilize stakeholder efforts to explore transport connectivity and to offer solutions that will unleash the potential of the region by modernizing and optimizing the transport system. "Transport is the backbone of regional development, so we hope that through this project we will be able to improve the situation in the cross-border area," Ms. Olivia Komsa from the Group for Ecological Initiative and Sustainable Development Foundation added. We are in a very favorable situation, because Bulgaria holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU, followed by Austria and Romania, three Danube countries in a row, Ms. Komsa said. The results of the project have already been presented at a high level in the EU, in the presence of the Commissioner for Transport, Ms. Violeta Bulz, within the framework of the Danube Transport Day, on 23rd November 2017, in the European Parliament in Brussels. There was a strong message for the development of transport as a significant sector for achieving socio-economic growth in the Bulgarian-Romanian part of the Danube macro-region.

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