Bulgarian PM Ordered an Inspection of Subsidies for Passenger Transport in Small Settlements

Domestic | February 7, 2019, Thursday // 13:42|  views

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has ordered the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications to check in connection with the granting of subsidies for passenger transport on unprofitable bus lines in sparsely populated mountain and border regions in the country. The Prime Minister met with the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Rosen Zhelyazkov and the President of the Confederation of Bus Transports Magdalena Miltenova.

The Prime Minister ordered that all specific cases reported in the media be verified. "We have more money and there are people with discontent, this is not the way to happen," the prime minister said. Prime Minister Borisov points out that more than 4 million leva have been allocated for making lines that reach small settlements. Borisov asked for consideration about modifying the model - for more justice and responsibility, not only from the state but also from the municipalities in subsidizing and compensating public bus transport. The prime minister also called for concrete measures against the unregulated gray transport sector.

Magdalena Miltenova, chairman of the Bus Transport Association, said that the organization is open to all proposals of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications for the "lightening" of the branch and the improvement of the transport services.