Bulgarian Builders on Mass Protest at US Training Ground

Business | April 19, 2010, Monday // 08:52|  views

Last week some 150 builders blockaded a road near the Novo Selo training ground in Eastern Bulgaria. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian construction companies and their workers are starting a four-day protest at the Novo Selo training ground, a facility used by the US Army.

Representatives of 21 construction companies from Southeast Bulgaria have been protesting throughout April as they claim money owed to them for work their performed as subcontractors on the Novo Selo training ground.

The protesters are planning to blockade a local road leading to the military training ground which is used jointly by the Bulgarian and US armed forces under an inter-governmental agreement.

The companies say the contractor, the German company Bilfinger Berger, owes them several million BGN for their services, and demand that the US Army Corps of Engineers, which finances the Novo Selo training ground, execute the necessary control over the carrying out of the contract.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has advised the protestors to turn to the Bulgarian court for the settlement of many disputes they might have with the contractor.

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Tags: Novo Selo, training ground, protest, US army, US Army Corps of Engineers


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