Bulgarian Finance Minister Vows Funds for Perperikon Visitor Center

Tourism | August 7, 2010, Saturday // 16:59|  views

Bulgaria’s Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, got on a Komatsu excavator, but joked finances are easier to manage. Photo by Dariknews

Bulgaria’s cabinet will slate funds for the completion of the visitor center at the Ancient Thracian city of Perperikon, Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, promised.

Djankov, who attended Saturday the opening of Lot 12 of the road between Momchilgrad and Krumovgrad in southern Bulgaria, however pointed out funds will not be given for the current project and for “this price.”

On Friday, Socialist Party Member of the Parliament, Dimcho Mihalevski, alarmed the much-advertised project for a modern visitor center at Perperikon in Southern Bulgaria has stalled and accused Djankov of blocking the funds.

“We will give money for Perperikon as we gave for the church in Sozopol; we will finance all cultural and historic sites in this region (Kardzhali),” the Minister said, adding Bulgaria has plenty to offer as culture and history.

According to Djankov, Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, had asked him, Culture Minister, Vezhdi Rashidov, and Economy Minister, Traicho Traikov, to work in August on the preparation of a common strategy for the development of cultural tourism and Perperikon would be a main location on Bulgaria’s map of cultural and historical sites.

The Minister further commented that the release of the funds from the EU operational program “Regional Development” is a great success for his institution, reminding how these funds were frozen during the term of the previous cabinet, but now can be used to connect remote villages to the rest of the country and help Bulgaria develop its farming and its tourist attractions.

The Momchilgrad – Krumovgrad road is one of the 15 projects for which the European Commission released the previously frozen funds under the program.

The Minister, who drove a Komatsu excavator, joked it is easier to manage finances than road construction equipment.

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