Borisov Tries to Cheer Up God-Forsaken Part of Bulgaria

Domestic | May 6, 2011, Friday // 16:58|  views

Bulgarian PM Borisov (left) with the Dorostol Bishop (right) at the inauguration of the new church in Tervel. Photo by DarikNews

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov paid a visit Friday to the northeastern town of Tervel in one of the most dilapidated parts of Bulgaria.

It turned out that Borisov is the first Bulgarian Prime Minister to ever visit the town of Tervel with a population of 6 000 people in the Dobrich District near Bulgaria's land border with Romania, in the geographical region of Dobrudzha.

"Nobody is visiting this wonderful part of the country because there are no highways and there is a great risk of road accidents," Borisov said offering his explanation of why the Bulgarian leadership in Sofia hardly ever thinks of such remote parts of the country.

He was welcomed very warmly precisely because he is the first Bulgarian PM to come to Tervel.

The reason for Borisov's visit was the inauguration of a new church on the Day of St. George, or Gergyovden, May 6, named after one of the most revered Orthodox saints.

The church's construction cost BGN 1.2 M, of which BGN 720 000 came from the municipality, and BGN 350 000 from two state programs.

"We are not counting how many mosques are there, we are counting how many churches we've built," Borisov said as cited by Darik Radio, stressing that the church he opened will be one of many in this part of the country.

The Prime Minister sought to explain to the locals that the construction of more highways and high speed roads will help the development of their region – even though none of the projects that he describe technically go through the town of Tervel.

He stressed, however, that the Hemus highway – from Sofia to Varna via Northern Bulgaria and two high-speed roads – from Ruse to Shumen and the Hemus highway – and form Shabla on the Black Sea to Varna are close to Tervel, and will help boost the region. He reminded the EU has agreed to fund the Hemus Highway and seven high-speed roads, including the two that he mentioned.

In Tervel Borisov declined to speak about the presidential and local elections in the fall of 2011 saying that his party GERB has a lot of work, and that they will be dealing with the elections in July and August.

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Tags: Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister, Tervel, Dobrudzha, Dobrich District, Hemus Highway, Ruse-Shumen road, Shabla-Varna road


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