Transport Ministers of Bulgaria, Turkey to Discuss Truck Deadlock- PM
Bulgaria's Prime Minister has said that the dispute over transit transport permits with Turkey could be resolved at a meeting of the transport ministers of the two countries.
In a Saturday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), Plamen Oresharski revealed details about his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi.
He suggested that the transport ministers of Bulgaria and Turkey were to hold a meeting to find a solution to the truck deadlock at the border.
Oresharski noted that he and Erdogan had agreed to schedule a joint sitting of the two governments in Sofia at a mutually convenient time, after the upcoming elections in Turkey in March and r the European Parliament elections in May.
The last joint sitting of the governments of Bulgaria and Turkey took place in March 2012 in Ankara, during the term in office of the center-right GERB government, according to reports of mediapool.bg.
Bulgaria's Prime Minister informed that the upcoming visit of Turkey's Foreign Minister to Bulgaria, which was postponed due to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, had also been on the agenda of his meeting with Erdogan.
Regarding his meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Oresharski informed that he had expressed Bulgaria's ambitions to boost exports to Russia.
He specified that the South Stream gas pipeline project had not been among the topics of discussion with Medvedev, adding that a sitting of the joint Russian–Bulgarian Commission for Commercial, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation was to take place in April.
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A message from UND President Mr. Çetin NUHOĞLU to Bulgarian Hauliers:
Dear Bulgarian Transporters,
As I have already mentioned during my interviews with the Turkish media published on last Sunday (9.2.2014), we had been working together, in a friendly manner, until very recently.
Now, I would like to ask you, "What is the problem?"
You have already been dominating 80 % of the road freight transport operations between Bulgaria and Turkey, whereas, we, as Turkish hauliers, have been conducting only 20 % of such movements.
You are currently allowed to enter Turkey with your empty trucks for 17.500 trips.
You have already been performing about 40.000 trips under ECMT Licenses to carry Turkish export goods to European countries.
What is really the problem?
Have you ever asked it to yourself:
- What are we waiting for now?
- Whom do we serve?
- Who could take advantage of this current situation?
- Who will be the ultimate beneficiary of this situation?
- Who will be the loser at the end?
With my kind regards and best regards,