'Bulgarian Louvre' Project Brought to Surprise Halt
Construction works of the project for Sofia-based National Museum Complex, known as the "Bulgarian Louvre”, have been suspended over technical issues, the culture ministry announced.
The ministry made it clear that it is realistic to expect the project to be completed in the autumn of 2014, more than a year later than the initial deadline.
The statement came after media reported that Bulgaria’s culture ministry is delaying payments to the project’s subcontractor Glavbolgarstroy.
The "Bulgarian Louvre" project was launched by the previous center-right government of Boyko Borisov. Its cost is estimated at BGN 27 M, including EU funding under the Regional Development Operational Program and state funding.
The new museum complex is meant to function as a national cultural center set up to collect, preserve, and exhibit Bulgarian artworks.
The "Bulgarian Louvre" is also expected to turn into a prestigious platform for international exhibitions.
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