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Commenting article: Major Bulgarian Mountain Tunnel to Be Built by 2020

The much anticipated tunnel under the Shipka Pass in Central Bulgaria will be completed before 2020, according to Regional Development Minister Rosen Plevneliev.

The Shipka Pass is located in the central part of the east-west stretching Balkan Mountain (“Stara Planina”), near the city of Gabrovo.

The future tunnel, of which Bulgarian governments have talked for ages, is a major infrastructure project that is supposed to greatly facilitate the traffic and exchange between the northern and southern halves of the country.

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sarkan - 16 Jun 2010 // 18:33:47

"According to Plevneliev, Bulgaria will construct the tunnel whenever it finds an investor that will be willing to build it through a public-private partnership without state guarantees.

If no such investor is found by 2013, the government will seek EU funding from the 2014-2020 financial framework for the Shipka Pass tunnel, the Minister explained in Gabrovo."

Neither there is such an idiot to construct without the state guarantee, nor there is a EU which can afford the costs.

No tunnel, point.

Btw, the Shipka pass is incredibly beautiful, especially in autumn.

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A.Nother - 16 Jun 2010 // 10:26:24

"The much anticipated tunnel under the Shipka Pass in Central Bulgaria will be completed before 2020, according to Regional Development Minister Rosen Plevneliev."

Ha ha, funny one. This is the decade of no cash and no credit. How is any company going to build this without state guarantees by 2020???

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