Bulgaria Deputy PM Intervenes in Traffic Permits Dispute with Turkey
Deputy Prime Minister Daniela Bobeva has vowed to help solve the dispute over transit traffic permits between Bulgaria and Turkey.
Bobeva informed Tuesday that she would ask Turkish authorities in a letter to organize a meeting within 24 hours, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).
The dispute over quotas for one-off transit traffic permits flared up in early February.
On Friday, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski explained the delays in the talks with staff changes at the Turkish government, according to reports of dnevnik.bg.
Meanwhile, representatives of small and medium-sized carriers, who are worst affected by the lack of one-off permits, blocked the Kapitan Andreevo and Lesovo border crossing points for trucks. The blockade continues for a second day on Tuesday and representatives of major carriers are expected to join the protest.
According to Georgi Petarneichev, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Bulgarian Enterprises for International Road Transport and Roads (AEBTRI), Bobeva will insist that talks be held in the next 24 hours instead of waiting for the meeting of the transport ministers of the two countries scheduled for February 21.
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