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Bulgarian transport companies vow to sue Greece over border blockade losses

Date: 27.01.2009

The Chair of the Bulgarian Association of Auto Carriers, Miroslav Stolarski, declared Monday Bulgaria's transport companies were going to file a suit against Greece with the EU, because of the sizable losses they had been incurring from the ongoing blockade of the Bulgaria-Greek border by protesting farmers.

The Association has estimated that Bulgarian transport companies have lost over EUR 10 M from the ongoing border blockade, which has left hundreds of Bulgarian and foreign trucks, buses, and cars stuck at border crossing point.

According to Stolarski, the losses a transport firm suffers from the blockade are EUR 500 per truck per day, and reach EUR 600 per bus per day. The companies are already incurring indirect losses and missed benefits as well.

The Chair of the Association sees the only solution in the continuing border blockade in the proposal by Bulgaria's Transport Minister, Petar Mutafchiev, to negotiate with the Greek side a transport corridor for the Bulgarian carries.

"The border blockade is directed against the Bulgarian state and business", Stolarski believes. In his words, Bulgaria's Transport Ministry has suggested alternative routes through Macedonia and Greece but the Greek farmers has blocked them as well.

At the same time, Greek trade with Italy and Southern France is still going on totally unhindered through its ferry terminals, Stalarksi pointed out.

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