European Commission Expects to See Bulgarian Action Plan on Road Infrastructure

European Commission Expects to See Bulgarian Action Plan on Road Infrastructure

The European Commission expects of Bulgaria an action plan on the problems with its road infrastructure, Eva Kaluzynska, the Spokesperson of Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Huebner, BTA reported.

Commissioner Huebner met with Bulgarian Finance Minister Plamen Presharski on Wednesday.

According to Kaluzynska, the aim of the process which started with the suspension of EU funding for Bulgarian road projects, was to examine the situation, probe suspected irregularities and prepare an action plan.

EU payments for Bulgarian road infrastructure projects under the pre-accession instrument ISPA were suspended in January this year.

The Regional Development Spokesperson quoted Commossioner Huebner saying that the European Commission will work in close cooperation with the Bulgarian authorities for a prompt solution of the problems. Commissioner Huebner noted though that the Commission will need proofs that the action plan is being implemented in a satisfactory manner, which means that the plan should be followed by action.

The Spokesperson went on to express optimism that progress will be made by the time Commossioner Huebner visits Bulgaria in the second half of May. She added that the pace of the progress depends will depend on the Bulgarian side.

What the European Commission needs is proof that the action plan works and an EU-organized audit to verify that.

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