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South East Europe - Articles and news items

UITP and CER support update of Romanian Transport Master Plan

Rail industry news / 1 August 2016 /

The UITP and the Community of European Railways (CER) have applauded the Romanian government and especially the Romanian Transport Ministry for taking major steps to improve the Romanian Transport Master Plan (RTMP), particularly with regards to the measures foreseen for the country’s railways…

South East Europe: Rail financing challenges

Issue 3 2016 / 25 May 2016 /

In the development of European transport policies, growing priority is given to railway transportation. This places huge pressure on railway infrastructure managers and EU Member State governments to provide major financing for railway infrastructure projects. This challenge is particularly important for the ‘Cohesion countries’, such as Bulgaria, because in addition to the poor condition of railway infrastructure, they have limited budgetary capabilities. However, they dispose of the options of the Cohesion Policy. As Maria Tchakarova, Director of the NRIC explains, a continuous challenge exists of combining various financial instruments when building new or modernising existing railway infrastructure…

Positive progress for railways in the Western Balkans

Issue 3 2016 / 25 May 2016 /

Nedim Begović, Transport Planning Manager at the South East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO) writes about the latest investments of the Core Regional Transport Network, underlining that although the last three years have seen a positive trend towards rail infrastructure investment, a lot more is still needed to increase the competitiveness of railways in the Western Balkans…

Delivering change to South East Europe

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 7 April 2016 /

Ahead of his article in European Railway Review Issue 3 2016, Nedim Begovic – Transport Planning Manager at the South East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO) provides a quick overview here of the latest developments of the Core Regional Transport Network MoU…

Positive financial future for rail in Bulgaria

Issue 1 2013 / 18 February 2013 /

In 2012, the NRIC (the National Railway Infrastructure Company of Bulgaria) reported very good financial results and succeeded in clearing all debts owed to external partners. In a comprehensive interview for European Railway Review, Joanna Dimitrova, Financial Director of NRIC speaks about these recent achievements and what can be expected in the near future…