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Minister Ivaylo Moskovski and Deputy Prime Minister Simeon Djankov opened the Project BULRIS

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On 18th October, 2011, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Finance, Simeon Djankov, and the Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, Ivaylo Moskovski, opened the first phase of the Project Implementation of RIS in the Bulgarian stretch of the river Danube - BULRIS - in Rousse. “Without this project, Bulgaria would remain largely isolated from the other Danube countries”, said the Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications. 

“Without this project, Bulgaria would remain largely isolated from the other Danube countries”, said the Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications. In his words, the implementation will improve the navigation on the river Danube. “The information system allows for an integrated information exchange, which will enables to a great extent the shippers, operators and managers of shipping companies to optimize their business and have more accurate information on the movement of their goods and personnel on the river Danube”, he said.

According to Minister Moskovski, BULRIS will create additional conditions for development of the intermodal terminals in the Bulgarian ports. “If our government had not accelerated the implementation of this project and it was not secured with funds from the national budget we would not meet the European directives”, added further Minister Moskovski.

The BULRIS project is included in priority axes IV of Operational Programme ‘Transport’ and already has an approved application form. The beneficiary Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company has for the whole project a budget of Euro 18 million. Following a tender procedure for the implementation of the first phase was selected ‘Holding BULRIS 2009’ to build the basic infrastructure and develop the system components. The finances provided for the realization of this phase are 12 million BGN excluding VAT. To date, successfully completed testing of all sub-systems and test the entire functionality of the integrated system; the first step of this phase is completed. The second and the third phase of the project plan to build a new river information centre in Rousse, and extension of the scope of services and introduction of new sensors and set up of new functions of the information system. This will happen by the end of 2013.

The successful implementation of this project will not only allow Bulgaria to meet EU requirements to improve the navigation but also to expand opportunities for modernization of the port infrastructure by offering competitive transport services, to attract more transit cargo through its Danube ports and create conditions for accelerated development of the intermodal terminals along the river.