After a decree adopted by the Council of Ministers
Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) will start earlier closed and suspended passenger train services, after the Council of Ministers adopts a decree to this effect on January 21, the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) said on Friday.
Under the future decree, a 40 million leva capital transfer from the national budget to BDZ will be transformed into a subsidy.
On Monday, BDZ reduced the number of trains operating in various parts of the country, because the annual subsidy for public transport services had been reduced by 40 million leva, and because the company decided that it did not have enough rolling stock.
An agreement to stop the train reductions was reached on Friday between the CITUB leadership, Transport Minister Ivaylo
Moskovski and Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov, CITUB said.
Confirming the decision made, Moskovski said that the suspension of 38 train services will be reversed but maybe not fully. "No more trains will be stopped," he added.
BDZ was planning to remove another 90 passenger trains on
February 1. The reversal of the decision is expected to
alleviate tensions among BDZ and passengers.
The additional 40 million leva subsidy to the passenger services arm of BDZ is awaiting approval by the European Commission.
The Transport Minister explained that due to technical problems caused by delayed repairs, the train schedule might have to be adjusted.
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