Bulgarian hauliers threaten new counter-blockade at border with Greece

By bne IntelliNews February 25, 2016

The Bulgarian hauliers warned that they will launch a new counter-blockade at the border with Greece, if protesting Greek farmers do not permanently lift their blockade by February 29, according to a notice on the website of the transport ministry.

The road blockade by the Greek farmers, who are protesting against pensions reforms, has been in place for about five weeks with sporadic interruptions. The result is queues of trucks on the Bulgarian side reaching 10 kilometres in length.

Bulgarian road transportation representatives had meetings with transport minister Ivaylo Moskovski and foreign minister Daniel Mitov on February 24.

Moskovski pointed out that harassment by Greek farmers has continued for nearly 10 years and it is "totally unacceptable and intolerable".

According to Moskovski, the losses for Bulgarian hauliers and business are worth tens of millions, but until now no compensation has been paid by the Greek side.  According to road carriers’ estimates, the average direct daily loss is €150 per truck.

Bulgarian hauliers said that their counter-blockade will apply only to Greek trucks and vans transporting agricultural products through the Bulgarian border checkpoints. They added that they will also block such Greek vehicles trying to enter Bulgaria through Macedonia. The road carriers pointed out that this selective counter-blockade is justified because the current crisis is caused by Greek agricultural producers.

Furthermore, the hauliers warned that if the problem persists, they will move to closing the border with Greece for all vehicles during the periods April 30 – May 7 and July 15 – August 20.

Meanwhile, Moskovski and Mitov said that they will initiate on a bilateral basis and at the level of the European Commission (EC) the creation of a new type of procedure allowing the EC to intervene quickly and effectively to solve such crises. Their two ministries have also notified all EU member states about the severity of the problem at the Bulgarian-Greek border.

The blockade has an impact on the tourism industry too. Nastimir Ananiev, chairman of the parliament's transport committee, said that around 40,000 Bulgarians have cancelled their trips to Greece and about 30,000 Greek citizens have cancelled visits to Bulgaria, Reuters reported on February 24.

Related Articles

Bulgaria’s new president takes office, prepares to appoint caretaker government

Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev and Vice President Iliana Iotova took office on January 22. The new president's team will be presented officially in the week of January 23-29. After taking ... more

Bulgarian prosecutors file indictment against defence minister

The Sofia city prosecutor’s office filed indictment with Sofia city court against outgoing Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev over his alleged failure to ensure aviation safety and the ... more

Bulgaria’s former justice minister launches anti-corruption party

Bulgaria’s former Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov will lead the newly formed Yes Bulgaria party as it prepares to compete in the upcoming general election on an anti-corruption platform.  ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss