Bulgaria's government said on Friday it is reallocating some 116 million euro ($137.7 million) from the construction of part of Struma motorway connecting Sofia to the border with Greece to the construction of Europe motorway connecting the capital to the border with Serbia.
As part of changes to operational programme Transport and Transport Infrastructure 2014-2020, the scope of the project for the construction of a section of Struma motorway in the Kresna Gorge has been reduced and its second stage is now included in the project for the future operational programme Transport Connectivity 2021-2027, the government told SeeNews in an e-mailed statement.
The amount of some 116 million euro, to be used for the construction of 33 km of Europe motorway, will be co-financed from the EU's Cohesion Fund and the Bulgarian national budget.
At present, the scope of the project for the construction of Struma motorway includes only preparatory activities and measures aimed at limiting its negative impact on the environment. The construction has been delayed mainly due to the ecological aspects of the project, the government noted.