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Bulgarian carriers: We are united – we are capable of closing all Brussels’ ring roads

Bulgarian carriers: We are united – we are capable of closing all Brussels’ ring roads

17 May 2018 | 15:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We are united like never before. We are supported by all parties and by the Council of Ministers. We will go to Brussels and protest. We are capable of closing all Brussels’ ring roads. This was stated by the chairman of the Association of the Bulgarian Enterprises for International Carriage and Roads, Georgi Petarneichev, during the protest of the carriers against the European Mobility Package, Focus News Agency reports.
“We are years ahead of our competitors in all other countries. They are trying to eliminate us somehow, but not in a fair way, through lower prices, but through administrative channels. This is our life. We have fought to achieve it for 30 years, we won’t give up that easily,” he said.
MEP Angel Dzhambazki also addressed the protesters, “We are against turning 150,000 people into migrants. We want these people to stay and work in Bulgaria,” said the MEP and urged Bulgarian carriers to protest in Brussels as well.
GERB MP Stanislav Ivanov assured the protesters that they are getting the support of the political parties in parliament and expressed hope that the legislative package against which they express their dissatisfaction will not be adopted the way it was proposed.
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Sofia: Bulgarian hauliers protesting against EU “mobility package”

Sofia: Bulgarian hauliers protesting against EU “mobility package”

17 May 2018 | 12:57 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian hauliers are protesting against proposed new rules on the movement of goods and people in the EU, Focus News Agency reports. Many trucks and buses from all over the country were lined up on Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd. in Sofia and there are also protests in Plovdiv, Smolyan, Varna and Vidin.
The protest is against some of the proposed regulations in the so-called Mobility Package I and II. The hauliers oppose the introduction of mandatory weekly rest outside the vehicle, which they say will leave cargoes unprotected and generate extra costs for insurance and hotel accommodation, as well as the requirement for return to home every three weeks, again because of extra costs for the companies.
“Our demands are against discrimination by the large countries. What nonsense! On the 21st day we have to go back to Bulgaria – it’s impossible,” Dimitar Dimitrov, one of the protesting drivers, told Focus News Agency. “I hope things get better, especially once the state has made a commitment. The troubles for the small come from the big ones – France, Germany, England. The state must do its best to protect our interests because it is a revenue-generating sector,” he added.
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PICTURE OF THE DAY
Yulia Skripal with first statement since she came out of coma. May 23, 2018;
Yulia Skripal with first statement since she came out of coma. May 23, 2018;

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Rescue unit of Sofia Municipality came to help a squirrel at risk;
Rescue unit of Sofia Municipality came to help a squirrel at risk;
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