A Chinese company has expressed interest to build in Bulgaria a plant for the construction of locomotives and wagons, without any state guarantees, announced Prime Minister Ognian Gerdjikov. The Prime Minister noted that the company has accomplished quite a lot in neighboring countries. He expressed hopes that the negotiations will be completed within the mandate of the caretaker government. According to him Bulgaria needs strong investors. “The interest in Bulgaria lately has increased and I am happy that we can put a good start in this respect,” added the Prime Minister. He defined China as a partner with good prospects and underlined that work is being done on cooperation in other fields, such as tourism.
A few days ago Gerdjikov held a meeting at the Council of Ministers with the Vice President of one of the biggest Chinese companies CRRC, which holds a leading position worldwide in the production of transport equipment. During the meeting the investors informed that they have started preliminary talks on the opportunities for cooperation with the Bulgarian Railway Company.
In a gesture of support for the Bulgarian railways, today Prime Minister Gerdjikov traveled with a steam train to the Cherepishki Monastery “Uspenie Bogorodichno”. In the trip, organized by the Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications on the occasion of the forthcoming National Holiday – March 3rd, took part ministers from the caretaker government and representatives of the diplomatic corps. “There is no prosperous country without railways,” the Prime Minister was categorical.
When asked to comment on the words of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker about “Europe on two speeds”, the Prime Minister underlined that in his view the future of Europe lies in federalism, because otherwise it would not be able to counterbalance the big economies. “Europe in the recent years has lost some of its positions in this respect and one of the ways is this,” he added. Gerdjikov once again expressed his willingness for our country to apply for the “waiting room” for the Eurozone and pointed out that a committee of experts has been formed, which will work on the preparation and the negotiations. “We should not be hasty, this is a political decision, not only financial and economic, things should be prepared seriously in order to achieve success,” said the Prime Minister.
Gerdjikov confirmed that the caretaker government is ready to nominate the Bulgarian commissioner if no government is formed after the elections.