According to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Progress Report for 2012, the three EU members in Southeastern Europe (SEE) – Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia have attracted 3.6% of the total investments allocated by the TEN-T programme. At the end of 2012, 379 projects with total TEN-T funding of EUR 7.1 bln were ongoing or completed. More than 40% of them, worth EUR 4.1 bln, were designated for development of railway infrastructure. Out of these projects, 174 with total TEN-T funding of EUR 5.6 bln were within the 30 priority projects defined by the EU.
Romania received 1.9% of the total investments under the programme, Slovenia – 1.1% and Bulgaria – 0.6%. Out of the railway investments, 1.4% was allocated to Romania, 1.3% to Slovenia and 0.5% to Bulgaria. Three of EU’s priority projects pass through the territory of SEE:
• PP 7 – Igoumenitsa/Patras-Athens-Sofia-Budapest – connects the major cities in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, including a branch to Romania’s capital Bucharest and the Romanian Black Sea port city of Constanta. Financial support by TEN-T amounts to EUR 3.5 mln;
• PP 18 – Waterway axis Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube – EUR 191 mln financial support by TEN-T;
• PP 22 – Railway axis Athens–Sofia–Budapest–Vienna–Prague–Nuremberg/Dresden – EUR 21.9 mln financial support by TEN-T
These three priority projects are planned for completion by 2020. Works on a number of subprojects in Bulgaria continue in 2013. The most important of them are the modernization of the railway line Radomir – Kulata in southwest Bulgaria with deadline December 2015 and the Sea2Sea project for freight corridor from Bulgaria’s ports Varna and Burgas to Greek Alexandrupolis and Kavala, planned to be completed by December 2014.