In a letter to the Prime Minister Marin Raykov and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of RDPW Ekaterina Zaharieva, Todor Bazinski, owner of SeverozapazenaBG.com, requested an update on the matter of the extent of progress of negotiations between Bulgarian and Serbian competent institutions with regard to the opening of the Border Checkpoint Salash-Novo Korito“. „Currently, municipalities on both sides of the Serbia-Bulgaria border have longstanding bilateral cooperation and joint project, which is a prerequisite and huge potential for development of economic cooperation in the area of farming, tourism, small and medium business,” says the letter. The issue is of extreme significance to the development of Bulgaria’s Northwestern Region, the poorest one in the EU.
Based on the Access to Information Act, the site owner requested information about the progress of negotiations regarding the new border checkpoint and stressed the need to active the implementation of this longstanding project, which is desired by both countries.
We remind you that the ide to open the Salash-Novo Korito dates back to 1992. The Bulgarian village Salash and the Serbian village Novo Korito are just 8 km apart. The Kadi Boaz pass, through which the border runs, was used back in Roman times and is a historical trading route to Nish and Western Europe. It is located 19 km away from Belogradchik and 15 km away from the Serbian town of Knyazhevats. The two municipalities are twinned and each year hold a tradition fair of good neighborly relations at the Kadi Boaz.
In 2007 the two countries’ presidents signed an official agreement but the border checkpoint project is yet to be implemented. Opening the BCP Salash-Novo Korito would shorten the trip between Belogradchik and Knyazhevats by more than 100 km. The project is of national significance since it shortens the trip from Serbia to our Black Sea ports and opens numerous opportunities for business and economic revitalization of the region.