Provinces of Bulgaria
A person was hit by a train in the Iskar Gorge near the Lakatnik station, the BDZ has confirmed to Focus Agency. The accident occurred at about 7.45 this morning between Eliseyna and Lakatnik. The train was travelling from Lom to Sofia. Trains in the area have been halted until the on-site investigation concludes.
The Parliament has declared Veliko Tarnovo a historical and spiritual capital of Bulgaria, Focus News Agency reports. The decision was supported by 99 MPs, without votes against or abstentions. The item was put on the agenda at the beginning of the session as suggested by Speaker of Parliament Tsveta Karayancheva.
Two new protected areas in Rila will be established after the government has decided to do so.
The zones are located on the periphery of Rila National Park. The Rila Buffer Protected Area is about 380 km2 under the Birds Directive and the Low Rila Protected Zone is about 370 km2 and is under the Habitats Directive. The two areas overlap as territory.
The necessary budget for the realization of all strategic railway projects in Bulgaria after 2021 is 4 billion levs. This was announced by the Minister of Transport Rosen Zhelyazkov during a working breakfast with representatives of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Austrian Commercial Representation in Bulgaria.