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Bulgaria: NRIC and EIB to cooperate on setting the Track Access Charges

The Government adopted a decision on taking actions towards the signing of an agreement for technical assistance on behalf of European Investment Bank to Bulgaria’s National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC), aimed at supporting the Bulgarian administration and in particular NRIC, to establish an adequate calculation methodology of the Track Access Charges (TAC) – a beneficiary under OP Transport 2007-2013.

The decision aims at taking concrete actions towards a proposal for a new tariff policy and set of methods in the adequate calculation of the TAC collected by the NRIC in line with the requirements of the relevant EU directives.

The TAC methodology that is used currently in Bulgaria is based on charging per gross tone * kilometer running on the track. EU Directives require that the calculation of the TACs is based on a combined formula considering a direct cost based approach and including (i) gross tone* kilometer and (ii) train* kilometer. The preparation of the methodology requires an extensive work on studying the Bulgarian railway market, data collection, training, analysing and modelling. The final result is that Bulgaria will have an equitable TAC scheme in force in line with the relevant EU Directives.

The signing and implementation of the technical assistance  agreement will guarantee the provision of equal and fair access to rail infrastructure for all transport operators, will improve the management and control of resources and optimization of maintenance and operation processes of the existing railway infrastructure etc.

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