EIB short-listed three companies and five consortia in the tender for technical assistance operation aimed at supporting the Bulgarian administration and in particular the railway infrastructure manager of Bulgaria, NRIC, to establish an adequate calculation methodology of the Track Access Charges (TAC) 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 selected companies are:
1. Atkins [UK] in consortium with Ernst & Young LLP [UK], Ernst & Young EOOD [BG], Transgeo Ltd. [BG] 2. DB International [DE] 3. Deloitte [LU] 4. Egis International [FR] in consortium with Panteia [NL], PPM (Projects Planning and Management Ltd) [BG], Egis Bulgaria [BG] 5. Mott MacDonald [UK] in consortium with EconoVision [NL], InfraCare Ad [BG] 6. Net Engineering S.P.A. [IT] in consortium with Italferr S.p.A. [IT], Mode Consulting S.r.l. [IT], Infraproject Consult Ltd. [BG] 7. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) EU Services EESV [BE] 8. Systra [FR] in consortium with TRADEMCO [EL], GAIAOSE [EL]