Geri Holding, the American company running its business in Italy, has now officially deposited its investment plan for the airport in Gorna Oryahovitsa in the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport; the total cost of the project is more than 100 million euro. The information was published in a local newspaper last week.
The Council of Ministers is expected to vote the conditions of the concession by the end of May and the optimistic outcome of the situation is that by the end of the year Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport will have its concessioner.
It was revealed that, as we already know, the American investor intends to bring back to life the airport and operate passenger and cargo flights. The new info that was disclosed is that he will also set up an aircraft recycling factory where ‘retired’ airplanes will be disassembled and parted out. Reportedly this will be the first of its kind air base in Europe. The local economy will also be boosted and the labour market will be awakened – around 500 new jobs will be available once the airport is a fact.
The new road is looking good.
The road connecting Veliko Tarnovo and Elena is officially open from today. The lot was closed for the last six months following the landslides in December which split it in two. The reconstruction of the road was completed within the set time limit and only the horizontal road markings need to be painted. Due to the recent precipitations it was not done but once the weather allows it the process will be finished.
During the rehabilitation of the road more than 90 reinforced concrete beams were placed along the trace to provide further protection; each of them is 8 m long. Surface and ground waters which were the main reason for triggering the landslides are now drained through newly-built ditches.
Sturgeon is one of the endangered species
Wondering where to spend the afternoon? If you are, you can visit the WWF Living Danube Tour event which will be held in Veliko Tarnovo. Today, from 2 pm till 8 pm at Marno Pole Park, residents and guest of the town will see some of the most endangered fish species living in the Danube River. People will also learn about river inhabitants, how to keep rivers clean and what destroys their balance, putting different species at risk. Visitors will hear how to stop depleting water resources and reduce climate change. During the tour children will get acquainted with various fish species living in the Danube and its tributaries, the challenges they face every day (pollution, overfishing) and what everyone can do to help the river inhabitants survive. Kids will also participate in variety of interactive games.
The old capital is just one of the stops of Living Danube Tour in Bulgaria which aims to promote a regional movement for wetland conservation and restoration. The tour is part of the bigger scheme LIFE+ Free Fish.
Here you can read more about Bulgaria’s participation in the project:
The Holy Forty Martyrs Church
The Regional History Museum in Veliko Tarnovo is taking part and organizing The Night of Museums and Galleries initiative for 11th year in a row. This year the event will take place on 15th May, Friday, the venue being the Middle Ages churches located at the foot of Tsarevets Fortress; this year’s edition will be dedicated to the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of the Asen and Petar.
The Church of Saints Petar and Paul will be open for free visits from 5 pm till 1 am; guides on the site will be telling about the history of the church to everyone. The Church of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki and The Holy Forty Martyrs Church and the Great Lavra Monastery will be available from 7.30 pm onwards; entrance is again free.
The third edition of the Free Books for Your Plastic Waste Campaign is going to be held in Veliko Tarnovo this year. Sofia and Plovdiv already saw the event happening with huge success – more than 7 tonnes of waste was collected and more than 4200 books given away. The campaign will take place on 23rd May, Saturday, from 10 am onwards; the venue will be Mall Veliko Tarnovo.
All you need to do is hand in 1 kg of plastic waste and in return you will receive a voucher for a free book. If you bring 2 kg of plastic you will get 2 vouchers. A third voucher will be not given no matter of the quantity of the rubbish you have. All the plastic waste will be safely disposed of and recycled by the largest packaging recovery organization in Bulgaria – Ecopack.
340 exhibitors are expected to present the finest of their animals, farming machinery and crafts at the coming Fourth Sheep Breeders’ Fair. It will take place at the Petropavlovski monastery, near Arbanasi from 8th to 10th May. The fair is one of its kind in Europe and is expected to attract participators from more than 13 countries. Organizers are promising lots of events and good mood during the three days. Two stages will be set up; they will host a number of concerts and events. There will be also a many competitions, among which sheering and milking contests, dog exhibition, cooking shows and oil wrestling.
Cooking contest, concert, competitions as well as souvenir stalls and many attractions will be featured in the coming Egg Feast which is being organized by Pavlikeni Municipality for a second year in a row. The one of its kind fête drew a lot of attention last year and is promising to be just as successful this year. It will be held on May, 1st with events starting from 10.00 am. Co-organizer of the fest will be the local Haipro egg factory which will provide more than 3600 eggs for the day.
The feast will last more than 12 hours and it will be held under the slogan One egg – many ways. According to Pavlikeni’s Mayor, Emanuil Manolov, last year the event gathered more than 3000 people in the town’s square. This year he’s promising even more fun, contests and of course prizes.