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Bulgaria is the new Chair of the Danube Commission

On June 2, 2011, Bulgaria was elected to chair over Danube Commission for a term of 3 years.

The main priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency will be the improvement of navigation on the Danube as an important part of the European transport infrastructure, the effective integration of transport corridor № 7 in the pan-European network of waterways, the review and enforcement of the existing Convention on the regime of navigation on the Danube, signed in August 1948, according to political and economic changes.

Bulgaria has made it its aim to contribute to the effective implementation of the tasks of the Committee and to ensure free and safe navigation on the Danube. As a member of the EU, the Bulgarian Presidency will work for better coordination and cooperation during the implementation of common priorities of the Danube Commission and the Danube Strategy of the European Union.

The Danube Commission, established in 1948, is the inheritor of the oldest international organization in Europe, which was established on March 30, 1856, when the principle of free navigation on the Danube was declared for the first time. Members of the Danube Commission, apart from Bulgaria, are Austria, Germany, Moldova, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Montenegro and Croatia.

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