The study will focus on strategic issues.

BULGARIA: The Ministry of Transport has appointed consultancy Faber Maunsell to produce a national multi-modal transport masterplan.

Much of Bulgaria's transport infrastructure is in a poor condition as a result of past underinvestment, but accession to the European Union in January 2007 has made significant funds available, with €2bn allocated for 2007-13.

The €2·5m study by Faber Maunsell will run for 12 months. The consultancy will establish a medium and long-term investment programme to support economic development through improved rail, road, water and air transport, focusing on strategic issues to ensure that infrastructure is in place to support domestic and international freight and passenger demand.

The results will form the basis for the preparation of detailed business cases for individual projects.