Bulgarian Trakiya highway's permit application form is to be approved by the European Commission by the end of 2010, according to Deputy Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski.
The application form has gone through all the required processing and is currently undergoing a mutual agreement procedure at the European Commission, Moskovski announced.
The highway's total budget is EUR 250 M, of which EUR 188 M has already been secured.
The construction of the longest trace betwen towns of Yambol and Karnobat began in September. Then,the Trakiya IV lot promises to finish ahead of schedule the trace and make it ready for use in 2012, even though the deadline in the contract is 2013.
When completed, the Trakia Highway will cross the entire breadth of Bulgaria, from the Serbian border via Sofia, Plovdiv and Stara Zagora, to the Black Sea coastal town of Burgas, a total distance of almost 450 kms