The Bulgarian government has approved an agreement between Bulgaria and Romania to open a border control point between Ruse (Bulgaria) and Giurgiu (Romania) on the Danube River, which will enable the restart of a ferry connection linking the port cities.
The border checkpoint will service travelers and vehicles using the ferry ship between Bulgaria's Ruse and Romania's Giurgiu, according to a statement by the government's press office.
Restarting the ferry link service is seen as a major step towards alleviating the congestion in the 2-way traffic of goods and people between the countries.
At a meeting in January 2022, the Bulgarian and Romanian governments agreed to resume the ferry service and to explore the construction of a 2nd bridge over the Danube between Ruse and Giurgiu. The ferry should commence operating by June 2022, local media reported.
Currently, there are only 2 bridges - Ruse-Giurgiu and Vidin-Calafat - over the river border between the two countries, which is 350 km long.