Which will provide high standard rail connection of Turkey with European countries'Halkalı- On 20 May 2021, to examine the works on the Kapıkule Railway Project on site and to exchange views. Çerkezköy To the train station; EU Delegation Head of Economic and Social Development Angel Gutierrez Hidalgo, EU Delegation Head Nikolaus Meyer and his wife, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs Faruk Kaymakçı and TCDD Deputy Director General İsmail Çağlar welcomed the visit accompanied by Bulgarian Ambassador to Turkey Anguel Tcholakov.
Making a series of statements during the visit, Deputy Minister Kaymakçı said, “This project has many dimensions. One of these dimensions is the cooperation between Turkey and the European Union. Turkey as an official candidate since 1999, Turkey has benefited from its funds and important projects under the name of pre-accession blue aid to the European Union. One of these projects is that we will go to review. Halkalı-Kapıkule High Speed Train Project. The European Union has a contribution of approximately 175 million Euros in the project. Thanks to this project Halkalı Transportation between Kapıkule and Kapıkule will be strengthened. With cargo transportation, the time will be reduced from 8 and a half hours to 3 and a half hours. Likewise, passenger times will be reduced to 1 and a half hours. This is a very important project. It is a central country in Turkey's European connection. It is an important project for us. We thank our railways. They are following this project very closely. We would like to thank the European Union for their support. Turkey will continue to move forward on the road to the European Union by air, road and rail. " found the assessment.
Speaking about the railway project and various collaborations between the EU and Turkey, Ambassador Meyer said, “I believe that the project is very important especially in terms of sustainability targets, in terms of achieving the railways targets of Europe and Turkey. This project is one of the largest infrastructure projects supported by the EU. The railway line project will also strengthen this connection. This year was declared the Year of the Railway in Europe. Thus, we develop our cooperation and project in one of our candidate countries and in our friend country. " made his statement.
The EU Delegation, which made various examinations in the station area, followed by Deputy General Manager İsmail Çağlar; Halkalı- They visited the Kapıkule Railway Project team and the construction site where they were working and received information from the authorities about the construction works.