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06 February, 1998
The Greek Railways Organization (OSE) and its Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) counterpart yesterday decided to inaugurate a Thessaloniki to Skopje route with high-speed trains.
The decision was announced during the 12th conference of Balkan railroad organizations' managing directors, taking place in Thessaloniki.
The rail connection is expected to commence sometime in 1998, while the possibility of an express rail connection from Thessaloniki to Istanbul was also examined.
OSE Managing Director Yiannis Mourmouris said that while these connections can begin immediately as far as necessary equipment and technical ability goes, there are problems with European Union regulations and customs controls, which must first be ironed out.
He added that Greece is interested in reopening the land corridor to the north connecting Greece with central Europe.
Source: Athens News Agency