Over fifty Italian companies from the infrastructure and construction sector participated in the “Building together: Italy, Serbia and Montenegro” conference organized by the ICE Agency in Belgrade, by the Italian Association of Construction Companies ( ANCE), the Engineering and Consulting Associations (OICE) and the Italian Embassy in Belgrade that took part yesterday, 29th May, at the Moskva Hotel in Belgrade.
The conference’s aim is not only to allow the participants to explore the opportunities stemming from infrastructure projects in Serbia and Montenegro, but first and foremost, to serve as a platform for re-launching the Italian presence in the aforementioned sectors in the two countries.
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It is no coincidence that the conference is also organized in the light of the latest European Union addresses, focused on the development of infrastructural projects in the Western Balkans, clearly defined in the European Balkan Connectivity Agenda which aim is to strengthen ties between the different geographical areas and also between these areas and Europe. The European Union’s strategic choice also requires a more strategic and systemic approach to Italy, in an effort to make up for lost time in recent years which have seen the Chinese, Russian, Turkish and Azeri companies having a strong, dynamic presence in the region.
The Serbian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlovic highlighted the full openness and willingness of the Serbian government and local authorities to welcome and support Italian companies, while the new Italian ambassador Carlo Lo Cascio outlined the renewed commitment of the diplomatic representation in the sector and its geopolitical importance. During the conference, the representatives of the Italian companies that have been operating in the two Balkan countries, which include Pizzarotti, Italiana Costruzioni and INSO, have been told to share problems and solutions with companies that are planning their entry to the market of the two countries.
The areas of greatest interest to the companies involved in this exploration mission are health infrastructure, environmental protection and sanitation, traffic, as well as renewable sources and energy efficiency in public bodies and enterprises.
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