“In the past 10 years, together with the European Investment Bank, Serbia has implemented projects worth 7 billion EUR”, Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic has said after the meeting with the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer in Belgrade.
They also spoke about “current projects implemented by Serbia with the EIB, estimating that these projects are significant for the citizens of Serbia because they show why the European Union (EU) is beneficial to them.”
At a joint press conference with Hoyer in the Serbian government, Brnabic said that the projects that Serbia is implementing with the EIB are the best indicators of the importance that the EU had for Serbia.
She also pointed out that the value of the ongoing projects that Serbia has been implementing with the EIB, which are at various stages of realization, was 1 billion EUR.
The prime minister added that most of Serbia’s healthcare projects were realized with the EIB and that one of the best examples of that was the Clinical Centre in Nis which was completely built as a result of that cooperation.
“In June, we will start with the reconstruction of the Clinical Center of Serbia, and then we will work on other clinical centers. In addition to health, we have been working together on several projects in the IT industry, research, innovation, start-up projects etc. These projects are worth about 65 million EUR”, Brnabic said.
“The Nis-Merdare-Pristina-Tirana-Durres motorway is the next big priority, and we have already started working on drafting the required documentation. Yesterday, EIB signed an agreement with SMATSA and smaller, but equally important support projects for small and medium enterprises”, the prime minister announced.
Brnabic added that the pillars of the cooperation with the EI were also IT, and research and development projects which value amounts to approximately 65 million EUR, as well as water and wastewater treatment projects amounting to about 50 million EUR.
According to her, 70 million EUR will be invested in projects of computer networking in schools in Serbia.
Hoyer noted that benefitting the citizens of Serbia was the most important when it comes to projects and that, in terms of understanding digitalization, Serbia was ahead of some other European countries.
“The knowledge that the citizens of Serbia have about the digital world is higher than in many other European countries. We are talking about the creative side of digitalization here, not just a technical connection, but a new level of creativity”, Hoyer said.
He also said that he saw a good future for transport and infrastructure projects in this region, adding that the goal was to bring the quality of life in Serbia closer to that in the EU.