The Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlovic, has stated that there is no part of the transport system that hasn’t suffered due to the coronavirus epidemic, whether air, rail, water or road transport.
“The first assessments of the damage in transport and infrastructure show that the damage amounts to over EUR 110 million. The Ministry of Transport is communicating directly with all companies and I hereby would like to invite all construction and road companies, as well as business associations and chambers, to send us their opinions and suggestions and to give us information about their current state so that we could devise a realistic programme of measures for overcoming the crisis together,” said Mihajlovic, as announced on the ministry’s website.
She pointed out that the damage assessment and an economic recovery plan had been a concern from the moment the crisis occurred and that a special crisis group had been formed, led by the Serbian president, which estimates the damage and adopts the measures.
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Mihajlovic also pointed out that water transport suffered as well, due to the cessation of passenger traffic, and that large cruise ship lines had been discontinued. She added that bus transport was severely affected as well, as well as rail transport, which recorded a slight drop in cargo transport.
“Undoubtedly, the air transport is the most affected and direct damage so far amounts to around EUR 40 million, whereas the damage to the economy of the air industry and the companies in that sector, is estimated to be even higher,” she said.
“I would like to invite all companies in our sector to maintain their activities at whatever level they can and to get in touch with us regarding any problem they have, as well as to send us proposals for solving problems, so that the ministry could help them at this difficult time,” Mihajlovic said and added that they can send emails to [email protected] .
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