Motorway to Albania important for Serbian economy

Construction of the Niš-Priština-Durres motorway is going to be one of the most important projects to discuss at the EU West Balkans Conference that will take place on 27th August. The motorway is supposed to provide a link between corridors 10 and 8 and the rest of the region.

The State Secretary in the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Dejan Trifunović said that Serbia was ready for the upcoming conference in Vienna which is supposed to take place under the framework of the Berlin Process. He added that the implementation of the motorway project could begin in 2017.

“Infrastcture is of crucial importance for Serbia and, at the last meeting in Berlin in August 2014, our Prime Minister successfully suggested discussing the topic of infrastructural development back then. A lot has been accomplished since then. All parties from the Western Balkan area have reached a consensus about the basic and comprenehsive network of transport corridors and now we expect to take all of this to the next level in Vienna”, Trifunović said.

He also underlined that the project entailed improving regional cooperation and defines a clear framework of activities for the next four years.

“One of the projects we are going to focus on is the Niš-Priština-Durres motorway. Three sides are interested in this project – Serbia, Albania and the EU. The total length of the motorway is going to be 384km with the Niš-Merdare segment being 77km and Merdare-Priština segment 22km long respectively”, Trifunović explained.

Serbia has also prepared a master project and feasibility study for the project which are both going to be presented in Vienna on 27th August.

According to Trifunović, the motorway will ensure that “Serbian businesses can reach Albanian ports in Durres and Vlore” while the project has a much bigger meaning for regional coopeation.

The project documents are supposed to be drafted within the next year and a half and the talks about funding should also take place during that time – Trifunović added.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said earlier that Serbia was willing to pay €350 milion for construction of the Serbian segment of the motorway, which total cost is set between €600 and €650 million, adding that Serbia would ask the EU to provide the additional €300 million.

(eKapija, 19.08.2015)

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