The new border crossing near Bajina Bašta is expected to be completed in December 2020, while the works on the Kotroman border crossing will continue until June 2021.
251 million dinars are earmarked for the construction and adaptation of border crossings in Serbia next year.
According to the Director of the Republic Property Management Institute (RDI), Jovan Vorkapic, the State will set aside 267 million dinars for the crossing at Bajina Basta and 165 million dinars for Kotroman (phase II).
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Vorkapic announced that, from the middle of next year, free WiFi will be available at all major border crossings for all citizens, while the Horgos border crossing (on the Serbian-Hungarian border) will be expanded.
The objective is that each border crossing point in Serbia should have the same number of lanes as the one on the territory of the neighbouring country, in order to reduce congestion. The resolution of the property-related issues at the border crossing of Vatin is underway, after which the modernization of this passage, the most frequented crossing on the border with Romania, will begin.
The RDI has assumed responsibility for the construction, equipment and maintenance of 49 border crossings in Serbia since 1 April this year. Up to now, responsibilities have been shared between the various state bodies, such as the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Customs, various inspections, the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure…
Vorkapic says that the same solutions will be implemented at smaller border crossings, for example in Mali Zvornik, Bezdan, Uvac and Bogojevo in collaboration with the European Commission, which should help to build and adapt these crossings with the help from IPA funds. If the Commission accepts, the state will cover 15% of the necessary funds, while 85% will come from the EU.
Smaller buildings, such as containers and new road infrastructure, will be built in these places. The RDI’s idea is not to build expensive and large infrastructures, because, at some point, they will no longer be needed when Serbia joins the European Union.
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