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Mihajlovic: Donation of 8.3 million for Belgrade metro, there is no going back now!

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Prof. Zorana Mihajlovic PhD, signed today with the Minister for European Integration, Jadranka Joksimovic, and the Ambassador of France to Serbia, Jean-Louis Falconi, the Agreement on the donation of 8.3 million euros for the realization of Belgrade metro project. The signing was also attended by the mayor of Belgrade, Zoran Radojicic.


On this occasion, Mihajlovic pointed out that this is an important day in the realization of an important infrastructure project, whose estimate is that it will cost between 4.5 and 5.5 billion euros.


"We are starting to make a feasibility study, conceptual design and environmental impact assessment study. There is no going back. Based on that, we will get clear guidelines on what the first metro line will look like and the preparation for the next phase, which is the beginning of construction. For the sake of comparison, Serbia is currently implementing the largest infrastructure project in this part of Europe, and that is the construction of Belgrade-Budapest high-speed railway line, worth about 2 billion euros. "Belgrade metro will be the largest and most difficult infrastructure project, worth two and a half times more than the high-speed railway line," she said.

 

Deputy Prime Minister added that Serbia has not stopped in the preparation of this infrastructure project at any time, and that negotiations are underway with the Government of France and Chinese partners on the manner of realization of the project.


Jadranka Joksimovic pointed out that development cooperation with France undoubtedly shows that this country recognizes Serbia as a serious candidate for joining the European Union, and that it is important that we have France as a strategic partner in several infrastructure projects.


"We have strategic cooperation with France in many reform processes. "That would not have been possible if Serbia had not implemented and does not continue to implement key reforms, and today we are a country with which many want to cooperate and invest in Serbia in order to approach the level of development of EU countries," she said.


Mayor of Belgrade, Zoran Radojicic, said that Belgrade metro is of capital importance for Belgrade and Serbia.

"By building the metro, we will improve the quality of transport in our capital." It is estimated that 30 % of citizens of Belgrade will take the subway. In this way, we will contribute to the preservation of the environment and a better quality of life for the citizens of Belgrade," said Radojicic.


French Ambassador to Serbia, Jean-Louis Falconi, pointed out that Belgrade metro is at the center of economic relations between Serbia and France and that the signing of today's agreement is an important and concrete stage for this serious and long-term project.


"France is committed to supporting Serbia in this project. "I believe that French expertise in the implementation of complex projects in the transport sector provides security for the success of this important infrastructure project," Falconi said.