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Mihajlovic: This is the evidence of what EU really means for the citizens of Serbia

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic PhD., signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the preparation of project documentation for the reconstruction of the railway from Velika Plana to Nis, which is one of the first steps in the realization of this project with total investment value of around 550 million euros.
 
Mihajlovic told the press conference EU for You - For a Modern and Sustainable Serbia, on the occasion of the presentation of the EU Project Support Program (EU PPF), the total length of the sections for which the documentation is being prepared is about 111 km.
 
"This is an important day for us, because we are starting the realization of important projects that we are talking about for decades, not only in the field of transport, but also in the field of environment, which is important for Serbia, but it is also important outside Serbia," said Mihajlovic.

 

She pointed out that in the shadow of the comments on the new report of the European Commission, the issue remains a question that citizens throughout Serbia pose, which is what do we have from the road to the EU and what do we do together the EU. "It is precisely such projects for citizens of Serbia that are indicative of what specifically leads us to the EU, to constantly raise standards in all areas, to prepare project documentation and go towards their realization," she said.
 
"Preparation of project documentation is a serious business because it affects everything that happens later on the project, on the speed and efficiency of the realization. The Ministry of European Integration plays an important role in the programming of projects and they have provided us with significant assistance in preparing the project of modernization of the Nis-Brestovac railway and reconstruction of the ship's terminal at HPP "Djerdap 1", which should be revitalized after 30 years, Mihajlovic said.
 
She signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister of European Integrations, Jadranka Joksimovic and acting director of “Infrastructure of the Railways of Serbia” regarding the cooperation on the preparation of project documentation in connection with the project of modernization of the railway line Velika Plana – Nis in the presence of the Head of Delegation of EU Sem Fabrizi, who was also present at the signing ceremony.

 

Joksimovic said that the EU PPF program is not only aimed at accelerating European integration of Serbia, but also summarizes the message that the goal is a modern and sustainable Serbia and that achieving this goal can only be through a partnership relationship and the joint progress of Serbia and the EU.

Fabrizi said that the EU as the first investor in Serbia wants to be present in Serbia, but not only through the preparation of projects, but also through their implementation. "The EU through the EU PPF program supports the development of project documentation for 15 projects that relate to different areas, including transport and the environment, and it is especially important that these projects be long-term and sustainable," he said.

Minister for Environmental Protection Goran Trivan, Mayor of Belgrade Zoran Radojicic and Assistant Minister of Finance Marko Jovanovic. 

 

"European Union Support in Project Preparation" (EU PPF) program is technical assistance funded from EU pre-accession funds. The value of the program is 21 million euros, of which EUR 19.7 million is an EU grant, and EUR 1.29 million is a contribution from the Government of the Republic of Serbia. The objective of the EU PPF program is to strengthen the technical and administrative capacities of the local administration in the area of ​​managing and using EU pre-accession funds, in order to speed up the process of preparing for Serbia's EU membership.

The potential investment value of the 15 projects for which the project and tender documentation is being prepared, with the support of the EU PPF program, is more than EUR 900 million, and among these infrastructure projects are, among others, the modernization of the railway, the construction of a waste water treatment plant in several cities, as well as the introduction of energy efficiency into public institutions in Serbia.