DEVELOPMENT OF INLAND WATERWAYS INFRASTRUCTURE
During the period 2015-2019, MCTI has began with systematic planning and implementation of development of waterborne transport.
Strategy on Development of Waterborne Transport of the Republic of Serbia for the period from 2015 to 2025 has been adopted, together with an Action plan.
The Strategy has defined a list of the most important investments in:
- Serbian ports
- eliminating all critical sectors for navigation on the waterway network
- further improvement of intelligent waterway transport systems
The total value of priority projects, where financing is the obligation of the Republic of Serbia, is € 336 million. When the planned investments of future port concessionaires are added to the previously mentioned investment value of the Republic of Serbia, the total value of projects in the field of water transport amounts to EUR 474 million.
In securing the necessary funding, MCTI has established strategic cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB) with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded Financing Agreements for the development of river transport infrastructure in the amount of EUR 100 million. Negotiations with EIB are underway to conclude an additional EUR 90 million Framework Facility for the Development of Port Infrastructure in the Republic of Serbia. The remaining required funding is provided or will be provided through a combination of budgetary funds and grants from the Connecting Europe Facility Fund and the WBIF.