Minister of Economy Goran Knezevic, the mayor of Nis, Darko Bulatovic, and the general manager of the Dutch company Cooperatief IMI Europe, Erik De Candido, signed the Memorandum on the construction of the company’s production facility in Nis on August 19.
Bulatovic said that the Dutch company would invest more than EUR 30 million in the construction of the facility and employ 1,500 workers in a ten-year period, of which 30% highly qualified. He added that the location had not yet been selected, but that the decision would be made shortly.
Erik De Candido emphasized that the company intended to build a 20,000 square meter facility for the production of car components. As he said, the facility will be the company’s production center for Central Europe.
– Qualified workforce and dedication of local and central government to the project are some of the reasons why we have decided to build the facility in Nis – De Candido said.
According to him, the company’s management made the decision following nine months of research.
– We have also chosen Nis due to the presence of other car industry companies and good cooperation between central and local governments – De Candido said.
Minister of Economy Goran Knezevic wished for the Dutch investor to lay down the founding stone as soon as early 2017 and to open the facility soon thereafter.
– The state will provide legal and financial aid to the company. They will receive considerable funds for putting the Nis facility into operation – Knezevic emphasized.
He said that the Government of Serbia wished to bring back Nis its old glory by providing it with all the help it needed.