Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic signed two agreements securing EUR 73 million of grants for reconstruction and modernization of the Nis-Dimitrovgrad railway on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Tanjug reports.
The entire project, she reminded, is worth EUR 268 million.
In addition to Deputy Prime Minister Mihajlovic, the agreements were signed by Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic, the acting director of the Infrastructure of the Serbian Railways, Miroljub Jevtic, and the vice president of the European Investment Bank, Dario Scannapieco.
As Mihajlovic said, the signing of the agreements marks the beginning of the moving of the railway route from downtown Nis.
The first agreement, worth EUR 44.66 million, pertains to the works on reconstruction and modernization of the existing railway infrastructure on the Sicevo-Dimitrovgrad route and preparatory works for electrification and signalization, whereas the second agreement, worth EUR 28.37 million, pertains to the works on electrification and signalization on the sections Crveni Krst-bypass route connection and Sicevo-Dimitrovgrad.
In addition to the agreements on these grants, Minister of Finance Dusan Vujovic and Scannapieco signed a financial agreement for this project of Serbia and the EIB, worth EUR 134 million, Tanjug adds.
As reported on the website of the Government of Serbia, along with the agreements, worth over EUR 200 million, on loans and grants of the EU for the reconstruction of the Nis-Dimitrovgrad railway, as a part of Corridor 10, an agreement on grants of EUR 18 million was also signed in Belgrade at the conference “EU-Serbia 2018: Investments, Growth and Employment”. This agreement pertains to support to the regional housing program, through which a total of EUR 105 million is provided for the construction of close to 6,300 housing units for refugees and displaced persons from the former Yugoslavia.
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