The Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlovic, has stated that there is no part of the transport system that hasn't suffered due to the epidemic, whether air, rail, water or road transport.
– The first assessments of the damage in transport and infrastructure are over EUR 110 million! The Ministry of Transport is communicating directly with all companies and I hereby invite all construction and road companies, as well as associations and chambers, to send us their opinions and suggestions and to present us with their current state so that we could make a realistic program of measures for coming out of the crisis together – said Mihajlovic, as announced on the ministry's website.
She pointed out that the damage assessment and an economic recovery plan had been a concern from the moment the crisis occurred and that a special crisis group had been formed, led by the Serbian president, which estimates the damage and adopts the measures.
The deputy prime minister pointed out that water transport suffered the damage as well, due to the cessation of passenger traffic, and that large cruise ship lines had been discontinued, and added that bus transport suffered as well, and that rail transport did too, recording a slight drop in cargo transport.
– Without any doubt, the air transport is the most affected and direct damage so far is around EUR 40 million, whereas the damage to the economy, regarding the air industry and the companies in that sector, is estimated to be even higher – she said.
Mihajlovic invited all companies from the fields covered by her ministry to cooperate in order to make a realistic plan of recovery following the epidemic together.
– I invite all companies in our sector to maintain their activities at whatever level they can and to address us regarding any problem they have, as well as to send us proposals for solving problems, so that the ministry could help them at this difficult time. What I want is for us to make a realistic and optimistic program of measures of help after the COVID-19 epidemic ends so as to recover our economy as soon as possible – Mihajlovic said and added that they can send emails directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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