Ministers: Sarajevo-Belgrade motorway vital for region too

Ministers: Sarajevo-Belgrade motorway vital for region too

Ministers: Sarajevo-Belgrade motorway vital for region too Izvor: Anadolija (AA)

Construction of Sarajevo-Belgrade motorway is not only important for Bosnia and Serbia but for the entire region, ministers of the two countries have agreed in a meeting with the Turkish Tasyapi company's CEO in Belgrade on Friday.

Serbia's Construction, Traffic and Infrastructure Minister Zorana Mihajlovic and representatives of Turkish Tasyapi company signed a framework agreement on Friday which among other projects include the Belgrade-Sarajevo motorway construction.

Mihajlovic has said that contracts on three infrastructural projects will come from this agreement.

“The first one is Novi Pazar-Tutin road rehabilitation. I believe within six months we're going to have workers on this road, the road that will cost us at least EUR 20 million, and the section is 22.5 kilometres long,” she said.

Zorana Mihajlović, sporazum Izvor: Tanjug/Kabinet potpredsednice Vlade Srbije/Mileta Mirčetić

Another two projects are two routes of Belgrade-Sarajevo motorway passing through Serbia, Mihajlovic has said, adding that the cots of the first route are estimated at 830 million Euros and the second just over 200 million Euros.

She said that was as a very important day as the signed framework agreement meant the final agreement might be signed soon.

According to her, it will take six to eight months to collect the necessary documents, and the motorway section in Serbia could be constructed by the end of the next year or the beginning of 2020.

“This is a project that is important not only for Serbia, not only for Bosnia and Herzegovina but the entire region. Serbia has a strategic interest to get connected with all countries surrounding it, which means that as a region we would be stable not only politically but also economically and infrastructurally, which certainly means a better life for the citizens in the region,” Mihajlovic said.

She said she hoped the bridge Bratunac-Ljubovija, which should connect the two countries, would be constructed soon after Bosnia's election taking place this October.

Bosnia's Minister of Transport and Communications, Ismir Jusko, emphasised the importance of the motorway construction and confirmed that no strategic document was likely to be signed before the election.

“...but I believe that the new composition of the Council of Ministers and the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina will start the implementation of this project because Bosnia and Herzegovina's future depends on it,” Jusko said.

He assessed the project as a result of teamwork of the three countries and said he was convinced the construction works in Bosnia would start soon.

Tasyapi CEO Emrullah Turanli thanked Serbia for the trust and promised the project would be completed even before all deadlines. He also expressed hope the company's employees would get a chance to perform the works in Bosnia too.

During one of the Bosnia-Serbia-Turkey trilateral meetings, Turkey expressed readiness to financially support the motorway construction, leaving it to Bosnia and Serbia to decide on the routes that would connect their two capital cities.

After Bosnia’s two semi-autonomous entities, the Republika Srpska (RS) and the Federation (FBiH), failed to agree on one of two possible options, Turkey said it would finance the construction of both routes, via the northern city of Tuzla and Visegrad in the east of the country.

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