|Possible Chinese entry into the Zagreb-Belgrade railway reconstruction project|
|Author: CSEBA / SEEbiz / Novi list|
|9th March 2018|
|ZAGREB - The reconstruction of the Zagreb - Belgrade railroad will be a joint project between Croatia and Serbia and this is the most important part of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia on Cooperation to Promote Railway Freight Effectiveness, to be signed today in Belgrade as part of a bilateral meeting between Minister Oleko Butković and Vice Prime Minister of Serbia and Minister of Civil Engineering, Transport and Infrastructure Zorane Mihajlovic.|
Butković is the first minister in the government of Andreja Plenković to go to Belgrade's official visit, and apart from the railroad, talks will also be made on the cooperation of the two countries on the use of EU funds, among others, in applying individual sections of the Zagreb-Belgrade railway to European funds.
There will also be discussed about the possibilities of road traffic development between Croatia and Serbia, as well as on bridges in the border area, as well as cooperation in the segment of inland navigation on Sava and Danube, where on the agenda are the projects of deepening the Danube in Ilok and Vukovar, state.
Otherwise, most of the track is located on the Croatian territory and some changes have already been made, as the reconstruction of the Okučani - Novska pri end will soon be in circulation, and Vinkovci - Tovarnik has been rebuilding more than five years ago.
Today's meeting should therefore become an important milestone in the development of Croatian-Serbian relations with the aim of better road-linking and joint candidacy of a number of projects to EU bodies, and it is also interesting that both countries could also cooperate in exchanging experiences in cooperation with China.
Namely, the Chinese company China Bridge and Road Corporation, which provided the cheapest offer for construction of the Peljesac Bridge, built a 1.5 km long Borča - Zemun bridge in Serbia, with access roads of an additional 20 kilometers. In addition, it is well known that Chinese know-how in the rail sector is at the top of the world, and infrastructure projects in this region for Chinese investors are often the first choice