The prime ministers of three Balkan countries on Thursday attended the
opening of the construction of Belgrade-South Adriatic motorway section
through Montenegro that will involve a Croatian construction
The ribbon was jointly cut in Gornje Mrke, a village in the
hills overlooking the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, by Milo Djukanovic
of Montenegro, Jadranka Kosor of Croatia and Mirko Cvetkovic of Serbia,
said reports reaching here from Montenegro.
The three prime ministers said that the project is a good
signal to send to their European partners as it will lead to increased
trust and regional cooperation between the three countries.
Djukanovic said that the construction of this motorway from
Baron the Montenegrin coast to Boljari on the Serbian border is the
most valuable project in the history of Montenegro as it has been
estimated to cost 2.77 billion euros (4.12 billion U.S. dollars).
He said that this project will be important for the economic
and social development of Montenegro, and will involve local
construction companies and provide employment.
The about-170 km-long motorway is expected to be built within
the next seven to eight years, which will connect Montenegro with other
southeast European countries through Serbia.
The Montenegrin government and the Croatian consortium
Konstruktor each invested 25 million euros in preliminary work,
according to a concession agreement signed in June.
Kosor said that construction of the motorway through
Montenegrois a great success not only for that country, but also for
Serbia, considering the fact that the traffic route will be one of the
most important European corridors.
Cvetkovic said that the construction of the Belgrade-South
Adriatic motorway section through Serbia is expected to begin next year
although funds are still to be secured for the motorway to Montenegro. (Source: EMportal)