October 26, 2009
    PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT FOR BRIDGE ZEMUN – BORČA


Representatives of the People’s Republic of China, Government of the Republic of Serbia and the City of Belgrade, signed the Preliminary Agreement on construction of the bridge Zemun - Borča, worth EUR 170 million. The beginning of the construction is scheduled for mid-2010. This is one of the biggest infrastructural projects with People’s Republic of China so far. This is very important for the region, since the new bridge will considerably relieve the traffic in Belgrade and the cargo transportation will no longer go through the city.

The Minister of Economy and Regional Development, Mlađan Dinkić, said that out Of EUR 170 million needed for the construction, EUR 144.5 million will be provided by China-based Bank, while EUR 25,5 million will be provided by the Republic of Serbia. The Chinese company guarantees to engage domestic manufacturers, and to use domestic construction material up to 45% of the project’s entire value. Minister Dinkić also said that contract on construction would be signed by the end of this year, while construction works would be carried out in the following three years. The bridge will be 1.507 m long, and the length of connecting roads will be 21,6 km.
the Preliminary Agreement on construction of the bridge Zemun - Borča was signed in accordance with the Agreement on economic and technical cooperation in the field of infrastructure between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the People’s Republic of China, concluded on August 20, 2009 in Beijing, during the visit of the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Boris Tadic, to the People’s Republic of China.