EU assistance for safe waterways in Serbia
The project involved a survey of parts of the Danube and Sava basins in order to precisely identify the locations of the unexploded ordnance left behind in these rivers. The realisation of the project was awarded to two companies, the Italian Sogelma and the German Mull and Partner. At this stage of the project, technical documentation has been prepared in order to the start cleaning up the revers from UXO.
According to the State Secretary at the Serbian Ministry of Infrastructure Aleksandar Cvetanovic, the EU assistance for the infrastructure sector has been very significant, amounting to some 180 million euros per year. Cvetanovic thanked the EU for what it has done so far, adding that the funding provided under the IPA funds in the future was going to be very useful.
Giving an example from the investigation of the river beds, Maglia mentioned a fleet of German ships sunk during the World War II, sitting on the bottom of the Danube near Prahovo. They hinder navigation and in certain weather conditions – for instance, at low water levels – their parts are visible on the surface.
Talking about IPA projects in the field of infrastructure and further EU assistance for Serbia, Maglia pointed out that the EU was going to fund the projects of setting up the information system on the Danube (11 million euros) in order to enable the application of new technologies that will allow for safer and more efficient navigation on the entire Danube, clean-up of the Danube (3,8 milion euros), reconstruction of the Zezelj Bridge in Novi Sad (30 milion euros), reconstruction and modernisation of the Djerdap switch-points (2 million euros), and production of the Flooding Prevention Study and the Serbian Transport Masterplan.