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OSMANI: WE BUILD A HIGHWAY BETWEEN MACEDONIA AND KOSOVO, CREATING EUROPEAN FUTURE FOR BOTH COUNTRIES
12:14, Friday, January 11, 2019

Today, the Secretariat for European Affairs was marked the start of the project for construction of the highway Skopje-Blace, Stenkovec interchange, where Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani, Minister of Transport and Communications Goran Sugareski, the representative of company and team project leader Martin Osborne, as well as the Director of the Public Enterprise for State Roads, Zoran Kitanov had their address.

"We finally put a fullstop on the highway connection between Macedonia and Kosovo, marking the formal start of the project Skopje-Blace", Osmani stressed, pointing out that the project is of strategic importance to our country for several reasons: as a project which connects Skopje and Prishtina with a highway; project which is part of the so called "Connectivity" agenda for connecting the countries of the Western Balkans; but also a highway that will facilitate trade promotion, that will provide potential for economic progress, business potential, etc.

"With this project, not only Macedonia and Kosovo are becoming closer neighbours, but both countries are creating corridors for promotion of European connections, building a European future for both countries," Osmani said. He emphasized that a grant of EUR 1.3 million of IPA funds is provided for this project, which are non-refundable; for the construction of the road, financial support within the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) of EUR 27 million was also requested, as well as non-refundable funds; and for the rest, Osmani said that a loan was requested from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as the main financier of the project.

The Minister of Transport and Communications Goran Sugareski, as well as the Director of the Public Enterprise for State Roads Zoran Kitanov addressed the press conference. They pointed out that for faster implementation of the project, the construction of the Skopje-Blace highway is divided into two sub-branches, in order to complete the project more quickly and to start the construction works on the shorter section. The first section of length of about 2.0 km, starts from BP "Blace" to the first interchange "Blace", ie the connection with the local road to the village Blace, for whose construction and monitoring are provided funds from the budget of the Public Enterprise for State Roads and whose implementation is expected to be started sooner. The second subsection is from the interchange "Blace" to Skopje (the "Stenkovec" intersection), about 10.5 km long, as the speakers explained, and it is a complex construction project, which will have 4 tunnels with a length of about 4 km, 8 bridges and other supporting facilities. The implementation of this project is expected to last three years. 

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