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Montenegro and EU launch the Preliminary Design and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Matesevo - Andrijevica section of Bar - Boljare Highway (SEETO Road Route 4)

02/02/2019 - 12:31
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As part of a joint Montenegro - EU initiative to improve road transport infrastructure two studies will be prepared to upgrade the existing infrastructure on the future extension of the Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) Core Network.

Through the Western Balkan Investment Framework, the EU's programme for infrastructure investments in the region, the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs of Montenegro and the Directorate for State Roads will prepare the Preliminary Design and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Matesevo - Andrijevica section of Bar - Boljare highway from an EU grant in the amount of EUR 3.1 million.

The study will support the preparation of technical documents and the elaboration of sound environmental implementation conditions needed for the investment.

In addition, a Cost Benefit Analysis and Feasibility Study for the entire Bar – Boljare road will be prepared for EUR 1.3 million with an aim to present the financial viability of the planned infrastructure works and justify the current planning of investments. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will support the projects financially.

The current section is part of the Corridor "Orient -East-MED" which is creating a seamless route linking the Romanian border– Belgrade – Podgorica and the port of Bar at the Adriatic Coast. Investments in this transport link are of national, regional and international significance for the Western Balkans, since they will improve the level of service and road safety on the North – South backbone of Montenegro to the border of Serbia. 

The road link, when fully developed, is expected to significantly decrease travel time, reduce emissions and accidents and lower vehicle operating costs. It will improve trade flows with countries in the region and bring other tangible benefits, such as better living conditions and will thus induce a positive impact on the broader economy of Montenegro, its citizens and its neighbors.

The projects are in line with EU accession priorities and the strategy of the South-east Europe Transport Observatory SEETO - a regional transport organisation established by the EU and the Western Balkan countries to promote cooperation on the development of transport infrastructure.

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