On Monday, 23 April 2018, Director General for European Neighbourhood Policies and Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Christian Danielsson together with the President of the Government Mr. Zoran Zaev and Minister of Transport Mr. Goran Sugarevski opened the EU co-funded motorway Demir Kapija – Smokvica. The ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Transport and Communications of Greece, Mr. Christos Spirtzis.
The Corridor X is the most important international route which passes through the country. It connects Salzburg and Thessaloniki through Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade and Skopje. It connects the region with the rest of Europe. It connects current and future member states.
The new motorway section, which is within the Corridor 10, is part of the total European Union investments in the country's transport infrastructure, which in the past few years reached almost 325 million euro. The new highway from Demir Kapija to Smokvica, 28.2 km long, provides significant shortening of travel time, increases the safety for all traffic participants and creates conditions for increasing the dynamics of transport and trade, as well as further development of the overall economy. These are the key benefits for the country, its citizens and business entities from the new highway and in its construction have been invested a total of 227 million euro.