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Bosnia's Enikon Gradnja launches construction of border crossing with Serbia

Christian Fernsby |
Bosnian company Enikon Gradnja has launched the construction of the Bratunac-Ljubovija border crossing with Serbia over the river Drina worth 14.5 million marka ($8.1 million/7.4 million euro), the Bratunac municipal government said.

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The construction of the border crossing complex, which spreads over 30,000 square metres, should be completed in 350 working days, the municipal government said in a press release.

Moreover, the municipality of Bratunac plans to build a free trade zone, which would be the first one in the Serb Republic entity, as the project documentation has been prepared and the municipality is in the procedure of purchasing a land lot.

The initial project design for the border crossing, signed back in 2017, envisaged the construction of an international border checkpoint for people and goods that do not require inspection. In 2018, another agreement was signed by the governments of Bosnia and Serbia, defining the checkpoint as suitable for the transit of people and the import, export and transit of all kind of goods including those that do not require inspection.

According to the initial plans, the border crossing was due to open to traffic in 2019.

Serbia has already completed the construction of the 227-metre Bratoljub bridge over the river Drina and the access roads to the facility on its territory.

According to earlier media reports, the launch of the construction works was delayed because Bosnia had provided only 7.5 million marka for the project before the country's council of ministers raised the estimated costs to 14.5 million marka from 11 million marka in December.

The bridge links Bosnia's Bratunac with Ljubovija on the Serbian side.

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