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Construction of railway Beljakovce-Kriva Palanka to kick off next year - Minister

Construction of railway Beljakovce-Kriva Palanka to kick off next year - Minister

Skopje, 14 December 2017 (MIA) - A construction of Beljakovce-Kriva Palanka 34km-long railway section - the second part of Macedonia-Bulgaria rail link - will kick off next year as the EU approved EUR 68,6 million grant for this purpose, Transport and Communication Minister Goran Sugarevski said on Thursday.

The project should be finalized by the end of 2021, Sugarevski said. The construction of Macedonia-Bulgaria rail link is divided into three steps and financed through an EBRD and EIB loan and IPA funds.

The construction of the first 30,8-km section of Macedonia-Bulgaria rail link is underway. A total of EUR 43.5 million is provided for this section, the Minister said, notifying that a project is being drafted for the third one - Kriva Palanka-Bulgarian border.

For the realization of this and other infrastructure projects it is important for Macedonia to become a member of the Western Balkan Transport Community, Sugarevski said, expressing belief that the Parliament would ratify the agreement to that effect in the next few days. lk/17:01


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