Construction of Apatin port chance for municipality’s development

Construction of Apatin port chance for municipality’s development

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Ivica Dacic said today that Apatin has a favourable geostrategic position for the overall development of Serbia because it is situated on Corridor 7, or the Danube Corridor.
After talks with president of Apatin municipality Zivorad Smiljanic, Dacic expressed satisfaction with projects that were realised and those that have been launched based on the advantages brought by this pan-European corridor, which is the most important waterway on the continent that includes 2,300 kilometres of the Danube’s course.

The most important of these projects are the regional water factory, international marine on the Danube and a port for passenger ships, the Junakovic spa that has been renovated and the water park.

Dacic promised Serbian government’s help for the port of Apatin, one of the few in Serbia which remained in state ownership.

Smiljanic said that the municipality has an area of 160 hectares of land for tax-free zone, industrial park and the port itself, which could span along the Danube shore in the length of 1,400 metres.

This is the largest development opportunity for the municipality in which RSD 5 billion has been invested over the past six years, of which RSD 1 billion was private investment.

Dacic today visited Junakovic spa and the Roma settlement on the outskirts of the city, and met with the Chief of Sombor Police Administration Sasa Dmitrasinovic.

He said that the meeting with representatives of the Pcinja district focused on unemployment in this area and creation of new jobs, as well as on the process of decentralisation.

Higher employment requires better infrastructure and the state will help in that matter, the Prime Minister said and added that the activities which municipalities should undertake on their own were also discussed.

Cvetkovic highlighted that there should be contacts between local self-governments and central authorities so that problems could be located and resolved more easily.