EIB VP Scannapieco leads delegation on visit to Serbia

A top-level European Investment Bank Group delegation, led by EIB Vice-President Dario Scannapieco, was in Belgrade on Monday, the EIB has said.

Source: B92
Dario Scannapieco is seen during his meeting with PM Vucic (Tanjug)
Dario Scannapieco is seen during his meeting with PM Vucic (Tanjug)

Scannapieco met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and other ministers, with discussions focusing "on the priorities of the relationship between the EIB and Serbia and the future needs of the country that could be supported by the Bank of the European Union in the coming year."

EIB said in a statement that Scannapieco and Serbian Minister of Finance Dusan Vujovic also signed !the EUR 26m second tranche of a loan totaling EUR 41m aiming to upgrade judiciary buildings."

"The operation concerns the financing of an investment program for the upgrading and modernization of judiciary facilities throughout the country as part of the National Judicial Reform Strategy. In particular, it concerns key buildings in Belgrade designated by the Ministry of Justice such as the Palace of Justice and the Court Building in Kataniceva Street in Belgrade," the statement said.

The Serbian government said on its website that Scannapieco "praised the very good results of the economic policy of the government of Serbia and expressed the readiness of the European Investment Bank to give its full support to further reform process in Serbia."

The main topic of the meeting, according to the same source, were "joint projects of the government of the Republic of Serbia and the European Investment Bank, which include the reconstruction and construction of four clinical centers in Belgrade, Nis, Novi Sad and Kragujevac."

Projects in the fields of infrastructure, social housing and migration, as well as projects to strengthen the infrastructure necessary for the development of research and innovation in the information technology sector were also discussed.

Since 2011, the bank of the European Union has financed nearly 30 projects in Serbia - an investment of EUR 1.7bn, with total investment of at least double that figure, making a significant contribution to job creation and infrastructure modernization, said the EIB.

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