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Bosnia raises to 7.4 mln euro estimated costs of planned border crossing with Serbia

Author Iskra Pavlova
Bosnia raises to 7.4 mln euro estimated costs of planned border crossing with Serbia Drina river. Author: Ant83. Licence: Wikimedia Commons

SARAJEVO (Bosnia and Herzegovina), January 7 (SeeNews) – Bosnia has raised to 14.5 million marka ($8.3 million/7.4 million euro) from 11 million marka the estimated costs for the construction of the Bratunac-Ljubovija border crossing with Sebia over Drina river, the council of ministers said.

The decision to revise the project costs was adopted by the council of ministers at their December 30 meeting, the council said in a statement last week.

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, the statement added.

The council of ministers did not provide a timeframe.  

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

Under an earlier intergovernmental deal, Serbia was responsible for the construction of the 227 metre long bridge across the Drina river, linking Bratunac, on the Bosnian side, and the Serbian town of Ljubovija, while Bosnia was in charge of building the access roads and the border crossing.

(1 euro = 1.95583 marka)