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Serbia eyes cooperation with seaports across SEE - govt aide

Author Radomir Ralev
Serbia eyes cooperation with seaports across SEE - govt aide Rijeka port; Source: Luka Rijeka

BELGRADE (Serbia), January 16 (SeeNews) - Serbia is interested in establishing partnerships with seaports across Southeast Europe (SEE) in order to boost freight traffic across its territory, a government official said.

"We have also formed a working group to continue the effective cooperation with the port of Thessaloniki. But it is not only Thessaloniki, there are the ports of Piraeus, Constanta, Rijeka, and Durres," Veljko Kovacevic, an advisor to the minister of infrastructure, said in a video file posted on the website of public briadcaster RTS earlier this week. 

Serbia is interested in building dry ports, aiming to become part of the large international logistic chains, Kovacevic explained.

"It will bring a lot of cargo traffic to both our river ports and our intermodal terminals, a lot more of trans-shipment, and therefore higher profits," Kovacevic added.

In November, Serbia's infrastructure ministry said the Thessaloniki Port Authority is considering investments in the construction of dry ports in Serbia, in order to facilitate the access of local companies to the Aegean port.

Thessaloniki port is interested in the construction of dry ports in Belgrade, but is also considering locations in Pirot and Nis, RTS reported.

Landlocked Serbia is currently reconstructing a railway line connecting its capital Belgrade to Montenegro’s Bar port, in order to cut costs for its exporters.