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BELGRADE (Serbia), April 15 (SeeNews) – Serbia's government has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) for the construction of a trunk road connecting Belgrade to European Corridor XI, infrastructure minister Zorana Mihajlovic said.
"I expect that in the next month we will have a commercial contract, in order to start working on the documentation, and to start construction works next year," Mihajlovic said in a statement on Friday.
The MoU was signed by Mihajlovic and the vice president of CCCC, Wen Gang, during the 9th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries and China in Croatia's Dubrovnik.
In October, Mihajlovic said the Serbian government expects to complete the construction of the 9-km Surcin-Belgrade trunk road by 2021.
Serbia signed a $233.69 million (206.5 million euro) agreement with China on the design and construction of Surcin-Obrenovac section of Corridor XI in June 2016. The agreement was signed by Serbia's economy minister and the director of CCCC during an official visit of China's president Xi Jinping to Belgrade.
Corridor XI runs through Serbia from the country's northeastern border with Romania to the southwestern border with Montenegro.
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