Croatian Finance Minister Ivan Suker, Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Bozidar Kalmeta and the head of the European Commission Delegation to Croatia, Vincent Degert, on Wednesday marked the beginning of reconstruction works on the railway Vinkovci - Tovarnik - State Border, from Djeletovci to State Border, at the Djeletovci rail station.
The project worth over 60 million euros is co-financed from the ISPA pre-accession fund.
The European Union has allocated non-refundable aid in the amount of 38 percent of the total project value, and the tender procedure was carried out in line with public procurement regulations for non-EU countries. The European Commission is co-financing the project in the amount of 28.789 million euro (38%) under the ISPA programme, while the rest of the funds was allocated from the Croatian State budget.
Degert said the reconstruction of the railway Vinkovci - Tovarnik - State Border is the first project of this size in Croatia to be financed under the EU pre-accession funds and the first one in which investments in railway infrastructure are co-financed. The project beneficiary is Croatian Railways Ltd and it is coordinated by the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.
Reconstruction of the railway Vinkovci - Tovarnik includes works on railway stations, halts and tracks, reconstruction of level crossings and a new traffic signalization and traffic management system.
Construction works are carried out by the company Salcef Construzioni Edili e Ferroviarie SPA from Rome, and the traffic signalization and traffic management system will be built in by the company Bombardier Transportation Italy in consortium with the Italian company SITE SPA. (Hina)