Skopje, 24th September 2012 (MIA) – At today’s session, Economic and Social Council reviewed several issues in the field of major infrastructure projects, presented yesterday before the business community by the Prime Minister, aimed at giving an impetus to accelerate the realization of the major strategic projects of importance for the economic development of Macedonia.
As Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Zoran Stavreski, informed at today’s press conference held at the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, at least EUR 25 million would be additionally allocated for road infrastructure of regional and local roads. Funds will be used for construction of new regional and local roads and continuation or completion of roads the construction of which is ongoing.
As regards motorways, the Minister said that IFC was engaged to prepare the procedure for concession for road sections Gostivar – Kicevo and Skopje – Blace for it to be carried out in the most transparent manner and to mobilize as many potential concessionaries as possible. As Minister Stavreski announced, as of the second quarter in 2013 inclusive, concession documentation was expected to be prepared.
With respect to the energy infrastructure, at today’s session, Economic and Social Council also reviewed the documentation on Boskov Most and Lukovo Pole. Stavreski said that intensive activities were undertaken for the preparation of a study to be completed by March 2013 and it is expected for this Project to start realizing in June next year.
Another issue discussed was opening of coal mines, mainly in Mariovo, Zivojno, where coal reserves are estimated to last for 25 years and to be used for new thermal power plants or construction of new blocks.
As the Minister announced, the Council also discussed the concession for the land of „Dzumajlija“ plant, and the Government is expected to adopt decision therefore at its session to be held tomorrow. The concession notice is expected to be published in the coming 10 days, determining the minimum amount of investment, minimum number of employments, opening of facility for production of fodder, as well as establishment of a livestock farm. Minister Stavreski pointed out the serious interest shown by companies for this land.