Regional Broadband Infrastructure Development

Orient/East-Med Corridor, Kosovo - Serbia R7 Road Interconnection, Pristina - Merdare Section

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Project Financing

Other sources Other Sources € 43,600,000
EU External Grant € 26,400,000
WBIF Grant WB19-KOS-TRA-01 € 4,200,000
WBIF Grant WB11-KOS-TRA-02 € 988,120
EIB Loan € 31,000,000
EBRD Loan € 31,000,000
Total € 137,188,120
Total Grants € 5,188,120
Total Loans € 62,000,000

Project Description

Orient/East-Med Corridor in Kosovo includes Pristina to Merdare E80/R7 road section, which continues into Serbia, via Nis, and then further to the Black Sea countries, as well as to Albania, up to Durres Port on the Adriatic. Also known as the 'Peace Highway', this road interconnection is of great importance for freight and passenger transport in the Western Balkans being the region’s shortest route from Durres Port to South-Eastern and Central Europe as well as to the Black Sea. 

The existing route is a two lanes road, inconsistently maintained, and prone to bottlenecks. The European Union, through the Western Balkans Investment Framework, has been instrumental in identifying the investment needs as well as financing the preparation of the technical documentation for the expansion of existing infrastructure into a 23 km-long dual carriageway from Pristina to the border crossing point in Merdare.

An additional €4.2 million EU grant has been allocated for the preparation of tender dossiers and supervision of works, under the 2018 Connectivity Agenda package. This brings the EU contribution to this project to more than €5 million contracted in the past four years. Additional EU grant funding is foreseen for the construction phase.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Results and Benefits

  • 23 km-long dual carriageway from Pristina to Merdare;
  • Substantial decrease in travel time along the Pristina – Merdare route;
  • Reduction in accident rate, road infrastructure maintenance costs and vehicle operating costs;
  • Improved economic opportunities for the citizens working and living along the new route;
  • More efficient, multimodal transport route along the Orient/East-Med Corridor (Route 7), by eliminating the current bottlenecks and congestion, while ensuring the connection with the Adriatic Sea ports.
  • Countries: Kosovo*
  • Code: PRJ-KOS-TRA-002
  • Sector: Transport
  • Monitor IFI: EBRD
  • Status: Preparation
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