The project “Clean Serbia “will provide a healthy environment and European living standards for all citizens of Serbia. By building sewerage networks, wastewater treatment plants and cleaning our lakes, we are preserving our rivers and nature for all future generations.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabic has opened, together with the Minister of Environmental Protection Irena Vujovic, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Tomislav Momirovic and Mayor of Cacak Milun Todorovic, the NatureCenter in Ovcar Banja.
Brnabic has previously visited the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge and the lake Medjuvrsje, where she was presented with the sludge cleaning project at the docks, worth almost 40 million EUR.
Prime Minister Brnabic has announced at the opening of the Nature Center several new projects, such as the construction of a rehabilitation center as a separate part of the General Hospital of Cacak and sludge cleaning of the Medjuvrsje lake, which is the most significant undertaking in the revitalization process of this area.
“We are further building on that by constructing a biomass energy plant in Cacak allowing us to use that sludge as fuel therefore making green energy in the process. That way, we are slowly entering the system of circular economy in the Republic of Serbia, and all of that begins here” Brnabic has emphasized.
Sludge cleaning of the Medjuvrsje lake is planned within the “Clean Serbia” Project thanks to the Agreement on Economic Cooperation with Hungary.
„We will finish sludge cleaning of this lake which has not been cleaned since 1954 when it was made and we will complete all aspects of this Project and Ovcar Banja will be perhaps the most beautiful part of our country in the years to come, but without the support of the citizens and the necessary synergy with them, it is a matter of question wether that will remain the same in the following decades. We will invest maximum effort led by the Prime Minister to turn Ovcar Banja into a real little miracle of Western Serbia to joy of all citizens of Cacak, residents of Ovcar Banja and Western Serbia“ says Minister Tomislav Momirovic.
Implementation of the “Clean Serbia“ Project in Vranje began on November 15 2021, and after extensive works in Vranje, construction of sewage network was completed in the following streets: Kosovska St. 590m, Save Kovačevića St.461m. Currently, works in the Matije Gubca St. are reaching completion where out of the planned 471m of sewage network, 441 meters have been built already.
After the completion of works of installing the sewage network in aforementioned streets, repair i.e., asphalting of those streets will ensue.
Apart from the mentioned sites within the “Clean Serbia” Project, installing of sewage network in Vranje is being worked on in two additional streets: Karadjordjeva St. and Franse D’Eperea St.
Simultaneously, within the “Clean Serbia” Project in this city, works are expected to begin in the following streets: Djure Djakovića St., Kralja Milana St. and Drvarska-Makedonska St..
The value of the investment is 70 million EUR and it is one of the biggest investments being realized in Vranje. The Project will cover all villages of the Moravian basin, so all wastewaters will be directed towards the wastewater treatment factory.
The works within “Clean Serbia” are going according to the planned dynamics. In certain cities and municipalities the works are being executed at multiple locations. Simultaneously, certain local governments are working on preparing the necessary documentation which will allow them to enter the Project.
The goal of the Government of the Republic of Serbia is to cover 80% of the population with sewage infrastructure in the next five years, as well as to connect the network to wastewater treatment plants.
Minister Tomislav Momirović states that 28 billion RSD have been allocated for the 2022 budget solely for environmental projects of municipal infrastructure construction., which according to his statement makes for record investments which will contribute to reaching environmental standards of Western European countries.
|SN.||Site||Item||Current length currently executed in meters||Note
|5.||Kladovo||Sewage||Rtkovo/ 0 m
Velika Vrbica/ 0 m
In total: 0 m
|3 sites,3 Construction Permits(total:22,219.72m)|
|12.||Kučevo||Sewage||240 m||Kučevo Phase I (7115 m )|
|13.||Novi Sad||Sewage||24,141.00||2 active sites with 2 Construction Permits, Kisač and Čenej.|
|14.||Novi Bečej||Sewage||30,519.48||3 active sites with 3 Construction Permits.|
City of Bor has completed the Preliminary Solution for the first phase of works which will be executed within the “Clean Serbia” Project. For the city of Bor, 30 km of new wastewater sewage, reconstruction of 60 km of the existing sewage network and five wastewater treatment plants is planned.
At the meeting held in Bor, attended by the representatives of the “Clean Serbia”, city of Bor, Zi Jin Company and the contractors of the CRBC Company, it was concluded that extensive works are yet to come and that, considering the scope of the Project, they will last at least for another 3 years. Within the “Clean Serbia” Project, reconstruction of around 60 kilometers of wastewater sewage is planned in the settlements of Metalurg, Napredak, Bor 2, Sloga, Novi gradski centar and parts of Staro and Novo selište. New kilometers of sewage will be constructed for Savača and a part of it covers lake Bor.
Slaviša Frišković, manager of the “Clean Serbia” Project in the Regional Center Bor has especially emphasized during the meeting that for the city of Bor, construction of five wastewater treatment plants is planned.
“River Bor is a recipient for one plant and for three more the recipient is Brestovacka river, and there is one more plant planned for lake Bor and Savaca. Therefore, in the near future, we will have addressed the issue of wastewaters in regards to lake Bor and Savaca. Preparation of the Preliminary Solution is in progress, and Zi Jin Copper company has taken part in the whole project due to its interest in using the treated water as industrial water in the production process.”
What could be heard from the meeting, the necessary documentation for obtaining the Construction Permit should be completed by autumn, and by that time the works would commence as well. The value of the complete project in Bor is 80 million EUR.
Thanks to the Agreement on Economic Cooperation with Hungary, designing and construction of 10 wastewater treatment plants and 351km of sewage network at 12 locations begins in Serbia. As part of this Project, lakes Bubanj and Medjuvrsje will be cleaned and reconstructed.
“We are all aware and grateful for all support given by Hungary to our country in the previous period. When the Government of Hungary acts as if Serbia was acting – You know they have always been there for us. This Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation is one more way of our good and solid economic and political relationship. We are talking about 4.3 million EUR of grants which will be utilized for design documentation after which investments of around 80 million EUR will arrive and which are the result of loans provided by Hungary to Serbia” says the Minister of Construction and Transport, Tomislav Momirovic.
The lake Bubanj is technically located in the center of Kragujevac and covers the surface area of 3.5km. The lake was made in the ‘50s and has not been cleaned once since then.
“I expect the Project to commence with the construction works in the following 6 to 8 months, and until then we will have our hands full with, primarily, sampling of the water and preparation of the Feasibility Study. In the city itself, we are currently working on 46 kilometers of sewage infrastructure, and we plan to build 360 kilometers of sewage network next year. By the time we are done with this Project, I expect Kragujevac to have the environmental infrastructure of contemporary cities of West Europe” said the Minister during his visit to the City of Kragujevac.
The Framework Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between Hungary and the Republic of Serbia was signed on February 8 2018, it was ratified in the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia, and it came into force on November 8 2018.
The goal of this Framework Agreement is the advancement of cooperation between the parties in the field of infrastructural development. The Project will cover the construction of municipal infrastructure, drinking water supply infrastructure, cleaning and reconstruction of two lakes, several designs of road infrastructure as well as construction of a ship lock on the river Tisa near Novi Becej.
The Framework Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between Hungary and the Republic of Serbia plans for designing within this Project to be financed from the grants provided by Hungary, while the execution of works will be financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia and Hungarian loans.
Hungarian company Naturaaqua, together with the Serbian experts, has started working on the designing for the cleaning of the lakes Bubanj in Kragujevac and Medjuvrsje near Cacak. Financing of the designing will be from the grants provided by Hungary financed by the Hungarian Export Promotion Agency (HEPA).
The Minister of Construction Tomislav Momirovic has visited the works on the location of Brdjanska Street in Kragujevac, as part of the “Clean Serbia” Project.
The works in the Brdjanska Street are going to be carried out in the length of 2,270m, and so far 214m of sewage network has been constructed. However, as the Minister has pointed out, the works in this street are not the only active site.
“Apart from the construction site in Belosevac, we have initiated works on three more locations in Kragujevac. We are building some 50 or so km of sewage network in the first phase, and the plan is to build 360 km of brand-new sewage network and address a huge environmental problem in Kragujevac. We want it to be a city of contemporary infrastructure and to connect the vast majority of citizens to a sewage network, and after that to build wastewater treatment plants in order to raise the environmental standard in Kragujevac up to the one of Western Europe”, says the Minister.
Mayor of Kragujevac, Nikola Dasic has stated that this Project will cover every home, every household in the city and its vicinity so the problem of so called wild connections which do not end up in collectors of the Public Utility Company „Vodovod i kanalizacija”, but in water streams. That is why the citizens are able to pay off a legal connection to the new sewage network in 30 equal monthly installments.
In Kragujevac, as it is planned by the Project, the construction of 3,808.5 m of sewage network is under way while the works in the Municipality of Knic are being carried out in the length of 1,711.83m.