Zaev attends formal opening of Corridor 10 southern leg in Serbia

North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday will attend the formal opening of the southern leg of Corridor 10 on a section through Serbia’s Grdelichka Gorge.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will declare the highway open at the ceremony alongside Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Minister of Construction Zorana Mihajlovic.

Zaev will address the inauguration ceremony near Vladichin Han at 8 p.m., where he will be accompanied by Minister of Transport and Communications Goran Sugareski, the PM’s office said.

“I believe that Zaev’s attendance is important news demonstrating the significance of Corridor 10,” President Vucic has said on the eve of the opening. Now, it will take only three hours to get to North Macedonia from Belgrade, he added.

The inauguration of the 26.3km highway through Grdelichka Gorge was preceded by the opening of the Grabovnica-Grdelica section (5.6km), Vladichin Han-Vranje (28km) and Levosoje-Srpska Kukja (10km).

“We should be proud, we’ve waited for this for decades. Highways connect us, they create jobs, raise salaries and attract more tourists,” Vucic said.

Works for the construction of the section on Corridor 10 are estimated at EUR 400 million.

Corridor 10 is considered as one of the most important pan-European corridors. It passes through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Greece.