With the opening of the 28.2 kilometers highway from Demir Kapija-Smokvica, we added the part of Corridor 10 that was missing in the country, said the European Commission’s Director-General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Christian Danielsson.

He added that this highway will facilitate the movement, will encourage economic development and provide sustainable and safer travel.

The new highway section from Demir Kapija – Smokvica, which is within the framework of Corridor 10, is part of the total European Union investments in the country’s transport infrastructure, which in the past few years reached almost 325 million euros. With them, over 100 km of the highway network has been built, which is 64 km of roads in more than 40 municipalities and 60 settlements, 16 km of railway and 11 railway stations have also been built and restored.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that this freeway connects and leads to the EU.

“The section of the highway “Friendship” has built in itself a sincere story of support and cooperation. Our fundamental value and determination, to raise the capacities of our country to a level worthy of being a member of the EU, is a strong motivation for the harmonization of our national road infrastructure strategy with that of the European Union”, Zaev said.

Minister of Transport and Communications Goran Sugareski said that this motorway section is the first of its type in the Balkans.