GREECE EXERTS PRESSURE ON MACEDONIA THROUGH CORRIDOR 10
Greece piles pressure on Macedonia through the project on the construction of Corridor 10 in the Demir Kapija-Smokvica section, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said.
The remarks were made during the late Sunday's open session of the Macedonian government, after the PM Gruevski was notified by transport and communications minister that the construction of this section of the highway has been delayed because of Greeks, who were to work out a feasibility study and also to provide funds for the projects.
Asked by PM Gruevski to brief on the construction of Demir Kapija-Smokvica section, the Transport and Communications Minister Mile Janakieski said there was a delay due to Greece's non-compliance with its obligations. The delay is underway since March this year, he added.
PM Gruevski qualified the move as Greek "pressure on the country".
News reports, citing sources in Macedonian Roads Fund, said earlier that the government discussed this issue several months ago and decided that the highway be constructed on the right side of Vardar river.
The same source says the state budget and loans from EU and Greece will cover the expenses for the construction of this section of the highway.
MD: Corridor 10 is a trans-European corridor which links Solun and Salzburg.