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REGIONAL REPORTTHE BALKANS


Velebit Promet is kept busy with export projects for Croatian clients.


at factories. “It is often the case that our Bulgarian trucks load export [cargo] to Western Europe from Romania. Serbia keeps increasing its role inside the group due to its good development. Ukraine, with its huge potential, will play a more and more important role.”


Ganchev said 2018 has started in a positive fashion. Several wind turbine projects have started in Serbia, while others will start in Ukraine. “In the near future we expect renewables to be part of our main activity in the region [except Bulgaria] and this is the reason why we invest in specialised equipment such as new longer trailers for blades, for example.” Last year, the agricultural industry also stood out as a strong performer, and Ganchev expects this trend to continue in 2018. There has also been an uptick in transformer transportation projects. “In general, I could say that we feel the industry is more alive compared with 2016 or earlier,” said Ganchev.


Croatia-based Zagrebtrans has also been busy with wind energy projects. Having finished work on the Krnovo wind farm in Montenegro in 2016, the company was involved in a significant number of wind


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projects in 2017 – including the first wind turbine project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Mesihovina development.


“This year we will execute the first ever wind turbine project in Kosovo,” said Ivan Rojnica, head of road transport at Zagrebtrans. “We have invested a lot of time and effort in the development of these ‘first’ projects in order to ensure smooth execution, and the results so far are very good. Being a pioneer is always challenging but also interesting.”


Regional focus


The political situation in Croatia is unfortunately, not providing an open and accessible climate for foreign investors, as they implement too many rules and regulations to be met before getting approval or go-aheads. – Dave Roosen, R&B Global Projects


Zagrebtrans’ base country is Croatia but there is presently a lack of domestic heavy industrial projects and cargo, he said. “So we are involved in several regional countries that have more energy projects in development, especially wind turbine projects.”


Slovenia is Croatia’s primary transit country towards Western Europe. “During the year we expect to do some work in all ex-Yugoslavia countries and also outside the region. In our region, renewables and thermal power plants are currently the primary project generators, although there are not too many of them compared with


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