Zivkovic Samardzic is advising the Austrian Development Agency on the rehabilitation of flood protection infrastructure in Serbia.
According to Zivkovic Samardzic, the project includes the renewal of sewerage systems in the Obrenovac and Surcin municipalities in the greater Belgrade area, renewal of pumping stations in Obrenovac, and the reconstruction of flood protection in the cities of Valjevo, Paracin and Svilajnac, which entails the repair and construction of dams and embankments, construction of an overflow basin, and cleaning the riverbeds along the Kolubara, Crnica, Velika Morava, Buk and Resava rivers.
In May 2014, severe floods hit entire regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Serbia, resulting in several dozens of casualties in both countries, causing the destruction of public and private infrastructure, and affecting hundreds of thousands of households. Damages and economic losses amounted to around EUR 2 billion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and EUR 1.5 billion in the Republic of Serbia. In December 2014 the European Commission adopted a special measure on flood recovery and flood risk management to provide assistance to those two countries in order to help them to recover from the floods, with the maximum amount of the European Union contribution for its implementation set at EUR 127 million.
The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation. ADA plans, finances and supports development programmes and projects in the countries of Africa, Asia, South-Eastern and Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean on behalf of the Austrian Federal Government, and it implements projects in developing countries on behalf of the European Commission. The ADA has been entrusted with the implementation of the rehabilitation of the flood protection infrastructure project in Serbia based on its technical, administrative, and financial capabilities and its experience in implementing works contracts in the water sector in Serbia and the Western Balkan region.
Zivkovic Samardzic’s assistance to the ADA encompassed negotiating and drafting the cooperation agreements with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, public water management companies, and participating cities and municipalities, advising the ADA in construction permit-issuing proceedings and on various regulatory issues and procurement procedures, and drafting the contacts on supply, services, construction, and site supervision.
The Zivkovic Samardzic team advising the ADA is led by Partner Ksenija Golubovic Filipovic.