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The most important future investment in the municipality is the construction of an intermodal (transportation) centre and a public port which would create between 2,000 and 3,000 jobs.


The port city of Apatin is a business and commercial centre on the Danube Main, both geographically and economically. The close proximity to main railways and roads means that Apatin is connected to all major European routes.

The municipality of Apatin owns a 160-hectare industrial zone which has internal roads and complete infrastructure on the outskirts (electricity, water, gas, storm and sanitary sewage). All prerequisites for the construction of a free customs zone and an industrial business park have been met.

In terms of infrastructure, Apatin has the first ever international marina in Serbia. It has 400 berths with 120 being yacht berths and the rest used for small boats. Every berth has electricity supply, water and lighting. Also, the marina has the first petrol station on water in Serbia.

The municipality of Apatin implements the so-called ’48 Hour System’ and provides other investor-related services. The municipality grants incentives in regard to paying utility and land lease fees, and can exempt investors from paying spatial planning taxes and costs associated with issuing building permits and related documents.



Contact:

Snežana Milešević,
Coordinator for LER
Srpskih vladara 29,
25260 Apatin, Srbija
Tel. +381 25 773131
Fax. +381 25 773212
E-mail: kler.apatin@gmail.com
Website: www.soapatin.org
The port city of Apatin is a business and commercial centre on the Danube Main, both geographically and economically.

The future port of Apatin will be managed by the public sector and will provide logistics services in the west-east direction, towards the North Adriatic ports of Trieste, Rijeka, Koper, and the Black Sea port of Constanza, as well as in the north-south direction by serving as a link between North and Central Europe and the South Adriatic port of Bar. The close proximity to main railways and roads means that Apatin is connected to all major European routes.

The municipality has begun drafting a project for the Apatin-Sombor free customs zone which is supposed to be located at the back of the cargo port and its concomitant facilities.

In accordance with the relevant public-private partnership regulation, the municipality of Apatin plans to use an appropriate PPP format in order to provide funding, build, develop and utilize the port, a logistics centre and a road terminal in Apatin. The municipality also has the biggest underground water intake structure called Plazović which stretches underneath Bogojevo all the way to the border with Hungary, at a depth of 60 km and length of 70 km. 

Geothermal resources are for the most part used by the Junaković Spa which is 4 km southeast from Apatin. The municipality is also known for the special nature reserve Gornje Podunavlje which spans across the area of 20,000 hectares.
Apatin has 25,000 hectares of high quality arable land.

The municipality’s business, tourist, sport and recreational offer put Apatin at the very top of the most developed municipalities in Serbia. This is an exceptionally attractive area because of the municipality’s position as the leader in hunting, health and sports tourism.

So far, the biggest investments have been made in agriculture, the food industry, forestry, shipbuilding, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, construction and transport. Agriculture, forestry and water management are all considered natural resources and the foundation of the local economy. Also, these economic branches offer attractive investment opportunities and, as such, are beneficial both to the municipality and West Bačka County.

The local economic development direction is explained in “The Strategy for Sustainable Development of Municipality 2009-2019” with a special emphasis on the development of transport infrastructure. Once the port is built, on the premises of the Logistics and Transport Centre on the Danube, investments in this area will probably grow.



The municipality of Apatin owns a 160-hectare industrial zone which has internal roads and complete infrastructure on the outskirts (electricity, water, gas, storm and sanitary sewage). All prerequisites for the construction of a free customs zone and an industrial business park have been met.

The most important future investment in the municipality is the construction of an intermodal (transportation) centre and a public port which would create between 2,000 and 3,000 jobs. The project documentation has already been drafted. The port will be the foundation for the development of the entire region and an important multi-modal transport intersection.
 
In terms of infrastructure, Apatin has the first ever international marina in Serbia. It has 400 berths with 120 being yacht berths and the rest used for small boats. Every berth has electricity supply, water and lighting. Also, the marina has the first petrol station on water in Serbia. The municipality has a port for passenger ships too. The plan is to build the second category roundabout in order to alleviate the traffic and build a link with the future logistics centre and the port. Apatin has an industrial zone on the Danube banks which is undergoing a procedure for obtaining the customs free zone status.



The municipality is also working on opening the Apatin-Sombor free zone. By doing business in this zone, investors will enjoy special support from the Serbian Finance Ministry like many benefits for foreign investors, various fiscal incentives (exemption from paying taxes for FDIs, VAT, income tax, and local government tax), exemption from paying customs duty for importing equipment, raw and construction materials, financial benefits, free flow of capital, profit and dividends, fast and simple customs clearance procedure, and subsidies for using local infrastructure.

The municipality has managed to provide gas supply on the whole territory of Apatin. Also, a modern water factory has been built. Close to €4 million was invested in the construction of the Apatin marina, which is the most modern marina from the source to the estuary of the Danube River. As we have mentioned earlier, the marina has 400 births, out which 120 are for yachts and the rest for ordinary boats. Each berth has electricity, water and lighting. The marina also has a modern petrol station with equipment, a bridge and pontoon used by yachts and other light vessels for filling up with petrol.

Following the construction of the marina, the works on the Danube bank continued with the construction of the coast fortification, a project that was funded by the World Bank. Once the fortification is finished, the whole quay will have been restored.
 
The Junaković Spa is estimated to be worth around €12 million, with €7 million invested so far. The investments are expected to continue since this is one of the leading health and recreational tourism projects in Vojvodina.

The municipality of Apatin implements the so-called ’48 Hour System’ and provides other investor-related services. The municipality grants incentives in regard to paying utility and land lease fees, and can exempt investors from paying spatial planning taxes and costs associated with issuing building permits and related documents. The best industrial branches for investment would be those that an environmental impact study defines as not being harmful and permitted under the Law on Classification of Business Activities. Investors can obtain the required building permits and documents within the legally stipulated deadline, and sometimes even sooner.



The municipality of Apatin is located in the northeast part of Vojvodina called West Bačka, on the left bank of the river Danube. The abundance of fish in the Danube and its branches, and well-known hunting grounds, which are the habitat of Danube deer and other game, all constitute tourist attractions in this area. Unspoiled nature resembling virgin forests, a century-old indigenous forest, swamps and wetlands, and versatile flora and fauna are all features of the Gornje Podunavlje special nature reserve.

Good transport infrastructure which stretches along endless fields, forests and wetlands, is ideal for cyclists. There are several beautiful beaches on the Danube which are fit for swimming and water sports in summer. Sailors have a modern marina at their disposal which is also one of the biggest marinas in Serbia. The marina has the required infrastructure, accommodation and the Rade Svilar sports centre.