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The municipality of Bela Palanka lies on the pan-European Corridor X, between Niš and Sofia.

The municipality belongs to Pirot County, and it spans an area of 517 square km. It is linked to large regional centres like Belgrade (280 km), Sofia (108 km), Thessaloniki (450 km), Niš (42 km) and Pirot (27 km) via a network of roads.

Investors will benefit from the fact that the municipality is close to Corridor X, the cities of Niš and Sofia, the Budapest-Belgrade-Sofia-Istanbul railroad, and the future main gas pipeline. The municipality also has available and qualified workforce, industrial zones near the intersection of Corridor X, and zones designated for wind farms, small hydro-power plants and solar plants. The municipality has a professional and efficient administration, swift licensing procedures, tax breaks, lower utility fees.

The Balvan industrial zone is situated at the entrance to Bela Palanka, from the direction of Niš, 2 km from the new Corridor X route, right next to the Niš-Sofia motorway and railway Corridor X. The municipality has an extraordinary industrial zone which is close to Niš airport (40 km) and Sofia airport (115 km). The Murica industrial zone lies next to the Niš-Sofia road, at the entrance to Bela Palanka from the direction of Niš.

Contact:
Goran Miljković
Municipal president
Karađorđeva 28
18310 Bela Palanka
Tel. +381 18 855 023
Fax  +381 18 855 188;
E-mail: sobelapalanka@belapanka.org.rs
Website: www.belapalanka.org.rs
Spoken languages: English and Russian
The municipality of Bela Palanka belongs to Pirot County, and it spans an area of 517 square km. It is linked to large regional centres like Belgrade (280 km), Sofia (108 km), Thessaloniki (450 km), Niš (42 km) and Pirot (27 km) via a network of roads.

Investors will benefit from the fact that the municipality is close to Corridor X, the cities of Niš and Sofia, the Budapest-Belgrade-Sofia-Istanbul railroad, and the future main gas pipeline. The municipality also has available and qualified workforce, industrial zones near the intersection of Corridor X, and zones designated for wind farms, small hydro-power plants and solar plants. A number of investment projects already have technical documentation while the municipality has drafted a spatial plan and detailed zoning plans. The drafting of the spatial plan for the Suva Planina nature reserve is nearly finished. The municipality belongs to the Nišava Euroregion and the Regional Tourism Organization of Southeast Serbia. It has a professional and efficient administration, swift licensing procedures, tax breaks, lower utility fees compared to the municipalities in the region, and a flexible approach to meeting the investors’ needs.

Local Administration

The local administration has a flexible approach to investors' needs and supplies requested information in a very short amount of time. The municipality has reduced the land development fee to 300 dinars/m2 for the first zone, 220 dinars/m2 for the second zone and 100 dinars/m2 for the third zone.

The local administration will provide investors with the permits and documents needed to implement their investments in up to 10 days.
Industrial zones

The Balvan industrial zone is situated at the entrance to Bela Palanka, from the direction of Niš, 2 km from the new Corridor X route, right next to the Niš-Sofia motorway and railway Corridor X.

The municipality has an extraordinary industrial zone which is close to Niš airport (40 km) and Sofia airport (115 km). The Ljuberađa-Niš regional water system runs nearby and companies in the zone can get connected to this water system. Serbian Railways plans to build a 110 power substation in the zone's centre.

The Murica industrial zone lies next to the Niš-Sofia road, at the entrance to Bela Palanka from the direction of Niš. It is only 200 metres from the main intersection on the new Corridor X route. The zone stretches over 8 hectares of land.

The former production hall of Vesna Company in Crvena Reka is now privately owned. The hall is currently vacant and available to potential investors. It is only 20 metres from the Niš-Sofia motorway, on a 2 hectare plot, 60 km from the border with Bulgaria. The hall has a 2,200 square metre office building, made of solid materials, with a reconstructed steel roof. It is currently under renovation. Apart from the office building, there are big and several smaller halls with individual entrances, access to the loading area, several offices, a canteen, a boiler room, several bathrooms and a number general purpose rooms.

 

Infrastructure

The C branch of Corridor X (a 32-km long Niš-Sofia motorway stretch) passes through the municipality. The whole municipality has WiFi and ADSL Internet access. The only rail link to Bulgaria runs through the municipality of Bela Palanka.

There are several pending investments like a small hydro-power plant, a wind farm, solar plants, and eco-ethno tourist complex Suva Planina.

Tourism

Thermal springs are not utilized at all as a resource. The Balopalanačka Banjica is the biggest thermal and mineral spring in Central Ponišavlje. The water from this spring can be used for drinking and for therapeutic purposes right at the spring or it can be bottled and shipped to consumers. The spring's flow is 15 litres per second.

There are also remnants of the Banjica thermal and mineral water spring which lies at the foot of the Malo Kurilo Hill. You can taste this water at a fountain near the road.

Agricultural land in the municipality is suitable for growing fruit and medicinal herbs, the meadows are ideal for sheep, cattle and goat farming, while the clean environment is best for growing organic food. 

The municipality has the biggest lavender fields in the Balkans, organically grown near the Tamnjanica village on 30 hectares of land.

Bela Palanka has two protected areas suitable for development eco- and ethno-tourism, adrenalin sports, hiking, climbing, paragliding and mountain biking. The municipal territory is considered a high-quality environment. The cultural and historical heritage of Bela Palanka, which was built on the remnants of a 2,300-year old settlement, is best reflected in the Divljana and Vrelo complex and Sićevo Gorge nature park.
The Nišava River carved the Sićevo Gorge, a 17-km calcareous formation which links the Niš and Bela Palanka basins. After Đerdap, this is the second longest gorge in Serbia. The Gorge has the status of a nature park. This is a protected area of exceptional biological diversity and a perfect example of the interaction between geological, geo-morphological and hydrological phenomena and the beauty of natural landscape. The most attractive part of the Gorge is the grandiose Gradištanski Canyon, with tight, almost vertical, step-cut stone cliffs which are the nesting-grounds of the last Golden Eagles in Serbia. This is a place where nature has created an exhibition of natural sculptures. The Gorge is the shared habitat of many endemic species of plants (the Serbian phoenix flower, Natalie's Ramonda, sage, Dyer's Greenweed, common lilac, Turkish hazel, Jerusalem thorn, Smoketree, Montpelier Maple and others). The Gorge is the natural habitat of sage which typically grows in the Mediterranean. This is the northernmost sage habitat in the world. The thermal springs are an interesting hydrological phenomenon.

Serbian scientist Jovan Cvijić called Suva Planina (the Dry Mountain) ‘The South Serbian Alps’ because of its several hundred metre high cliffs on the north side of the mountain. With its peaks and colossal precipices, the mountain dominates the relief in Southeast Serbia. The mountain is home to 1,260 plant species, which is almost half of all plant species in Serbia. 128 species are endemic.  Some of the plants here also grow in the Mediterranean, the Alps and Siberia. The Suva Planina Mountain is an area of exceptional morphological phenomena and karst topography.

The intersection of the 'S' branch of Corridor H, which lies at the foot of the Mountain, will certainly contribute to the faster development of tourism in this area. Also, the closest airport is only 40 km away. The draft Spatial Plan of the Republic of Serbia categorizes Suva Planina as a highland area of national importance.