Ambassador Peter Sorensen, Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative in BiH, visited Trebevic cable car start and end stations

A Sarajevo favourite is planned to be back in operation for everyone’s enjoyment next year when the Trebevic cable car is restored thanks to EU funding and a generous donation from Switzerland.

On Thursday, 19 April 2012, Ambassador Peter Sorensen, Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative in BiH together with Andre Schaller, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, visited Trebevic cable car start and end stations, in the Bistrik and Brus areas of Sarajevo.

The visit was made in light of upcoming EU large-scale support to the Trebevic cable car rehabilitation to the tune of 2.2 million EUR from the European Commission’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA).

During the visit, Ambassador Sorensen witnessed the current state of the cable car route and facilities and was familiarised with the site, as one of the EU’s high priorities in business and transport infrastructure improvements in the country.

Following the Swiss ski centre of Graechen’s donation of the equipment that took place in December 2011, the EU is providing the funding of the preliminary design development, execution of the works on the construction of the cable car facilities and installation of the equipment and pillars, as well as the supervision and quality control of the works to EU standards.

The support to the Trebevic cable car process has already been launched by currently funding the development of the preliminary design and all preparations to provide for a sufficient, technically correct and administratively complete basis for launching the “design plant and build” works procurement procedure to lead to the rehabilitation of the cable car facility.

The launch of the works and supervision procurement procedures is expected in autumn 2012, while the end of the operation is tentatively due to autumn 2013, when is expected that the cable car will be fully back into function.

The EU support to this project is targeted at helping BiH’s socio-economic growth and improved quality of life of all BiH citizens, but is also for the benefit of tourists in the country.