Eptisa selected as the main consulting engineer for the Research and Development Infrastructure Initiative in Serbia

The company will provide architectural, engineering and management support services for the design and construction of several buildings and a wide range of research-related infrastructures financed by the European Investment Bank and by the Council of Europe Development Bank

February 28 2011

According to the latest Global Competitiveness Index, the quality of universities and research institutions and the availability of scientists and researchers in Serbia have worsened due to the lack of investments in Research and Development (R&D), nowadays representing only a 0.3% of the GDP, well below the European standards. As a result of this scarcity of resources, the average number of researchers per 10,000 inhabitants in Serbia is only 11 while the average in the EU stands at 25.

Fully aware that innovation is a major driver for employment and competitiveness, the Government of Serbia prepared the "Science and Technology Development Strategy of the Republic of Serbia 2010 - 2015" setting out their vision of Serbia as an innovative country where scientists have attained European standards, contributing to the overall level of knowledge of the society and promoting the technological development of the economy.

In parallel, the Ministry of Science and Technological Development signed a 200 million Euro loan with the European Investment Bank (EIB), and a 35 million Euro loan with the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) for the implementation of the R&D Infrastructure Investment Initiative, a facility of 400 million Euro that aims to enhance the R&D capabilities in the country.

The Initiative will support a mix of hard and soft projects, including the construction of the Belgrade Science and Technology campus, the renovation of the Academic Computer Network and the procurement of new infrastructure for the Supercomputing initiative, the upgrade of the Science and Technology park in Niš, the construction of new apartment buildings for young researchers in Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad and Kragujevac, the construction of new laboratories at the Petnica Science Centre, the erection of a Mathematical High School Campus, and the design and construction of a brand new national Science Promotion Centre.

With the purpose of ensuring the best possible use of these funds, the Government of the Republic of Serbia made the decision to establish a limited liability company that will act as the main Project Implementation Unit (PIU) carrying out all duties in connection to the preparation, publication, evaluation and award processes of all tenders, the co-ordination of activities and administrative support to the awarded contractors, the management of the disbursement process, and the provision of progress reports to the IFIs.

Motivated to make its contribution to this process, the European Commission through its Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA program) launched a 2 million Euro international tender to select the consulting and engineering company that would provide technical support to the newly created PIU.

The contract has been awarded to Eptisa who will act as the main technical advisor to the Ministry of Science and Technological Development in the implementation of the R&D Infrastructure Investment Initiative and in the tendering and construction of all the related buildings and facilities.

For the next two years, a multidisciplinary team of local and international engineers from Eptisa will provide technical support to the PIU in the preparation of tender dossiers and contract documentation to fulfil EU requirements, in the monitoring during the implementation of works contracts and in the provision of support to the PIU in its supervisory role, in the preparation and upgrading of reports of the PIU to meet the IFI’s requirements, and, in summary, in any activities aiming to the successful and timely implementation of all projects that will be financed by the loans, including the provision of support in the management of the disbursement process.


 Eptisa selected as the main consulting engineer for the Research and Development Infrastructure Initiative in Serbia