HC Deb 04 November 2003 vol 412 c550W
Harry Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to rebuild the bridges at Novi Sad; and if he will make a statement. [135599]

Mr. MacShane

The 3 bridges destroyed at Novi Sad during the 1999 NATO intervention have been replaced. However, one of these is a temporary pontoon structure, which will be removed on completion of a €40 million European-Union funded reconstruction of the 'Sloboda' bridge, due in May 2005. The EU also contributed €22 million to the successful clearance of bris and unexploded ordnance from the riverbed, which was completed in June 2003.