Today, Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic and the authorised representatives of the “Gradina d.o.o. Beograd – Termoinzenjering” Consortium signed a contract for the refurbishment and the adaptation of the “Peace Palace” building in Belgrade (17a Savska Street). The contract signing ceremony was attended by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Serbia representative Ivana Vujic and the IPFS Consortium (technical support to EU projects implementation) representative Milica Dugic. The refurbishment of the “Peace Palace” was the largest infrastructural project the Ministry of Justice had initiated over the previous four years. The solicitation documents were prepared based on a template used by the World Bank, although the criteria had been approved by the EIB. The complete procurement procedure was fully conducted in accordance with the EIB rules. The signing of the contract allowed for the refurbishment works on the building to begin.
The “Peace Palace” building, spreading across 24,000 square meters, had not essentially undergone any renovation or works in over four decades. The works are expected to last 24 months and the costs involved are approximately 16 million euros. The funds have been secured with an EIB loan.
Once the refurbishment and the adaptation works have been completed, the “Peace Palace” building will be intended for four courts: the High Court in Belgrade, the First Basic Court in Belgrade (Department of Crime), the High Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade and the First Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office. The first phase of the refurbishment project was completed in September when all the courts were moved out and relocated to new addressed in Belgrade.