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Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia to Set Up Joint Railway Company

Dobrovo, 03 September (STA) - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Serbian President Boris Tadic, who is paying a private visit to Slovenia, told the press on Friday that they would like to see the two countries and Croatia set up a joint railway company to boost the competitiveness of the 10th transport corridor connecting the markets between Germany and Turkey.

Pahor and Tadic revealed the railway plan after their meeting in Ceglo (W). "This is an alliance and a joint company Cargo 10," Pahor said.

The decision comes just over a month after a statement on closer cooperation of national railway operators was penned by transport ministers of all three countries.

Slovenia's Transport Minister Patrick Vlacic said then that Slovenia would like to see more efficient and inter-operable railway infrastructure on the tenth corridor, enabling safe, fast and efficient transport of both goods and passengers.

Pahor and Tadic also exchanged notes on a social agreement between the countries, which will enable more than 10,000 beneficiaries to get their pensions after 1 November when the agreement will step into force.

The agreement deals with rights stemming from health, pension and disability insurance, insurance for unemployment and parental care that are based on contributions in either of the two countries.

Tadic told the press after the talks that the agreement would solve long-time problems of people who worked in either of the countries as foreigns, because they will be able to get their pensions and other rights.

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