Port Highlight: Port Governance Agency (PGA)
18 October 2023
EFIP is very excited to organise its 2023Executive Committee Meeting in Belgrade, hosted by the Port Governance Agency.
Can you give us
a short introduction of PGA?
Port Governance Agency (PGA) is a governmental
institution established by the Government of the Republic of Serbia. It
represents port authority for all ports and terminals in our country. We have
three important roles: regulatory, professional and development role. Our aim
is to set up a regulated system and network of ports and terminals, which
enables efficient movement of goods and passengers. The first decade of
operation has been marked by significant achievements - the establishment of a
strong legal framework, relevant analyses of cargo and passenger traffic
volumes, investments in port infrastructure,
open dialogues with stakeholders, digitalization of business procedures,
initiation of projects related to environmental protection in ports, and the
establishment of an international partnership network.
Vuk Perović, Director Of The Port Governance Agency
How does the PGA
see its position in the centre of Danube region and the wider European
The Republic of Serbia has an
excellent geographical location. It is situated along the middle course of the
Danube River, as a bridge between the East and the West. The navigability of
the Danube within Serbia is classified as Category 7, making it highly
accessible for shipping. Thanks to its favourable location and the quality of
its waterways, Serbia has the potential to facilitate the flow of a great
volume of goods traveling between seaports and Central Europe, and vice versa.
In this regard, the position is highly advantageous for further developing
ports and connecting them with road and rail corridors.
Under the TEN-T
revision the network will be expanded to include more inland shipping along the
Danube. What benefits do you think this will give the Serbian ports?
planned expansion of the TEN-T network will primarily enhance the visibility of
Serbian ports. Furthermore, it will improve the quality of port services.
Additionally, it will enable a more efficient utilisation of ports and
increased cargo traffic within the transportation chain. On the other hand,
this will create a favourable environment for the development of industrial
activities in the hinterland of the ports. Inclusion in the network also carries
certain obligations in terms of compliance with the conditions set in the TEN-T
network Directive. Accordingly, we can expect greater investments in the ports
and their access infrastructure.
is the development of the Serbian ports in relation to the accession process to
The foundation for the European Union
is the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, which is
essentially a trade agreement among the signatory countries. One of the key
factors for enabling efficient and free trade between nations is the
establishment of a high-quality transportation network. In this way, through
the further development of ports and the TEN-T network, Serbia becomes part of
the family of European countries that are well interconnected through transport