Croatian rail infrastructure manager, HŽ Infrastruktura is part of a consortium participating in the tender for providing technical assistance to the Serbian Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure (MoCTI) for implementing the reform of the state-owned railway companies. The KPMG Belgrade-led consortium, which also includes Dornier and Safege companies, is among the eight organisations shortlisted invited to submit detailed tenders for the EUR 2 million contract.
According to the prior tender notice, the consultant will provide operational technical assistance to the state-owned railway companies with establishing the corporate model and commercial management of their activities, provide support with HR management (including a labour retrenchment plan), and will support MoCTI in managing key contracts with the railway companies and capacity building.
The three Serbian rail companies now in their initial phase of operations are Infrastruktura železnica Srbije (Serbian railways infrastructure), Srbija Voz (Serbia train) for passenger transport, and Srbija kargo (Serbia cargo) for freight transport.
In Croatia, the fist steps towards reforming the railway sector date back to the middle of the first decade of the 2000s, with the formation of Croatian railways as a holding company. In June 2012, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure adopted a five-year restructuring plan for the Croatian Railways Holding, compliant with EU directives, dissolving the Holding and dividing it into three independent entities – HŽ Infrastruktura, HŽ Cargo and HZ Putnicki Prijevoz,