As part of the  E-CrossPass” project, representatives of the Mountaineering Association of Serbia ceremoniously handed over equipment for maintaining hiking trails and paths to mountaineering clubs. The equipment was received by mountaineering organizations from Užice, Bajina Bašta, Čajetina, Priboj, and Prijepolje.

Iso Planić, President of the Mountaineering Association of Serbia, emphasized that their organization has been working for more than a decade on the maintenance of hiking trails E 4 and E 7 that pass through Serbia. These trails play a crucial role in the development of mountaineering, recreation, and tourism, especially in rural mountainous areas.

The “E-CrossPass” project aims to enhance and consolidate the infrastructure for pedestrian tourism in the cross-border region, connecting the Tuzla Canton and the Western Serbia region. These joint trails will be established in accordance with the standards of the European Ramblers Association (ERA) as part of the European hiking route E 7. The incorporation of European standards for long-distance trails in the development of pedestrian pathways will contribute to tourism development and sustainable growth of local communities.

Ilija Andrejić from the Kamena Gora Mountaineering Club in Prijepolje emphasized that the equipment received will be used for maintaining 70 kilometers of hiking trails within the European route, as well as trails that will join the project in the municipality of Prijepolje.

“By maintaining these trails, we will attract more people to visit our region, which will have a positive impact on tourism and the development of the Prijepolje area,” highlighted Andrejić.

Marko Džambasović from the Tornik Mountaineering Club in Čajetina added that the equipment received will be essential for maintaining the European hiking route.

This project represents a significant step towards improving mountaineering infrastructure, preserving natural beauty, and promoting cross-border destinations, and is expected to have a positive impact on tourism and the economy in these regions.