About the local self-government

Pirot is a city in the south-eastern part of Serbia with a rich cultural tradition and turbulent history, a city that connects the West with the East, which is constantly evolving and which strives to turn from a city in the south-eastern Balkans into a city in South-eastern Europe.

Pirot, as the administrative center of the Pirot district, has intensified investments in infrastructure through the realization of numerous projects, and thanks to them, it has acquired the appearance of a modern city. On the other hand, it managed to preserve its tradition and remain recognizable by the brands that have distinguished it for decades, and among them stand out: Pirot carpet, Pirot lamb, Pirot cheese and Pirot ironed sausage.

Natural-geographical position

The city of Pirot, with an area of 1,232 km2, is located in the south of the country with a total population of 57,928. The municipality of Pirot lies 22° 36‘ east of Greenwich and 43° 09‘ north of the equator. The range of altitudes in the municipality ranges between 368m and 2,169m. The average maximum temperature is 18.42°C while the average minimum temperature is 5.96°C.

Pirot is characterized by a very favourable geographical position and a well-connected road and railway network with other parts of Serbia and neighbouring Bulgaria. The roads are Corridor 10, that is, the international road E-80. Pirot is joined by the river Nišava, surrounded on all sides by mountains, of which the most prominent is Stara Planina. Pirot is 310km away from Belgrade, 72km from Niš, 29km from the EU (state border with Bulgaria), 88km from Sofia, which makes its position an extremely important transit center. Nearest airports are Niš 70km and Sofia 80km.

The geography of the Pirot region consists of mountains, hills, valleys and fields. To the north and northeast of Pirot stretches the Stara Planina mountain, the largest in Serbia, with the highest peak Midžor reaching a heigh of 2,169 meters above sea level, which is also the state border between Serbia and Bulgaria. It is one of the most beautiful Serbian mountains. The southern rim of the Pirot valley consists of branches of the Vlach mountain, in the southern part of which the river Jerma has cut a very picturesque composite valley. The western part of the Pirot valley consists of the branches of the Suva Planina, which being near Pirot with Belav, and through it passes in the southwest is an asphalt road that leads through Babušnica, Vlasotnice and Leskovac to the southern Pomoravlje region.

Climate

The climate of Pirot is temperate. The springs are humid and pleasant, the summers are warm, the autumns are mild and long and the winters are mostly cold. Pirot with its surroundings and cities is one of the driest cities. The highest precipitation is in May, June and October and the lowest in January, February and July. The warmest month is July with an average temperature of +22°C, and the coldest January with an average temperature of -1°C. In the winter months, the north wind blows with an average speed of 10km/h. In the Pirot area, most forests are in Stara Planina and Vlaška Planina and Vidlič.

History of the LSG

The initial settlement was formed on the north-western edge of the valley of the same name, around the walls of an ancient Roman fortification (town) which was inscribed in maps under the name Mutacio Tures, which means tower in Latin. The settlement developed thanks to the proximity of the famous road of that time – Via Militaris, and in the Middle Ages, it was known as the Constantinople Road. In the 14th century it was mentioned under the name Pirgos which has the same meaning. The Turks also introduced a new name for Pirot – Sherkjoj, which means a town village. Named as Pirot, the city was first mentioned in medieval Dubrovnik and Serbian sources and come from the Slavs who linguistically adapted the name Pirgos. Since the 12th century, the Pirot region has been part of the state of the Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja, which is confirmed by the monastery archives in its vicinity. Pirot was freed from five centuries of Turkish occupation in 1877. In that period, carpet weaving in Pirot was very developed, primarily tanks to the quality wool that was obtained from tens of thousands of sheep which were kept on the rich pastures of the nearby mountains. Pirot used to be the center of pottery in Serbia, so in the middle of the 19th century, this small place had as many as 40 pottery workshops. More than 70 types of useful and decorative pottery items were produced. In addition to carpets and pottery, the symbol of this town on the Nišava is its cheese, whose production is associated with livestock tribes that originate from the Greeks or Cincars, and lived in the 17th century on the Stara Planina.

Existing investment partners in the LSG

  • Michelin
  • Aksa Mura
  • Prvi Maj Pirot
  • E Miroglio

Reasons for investing in the LSG

  • Favourable geographical location
  • Available locations for investment (industrial zones)
  • Functioning of the Free Zone and logistics center in Pirot
  • Benefits in the form of local self-government facilities for investments in the city.

You can see the investment locations on the link HERE or at the bottom of the page.

Name: City Administration of Pirot

Address: Srpskih vladara 82, 18300 Pirot

Phone number: 010/305-532

E-mail: kabinet@pirot.rs

Website: https://www.pirot.rs

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