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Launch of the EU-funded EBRD SME Competitiveness Programme in Serbia

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14 October 2019: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Serbia have more opportunities to increase their competitiveness due to a new EU and EBRD programme combining targeted and grant-supported investments.
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Works Commence on the 2015 Connectivity Project for Gradiška Interstate Bridge

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11 October 2019: Works commence on the interstate bridge between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia at Gradiška, with Commissioner Violeta Bulc, Ambassador Johann Sattler, and BiH Presidency Member Milorad Dodik in attendance. This is the second cross-border bridge over the Sava co-financed by the EU through the WBIF under the 2015 Connectivity Package.
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WB EDIF: Building the Future of SMEs in the Western Balkans

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10 October 2019: Since its foundation in 2012, the Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF) supported 4,000 SMEs and created 78,000 jobs in the Western Balkans.
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WBIF-Funded Technical Assistance Supports the Management and Rehabilitation of Inmates in North Macedonia’s Penitentiary Institutions

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29 September 2019: The completion of the institutional component of the Technical Assistance grant to improve penitentiary facilities in North Macedonia was marked by an event taking place on 25 September 2019.
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A €40 Million Investment Grant Agreement Signed for the First Section of the 2018 Connectivity Project the “Peace Highway” Connecting Serbia and Kosovo*

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17 September 2019: The grant agreement for Serbia under the 2018 Connectivity Agenda investment package was signed on 12 September by representatives of the European Union, Serbia, and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
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€15 Million Connectivity Agenda Grant Agreement Signed for Johovac - Rudanka Motorway Section in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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01 August 2019: A €15 million EU grant agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina under the 2017 Connectivity Agenda investment package was signed today by representatives of the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
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New WBIF Publication: 2018 Annual Report

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27 June 2019: The 2018 WBIF Annual Report is now available online, on our website, as well as in print. It provides a comprehensive overview of 2018 developments - governance and policy, landmark projects, sector and beneficiary portfolios, etc., and comes with a detailed project and grant directory, showcasing all past and current WBIF operations.
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Welcome to Western Balkans Investment Framework!

The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) is a regional blending facility supporting EU enlargement and socio-economic development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The WBIF was established in 2009 as a joint initiative of the European Commission, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, and several bilateral donors . The World Bank Group, the KfW Development Bank and the AFD (Agence Française de Développement) subsequently joined the Framework. In December 2018, the AFD became a participating organisation in the WBIF.

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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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