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Zenica Tunnel on the Corridor Vc Fully Drilled

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24 November 2021: Workers of the Sarajevo-based company “Euro-Asfalt” broke recently the left pipe of the “Zenica” tunnel on the Ponirak-Vraca section of the road Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first, right pipe of this tunnel near Zenica, in the length of 3.4 km, was drilled earlier in November. The section is planned to be completed in 2023.
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32nd WBIF Project Financiers’ Group Meeting (PFG) 18-19 November 2021

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21 November 2021: The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) held its 32nd Project Financiers’ Group Meeting (PFG) on 18 and 19 November 2021. Over 130 participants attended the meeting from the European Commission, financial institutions (EIB, EBRD, CEB, KfW, WBG, AFD, EIF), Bilateral Donors, Western Balkans beneficiaries, Energy Community Secretariat, Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community, Regional Cooperation Council and OECD.
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EU Provides Additional €5 million for Počitelj-Zvirovići Subsection of Corridor Vc

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18 November 2021: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Ministry of Finance of Bosnia and Herzegovina signed an agreement for a €5 million EU grant for the supervision of construction works for the Počitelj-Zvirovići subsection of Corridor Vc. Once completed in 2022, it will provide approximately 21 km of continuous motorway between Počitelj and Bijača on the southern border of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the European Union in Croatia.
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#TogetherIsPossible – Communication Campaign for Western Balkans Now Live

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17 November 2021: The “#EUandYOU – Together it’s possible” campaign launched this week across the Western Balkans region. The campaign highlights the opportunities and projects that are part of the EU Economic and Investment Plan (EIP) for the region. This is the second regional communication campaign under the EU Regional Communication Programme for the Western Balkans – WeBalkans.eu.
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EU Funded Rehabilitation of the Railway Route 10 in Kosovo*

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16 November 2021: The European Union through the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) funds the Technical Assistance (TA) for the rehabilitation of the Northern Part of Railway Route 10 from Mitrovica to Leshak in Kosovo. The main objective of this TA is to prepare the Preliminary and Detailed Design for civil works and signalling & telecommunication and electrification along the northern section of Rail Route 10.
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The EU, EBRD and Austria Donate Trees for a Greener Western Balkans

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14 November 2021: To mark the results of the Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) programme and to symbolically contribute to the fight against climate change, the EU, the EBRD, and Austria began planting 1,000 trees in six Western Balkan beneficiaries. The trees also represent the EBRD award for the 18 most active partner financial institutions, and 32 producers and sellers of energy efficient technologies, for their contribution to the success of the GEFF programme in the Western Balkans.
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EU Allocates Additional Grant to introduce District Heating in Eight Municipalities in Kosovo

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11 November 2021: A new EU funded technical assistance project worth €2 million was launched in October 2021 to support the preparation of a Feasibility Study for the District heating, based on renewable energy in eight Kosovo* municipalities - Gjilan, Ferizaj, Prizren, Peja, Drenas, Obiliq/Kastriot, Mitrovica and Zveçan - including Cost Benefit Analyses and an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report.
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EU and Germany Support Improvement of Student Dormitories in Albania

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10 November 2021: Through the EU-supported Regional Energy Efficiency Programme for the Western Balkans (REEP/REEP Plus), 19 student dormitories in Tirana University student campus area, will undergo energy-efficiency renovation based on structural energy audits, and at least three new buildings will be built.
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EU-funded Technical Assistance for the Rehabilitation of the Durres – Rrogozhina Railway Section in Albania

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21 October 2021: The development of railways in Western Balkan countries takes an important part in of European Union’s Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, as it does for all countries in European Union. Indeed the first three Flagships of this Plan have important railway components. Therefore, the European Union finances the project “Rehabilitation of the Durres – Rrogozhina Railway Section in Albania” with a budget of €1.7 million which will meet European standards, increase train speed, and improve travel safety particularly at level crossings. Flagship 3 (Railway line Podgorica – Tirana) is linked in Durres to this railway section.
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EU Support to the Deployment of Next Generation Networks in Montenegro

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18 October 2021: he European Union funds the development of broadband infrastructure in Montenegro with technical assistance grant of €550,000, which shall improve the coverage of the territory with infrastructure for fixed internet. As part of the project, which began in July last year, an assessment of the existing situation in Montenegro and the plans of the telecom operators to deploy infrastructure in next three years were investigated.
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Von der Leyen Opens Svilaj Bridge Between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia

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02 October 2021: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen opened the Svilaj bridge connecting the Bosnian with Croatian shore of the River Sava on Thursday 30 September, in the presence of the Head of the EU Delegation and Special Representative Johann Sattler, Member of the European Parliament Željana Zovko, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Tegeltija.
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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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