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New Home for 62 Displaced Families in Srebrenik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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08 April 2021: Earlier this week, the keys to 62 newly built apartments in Srebrenik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, were handed to 164 displaced persons, former residents of the collective centres. The construction of the multi-apartment building is part of the larger EU supported project „Housing and Social Integration of Vulnerable Persons Living in Collective Centres“, implemented by the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Feature Story: Improving Water and Wastewater Treatment in Subotica

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04 April 2021: The European Union and the bilateral donors, the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), have been supporting Subotica’s efforts for the modernisation of its original waste water treatment plant and construction of a sludge line since 2006.
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Start of Works on the Water Supply System in Gradačac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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31 March 2021: Over 20,000 people living in the town in Gradačac in Bosnia and Herzegovina are set to benefit from an upgrade of the water and wastewater system serving the municipality, after the works commenced last week on the WBIF project „Gradačac Water Supply Project“. The project will improve the quality of service by aiming to supply water to 80% of the population in the urban area and reducing water losses. In addition, thanks to an extension of the sewerage network, the project has already increased the number of households connected to the wastewater system.
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New Green Economy Financing Facility Launched in Montenegro to Support Green Investments

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21 March 2021: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is launching a new Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) in Montenegro that will provide loans to households for energy efficiency improvements. The programme will benefit from over €27 million in incentives to end borrowers provided by the European Union through the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF).
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The EU-Backed Development of Flood Risk Maps for Bosnia and Herzegovina

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17 March 2021: The recently completed Flood Hazard and Flood Risk Maps Project aimed to develop maps for the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in accordance with the EU Floods Directive. The EU supported Technical Assistance project was launched in 2017 as part of the activities associated with the recovery effort following the crippling floods in BiH.
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The EU Provides an Additional €21 Million in Grants for Flagship Investments on Corridor Vc in BiH

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11 March 2021: The construction of Corridor Vc, a key infrastructure project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is progressing with new financing from the European Union. On Wednesday, Ms. Manuela Naessl, Head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's (EBRD) operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Mr. Vjekoslav Bevanda, the BIH Minister of Finance and Treasury signed two agreements for an additional €20.9 million in EU grants to support the completion of two sections on Corridor Vc: Buna-Počitelj and tunnel Zenica-Donja Gračanica. Ambassador Johann Sattler, Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative in BiH also attended the signing ceremony.
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Continued EU-Support for Expansion of Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor in Serbia

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24 February 2021: Last week, loan agreement for the WBIF project 'Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor: Obrenovac – Bajina Bašta Grid Section in Serbia' was signed by Minister of Mining and Energy Zorana Mihajlović, European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimović, Director of Serbian Transmission System Operator (EMS) Jelena Matejić, and the Head of the KfW Bank Office in Serbia, Rüdiger Hartmann. The German Ambassador to Belgrade, Thomas Schieb, also attended the event.
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EU and KfW Support Rehabilitation of Serbia's Largest Hospital

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18 February 2021: Serbia’s largest tertiary care facility is getting a complete overhaul to meet current energy efficiency, health and safety standards. The planned renovation – supported by an EU grant and a KfW loan – will make hospital operations run more smoothly, save energy and water, and thus lower the maintenance costs in the long run. In addition, the working environment for the medical staff will be improved, as well as the overall comfort for patients.
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EU and EBRD Support Rehabilitation of Tirana - Durres Railway in Albania

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03 February 2021: The first large-scale overhaul of the railway network in Albania is ready to start with the signing of a contract for rehabilitation works between the state railways and the Italian company INC Spa. This project is supported by the European Union (EU) with an investment grant of €35.5 million under its 'Connectivity Agenda for the Western Balkans' and by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with a €36.9 million loan. Additional €2.75 million in grants from bilateral donors have been secured through the Western Balkans Investment Framework.
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WBIF and EBRD Support Serbia to Expand Broadband to Rural Areas

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26 January 2021: Rural areas in Serbia with around 90,000 households and 600 schools and public institutions will gain access to fast broadband thanks to a government digitalisation project supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and bilateral donors under the framework of the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF).
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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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