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Start of the WBIF Technical Assistance for the Construction of a New Building for the University of Zadar

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15 July 2019: On 8 July 2019, a new EU-funded technical assistance project was launched under the WBIF to assist the University of Zadar with the preparation of the technical documentation for securing the building permit and procure the construction works for an innovative multi-purpose building on the University’s new campus.
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North Macedonia Plugs into a Greener Future through Wind Power

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09 July 2019: The WBIF has successfully piloted the first renewables scheme in North Macedonia. The first phase of the wind park was completed in 2014 and currently generates 100 GWh per year, providing renewable energy for more than 16,000 households in the Bogdanci region.
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€180 Million EU Grant under the Fifth Connectivity Agenda Package

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05 July 2019: The fifth Connectivity Agenda package is introduced today to EU and Western Balkans participants at the Summit in Poznań. €180 million in EU grants will support six transport and two energy infrastructure projects. This brings the total EU commitments under this initiative to 88% of the €1 billion pledged in 2014, while total investments leveraged reach €3.2 billion.
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High-level EU Visit to the 2017 Connectivity Project for Johovac – Rudanka Motorway Section in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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02 July 2019: Ahead of the Western Balkans Summit in Poznan, the Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH, Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark visited the newly opened construction site for the Johovac Interchange – Rudanka Interchange motorway section on the Mediterranean Corridor (Corridor Vc) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Ground-breaking Event for the 2015 Connectivity Project in Kosovo*

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02 July 2019: On 2 July 2019, the EU Office in Kosovo in cooperation with the Public Company 'Infrakos' organised a ground-breaking event for the construction of the WBIF supported Connectivity Agenda project ‘Railway Route 10: Section Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje – Border with North Macedonia’. Railway Route 10 is part of the Indicative Extension to the Western Balkans of the TEN-T Orient/East-Med Corridor.
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20th WBIF Steering Committee Meeting

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27 June 2019: Key WBIF stakeholders met at the 20th WBIF Steering Committee to discuss strategic developments for the Framework and approve €20.2 million in technical assistance grants for twenty projects.
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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.

The WBIF provides financing and technical assistance to strategic investments in the energy, environment, social, transport, and digital infrastructure sectors. It also supports private sector development initiatives.

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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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