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Another EU-Grant for Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina Signed

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02 August 2020: A €11.8m grant agreement to finance the construction of the 6.9 km-long Tarčin-Ivan section of the pan-European Corridor Vc was signed on Thursday 30 July, between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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WBIF Publications Online: Factsheets in Local Languages and WBIF Annual Report 2019

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30 July 2020: The following WBIF factsheets are now updated and available in all local languages - WBIF at a Glance, Bilateral Donor Factsheet, Sector Factsheets. They can be found and downloaded from the WBIF Library/Factsheets. In addition, the WBIF Annual Report 2019 has been uploaded to the Library. Printed versions are in production and will be disseminated soon.
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Works Commence on the 2015 Connectivity Agenda Project North Macedonia – Albania Power Interconnection

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29 July 2020: On 29 July the works commenced on the Connectivity Agenda 2015 project ’North Macedonia – Albania Power Interconnection: Grid Section in North Macedonia (Bitola – Ohrid – Border with Albania)’. By providing the first interconnection between the two countries, this project completes the 400 kV electricity ring between Albania, North Macedonia and Greece, which will enhance cross-border exchanges in electricity and contribute to the development of the regional market.
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First High Security State Prison in BiH Opened with the EU Support

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26 July 2020: The first high security prison in Bosnia and Herzegovina, fully compliant with European Prison Rules was officially opened on Wednesday 22 July in Vojkovići, East Sarajevo. Throughout the construction process the European Union provided financial, political and technical support to ensure project completion and that the functioning and maintenance is in line with EU standards of modern correctional facilities. The project will significantly contribute to the efficient implementation of the judicial reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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EU Funded Technical Assistance Project for the Improvement of the Broadband Infrastructure Development in Montenegro

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12 July 2020: An EU-funded project aimed at improvement of the Montenegro’s regional broadband infrastructure was launched on 9 July 2020. The Study will be conducted to identify the exact needs, options, costs, and financing structure of the construction of next generation broadband networks. The project is in line with the strategy ’Connectivity for a Competitive Digital Single Market - Towards a European Gigabit Society’ adopted by the European Commission.
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EU Supports Additional Technical Assistance to Gas Transmission Network in Albania

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07 July 2020: The technical assistance 'Detailed Design and Tender documents' for the Fier – Vlora gas pipeline in Albania, funded through the WBIF by a €1.1 million EU grant, was launched 'virtually' on 23 June 2020 in Tirana.
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Launch of EU-supported Technical Assistance for Corridor X Rail Section between Serbia and North Macedonia

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23 June 2020: The EU-funded Technical Assistance for the WBIF project in Serbia, Rail Interconnection from Niš to Preševo at the border with North Macedonia, was launched on 22 June in Belgrade. The kick-off meeting was attended by the representatives of the European Union Delegation in Serbia, European Investment Bank, Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of Serbia and JSC Serbian Railways.
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New CONNECTA Website Online www.connecta-info.eu

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22 June 2020: CONNECTA has launched its website at www.connecta-info.eu. Besides information on the developments, events and results of CONNECTA’s numerous assignments, the website features a detailed guide on how to apply for CONNECTA’s assistance.
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Start of Works on the EU-supported Project Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor: Grid Section in Serbia (Kragujevac – Kraljevo)

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16 June 2020: In Kragujevac, the cornerstone was laid for the 400 kV transmission line Kragujevac - Kraljevo, investment worth €13.5 m, which will enable a more stable supply of this part of Serbia. This is the second section of the first phase of the Trans-Balkan Electricity Transmission Corridor, which will connect the markets of Eastern and Western Europe.
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New WBIF Publication: Annual Report 2019

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15 June 2020: The WBIF Annual Report 2019 is now available online. The report provides a comprehensive overview of 2019 developments - governance and policy, landmark projects, sector and beneficiary portfolios - and comes with a detailed project and grant directory, showcasing all past and current WBIF operations.
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Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) Steering Committee Virtual Meeting 09-10 June 2020

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11 June 2020: Over 150 participants from the Western Balkans beneficiaries, the European Commission, Financial Institutions (EIB, EIF, EBRD, CEB, KfW, WBG and AFD), Bilateral Donors from Member States and Norway, the Energy Community Secretariat (ECS), and the WB Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF) attended the two day sessions.
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Start of Works on the Bilateral Donors’ Supported Wastewater Treatment Plant Podgorica

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25 May 2020: Construction works started last week on the primary collector of the wastewater treatment plant in Podgorica, Montenegro. The event was attended among others by Dusko Markovic, Prime Minister of Montenegro, Aivo Orav, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Robert Weber, Ambassador of Germany and Zeljko Uljarevic, Head of KfW Office in Montenegro.
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Works Commence on the EU-supported Svilaj Border Crossing Facility from BiH to Croatia

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18 May 2020: Notwithstanding the numerous restrictions due to the Covid-19 crisis, the beneficiary (Indirect Taxation Authority) in Bosnia and Herzegovina succeeded to start the works for the construction of the state-of-the-art Svilaj border crossing on Corridor Vc.
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WBIF 29th Project Financiers' Meeting

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12 May 2020: The Western Balkans Investment Framework held its 29th Project Financiers’ Group Meeting (PFG) due to the COVID-19 situation, as a virtual meeting, on 12 May. Overall 120 participants from the European Commission, financial institutions (EIB, EBRD, CEB, KfW, WBG, AFD, EIF), Bilateral Donors, Western Balkans beneficiaries and the Energy Community Secretariat participated in this meeting.
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WBIF Secretariat Statement to COVID-19

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06 April 2020: Appreciation for all involved in healthcare, governments, public services and local communities who are on the front line fighting to contain the virus in the Western Balkans.
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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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