About the WBIF
The WBIF focuses on key sectors of the Western Balkan economies including energy, environment, transport, social and private sector development. The Framework awards, based on competitive procedures, grants for infrastructure project preparation activities as well as for investments.
Calls for project preparation assistance are organised on a regular basis, usually twice a year, with deadlines in February and September. Projects must be nominated or endorsed by the National IPA Coordinator of the respective country and projects with regional impact take precedence when deciding among applications.
Applications are assessed by the WBIF Project Financiers’ Group who recommends selected applications for approval by the the Steering Committee. Approved grants are then implemented by the Infrastructure Project Facility teams or the IFIs themselves.
WBIF operations are based on the Consolidated Terms of Reference for the Joint Grant Facility.
WBIF Governance Structure
WBIF pools resources from various sources into a Joint Grant Facility, namely:
- Grant resources allocated from the EC Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA)
- Grant contributions from the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), as well as KfW and the World Bank
- Bilateral grant contributions from bilateral donors through the European Western Balkans Joint Fund (EWBJF).