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Bosnia and Herzegovina

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WBIF in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Estimated Project Value: €3.7 billion

WBIF Grants: €284.3 million, out of which €268.3 million from the EU and €16 million from other donors

Loans Signed: €1.6 billion

The WBIF has supported twenty-five projects with an overall estimated value of €3.7 billion across all eligible sectors. The WBIF has provided €284.3 million in grants, whereas the loans signed on WBIF project exeed €1.6 billion. The EU support channelled through the WBIF accounts for €268.3 million and covers both technical assistance and investment works.

The WBIF has helped prepare and implement key infrastructure projects in a variety of sectors, such as electricity distribution, wind power generation, flood protection and water resources conservation, water supply and wastewater collection and treatment throughout the country, healthcare and medical education facilities, social housing solutions for internally displaced people, prison facilities, road and railway links with countries in the region and the EU, inland ports. 

Achieved results 2009 - 2019 (selection):

  • 44 km of new motorways; 
  • Improved water/wastewater systems for 600,000 people; 
  • Flood forecasting and warning system for 3.3 million people living in the Sava River Basin; 
  • New prison in line with European standards for 350 detainees.

Expected results (selection):

  • 91 km of new motorways and 2 cross-border bridges; 
  • 57 km of railway lines rehabilitated; 
  • 19 km of electricity lines upgraded; 
  • 122 MW renewable power generation capacity; 
  • 162 km of gas pipelines; 
  • Improved water/wastewater systems for 1 million people and solid waste services for 150,000 people; 
  • More than 1.7 million people protected from floods; 
  • Healthcare research and treatment facilities for 1.4 million people; 
  • Social housing solutions for at least 7,200 internally displaced people.

Out of the twenty-five projects supported, six have been completed, eleven are being implemented, one is tendering for works to start construction, and seven are at various stages of preparation. In addition, Bosnia and Herzegovina has benefited from regional projects and initiatives funded by the WBIF, such as the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme for the Western Balkans (REEP and REEP Plus) and the Western Balkan Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF).

For more details on specific WBIF operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina please visit our Projects page.

2015 Connectivity Project

Mediterranean Corridor (CVc): Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia Road Interconnection, Svilaj – Odzak Motorway Section and Svilaj Bridge, (c) JP Autoputevi Republike Srpske. Construction of 10.7 km of motorway, cross-border bridge over the Sava River at Svilaj and border crossing facilities. 

€109.5 million investment value

€25.09 million EU grant investment grant

€45.0 million EIB loan

€21.96 million EBRD loan

For more details, please see the Project Summary (last updated March 2017). 

The Country at a Glance

Population: 3.5 million

GDP: €16.1 billion

GDP per capita Index: 32

Public Debt: 39% GDP

Potential EU Candidate: Application to Join the EU submitted in February 2016.


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