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WBIF in Montenegro

Estimated Project Value: €1.7 billion 

WBIF Grants: €172.9 million, out of which €148.5 from the EU and €24.4 million from other donors

Loans Signed: €227 million

The WBIF has supported eighteen projects with an overall estimated value of €1.7 billion across all eligible sectors. The WBIF has provided €172.9 million in grants, whereas the loans signed on WBIF projects have reached €227 million. The EU support channelled through the WBIF accounts for €148.5 million and covers both technical assistance and investment works.

The WBIF has helped prepare and implement essential infrastructure across all eligible sectors, such as water and wastewater systems throughout the country, regional solid waste schemes, flood protection measures, district heating, gas and electricity transmission networks. Moreover, the WBIF has contributed to the development of essential road and rail transport routes, which will ensure the country's connections with the other countries in the region and the EU, and to the preparation of broadband investments.

Achieved results 2009 - 2019 (selection):

  • Improved wastewater systems for 70,000 people; 
  • Better solid waste services for more than 180,000 people; 
  • Flood forecasting and warning system for 190,000 people living in the Sava River Basin.

Expected results (selection):

  • 100 km of new motorways; 
  • 142 km of railway lines rehabilitated; 
  • 180 km of electricity transmission lines upgraded; 
  • 95 km of gas pipelines; 
  • Improved water/wastewater systems for 400,000 people; 
  • Better solid waste services for more than 100,000 people; 
  • 48,700 people with access to next generation networks in 'white' areas; 
  • New prison facility in line with European standards for 200 detainees.

Out of the eighteen projects supported, three have been completed, four are being implemented, one is tendering for works to start construction, and ten are at various stages of preparation. In addition, Montenegro 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 (EDIF).

For more details on the current status of the WBIF operations in Montenegro, please visit our Projects page.

2015 Connectivity Project

Orient/East-Med Corridor: Montenegro – Serbia R4 Rail Interconnection, Bar – Vrbnica Section, (c) EU. With this investment project, signalling systems on approximately 9 km of railway line have been replaced in Podgorica, and 29 concrete bridges and 20 tunnels on the Vrbnica – Bar section are being rehabilitated.

€44.8 million investment value

€20 million EU grant

€20 million EIB loan 

For more details, please see the Project Summary (last updated February 2018).

The Country at a Glance

Population: 0.6 million

GDP: €4.2 billion

GDP per capita Index: 46

Public Debt: 67.2% GDP

EU Candidate: December 2010


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