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The WBIF in North Macedonia

Estimated Project Value: €2.1 billion


WBIF Grants: €186.2 million, out of which €164.6 million from the EU and €21.6 million from other donors


Loans Signed: €591 million


The WBIF has supported 24 projects with an overall estimated value of €2.1 billion across all eligible sectors. The WBIF has provided €186.2 million in grants, whereas the loans signed on WBIF projects have reached €591 million. The EU support channelled through the WBIF accounts for €164.6 million and covers both technical assistance and investment works.

The WBIF has helped prepare and implement essential infrastructure across all eligible sectors. It has successfully piloted the first renewables scheme in the country as well as planned to improve the capacities of the electricity distribution network. Better schools, healthcare and prison facilities, water and waste water systems have been prepared and built. Moreover, the WBIF has contributed to the development of essential road and rail transport routes, which will ensure the country’s connections within the region and with the EU, and to the preparation of investments in broadband connectivity. 

The WBIF will support North Macedonia in implementing key objectives of the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans by 2024, including:

  • Flagship 1 – Connecting East to West: The Rail Corridor VIII between Skopje and the Bulgarian border will be substantially advanced.
  • Flagship 4 – Renewable energy: Wind and solar power plants will be substantially advanced and serve as an example for future proof investments making use of the renewable energy potential of the region.
  • Flagship 5 – Transition from coal: The North Macedonia – Kosovo* Gas Interconnection, extending the already ongoing investment of the North Macedonia – Greece interconnector, will start construction. The North Macedonia – Serbia Gas Interconnection will be prepared for construction.
  • Flagship 7 – Waste and waste water management: The construction of the waste water treatment plant in Skopje will be completed. Integrated regional waste management systems, going hand-in-hand with the closure of non-compliant landfills, will be established.
  • Flagship 8 – Digital infrastructure: The development and roll-out of national broadband infrastructure will continue – with the completion of the most advanced investment projects by 2024.

Results:

  • 56 km of motorways
  • 191 km of railway lines rehabilitated and one joint border railway station
  • 238 km of transmission lines upgraded
  • 520 MW renewable power generation capacity
  • Better schools for 134,200 students
  • Healthcare research and treatment facilities for 2 million people

Out of the 24 projects supported, 10 are being implemented and 14 are at various stages of preparation. In addition, North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia, please visit our Projects page.

2018 Connectivity Project

Orient/East-Med Corridor: North Macedonia – Albania CVIII Road Interconnection, Bukojcani – Kicevo Subsection, (c) EU. 12.9 km-long motorway built according to modern safety standards.

€105.1 million investment value

€20.2 million EU grant for construction works

€79.2 million EBRD loan

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

* 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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