Start of the EU-supported Technical Assistance for Banja Luka Medical Education Facilities in Banja Luka
The WBIF Technical Assistance (TA) for ‘Banja Luka Medical Faculty, Centre for Education and Research, Faculty of Health Care and Secondary Medical School: Feasibility Study, EIA, Preliminary Design, Detailed Design for Infrastructure and Utility Networks, Auxiliary Facilities’ was launched on 16 December 2020. The virtual kick-off meeting was attended by the representatives of the European Union Delegation to BiH (EUD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Republika Srpska (RS), University Clinical Centre of RS, City of Banja Luka, The National IPA Coordinator Office (NIPAC), the WBIF Representative and IPF8 experts.
Technical Assistance will be provided to the beneficiary for Update of the Feasibility Study, Environmental Impact Assessment in line with RS legislation, Preliminary and Detailed Design, Procurement strategy and Tender Documents for procurement of construction works for roads and outdoor infrastructure utilities in the area outside of the building parcels of Medical campus and the connecting public road, including water supply, sewerage, electricity, telecommunications, and central heating.
The TA project, the value of which is estimated at €330,000 will be implemented by IPF8 Consortium with the EIB as the lead International Financing Institution. Since 2011, through the WBIF over €2 million in grants was provided to the Technical Assistance project, with a total investment value of €47.5 million.
Complementing the EU grants, the EIB provided €21 million in loans and the Beneficiary contributed with €24.5 million. EIB is planned to approve the loan in Q1 2021 and thereafter, the procurement procedure for works will start. Supervision of the works will be provided by the Directorate for Reconstruction and Development in Republika Srpska. Start of works is planned for the second half 2021.
This project will have a positive impact on the present and future students, researchers, teaching and non-teaching staff of the Medical Campus and the University Clinical Centre of Republika Srpska, providers and recipients of a higher quality medical services, including patients, healthcare professionals and indirectly the entire population of Republika Srpska. It will also contribute significantly to the quality of life for citizens of Banja Luka by developing new public road access to the existing and future facilities at Paprikovac location.
Milenko Dulić, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare: 'The Medical Campus Construction and Equipping Project is of extreme importance for Republika Srpska. The implementation of the project is divided in several phases. Some of the activities are financed through the WBIF grant funds, while the construction and equipping are to be financed from a loan from the European Investment Bank.’
Sabina Dizdarević, NIPAC Office Bosnia and Herzegovina: 'The reconstruction and equipping of the Medical Campus of Republika Srpska is among the biggest social sector projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, very important at this time when appropriate health care facilities are needed. It has been supported through several Western Balkans Investment Framework technical assistance grants since its initial phase. This one will help to further increase the maturity of the project, so it is very much appreciated.’
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