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WB EDIF: Building the Future of SMEs in the Western Balkans

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10 October 2019: Since its foundation in 2012, the Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF) supported 4,000 SMEs and created 78,000 jobs in the Western Balkans.
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WBIF-Funded Technical Assistance Supports the Management and Rehabilitation of Inmates in North Macedonia’s Penitentiary Institutions

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29 September 2019: The completion of the institutional component of the Technical Assistance grant to improve penitentiary facilities in North Macedonia was marked by an event taking place on 25 September 2019.
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A €40 Million Investment Grant Agreement Signed for the First Section of the 2018 Connectivity Project the “Peace Highway” Connecting Serbia and Kosovo*

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17 September 2019: The grant agreement for Serbia under the 2018 Connectivity Agenda investment package was signed on 12 September by representatives of the European Union, Serbia, and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
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€15 Million Connectivity Agenda Grant Agreement Signed for Johovac - Rudanka Motorway Section in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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01 August 2019: A €15 million EU grant agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina under the 2017 Connectivity Agenda investment package was signed today by representatives of the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
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22nd Call for Technical Assistance and 5th Call for Investment Grants Now Open

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29 July 2019: In accordance with the conclusions of the 20th Meeting of the WBIF Steering Committee, beneficiaries may submit applications for technical assistance by 6 September 2019 and for investment grants by 29 November 2019.
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North Macedonia Plugs into a Greener Future through Wind Power

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09 July 2019: The WBIF has successfully piloted the first renewables scheme in North Macedonia. The first phase of the wind park was completed in 2014 and currently generates 100 GWh per year, providing renewable energy for more than 16,000 households in the Bogdanci region.
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€180 Million EU Grant under the Fifth Connectivity Agenda Package

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05 July 2019: The fifth Connectivity Agenda package is introduced today to EU and Western Balkans participants at the Summit in Poznań. €180 million in EU grants will support six transport and two energy infrastructure projects. This brings the total EU commitments under this initiative to 88% of the €1 billion pledged in 2014, while total investments leveraged reach €3.2 billion.
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High-level EU Visit to the 2017 Connectivity Project for Johovac – Rudanka Motorway Section in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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03 July 2019: Ahead of the Western Balkans Summit in Poznan, the Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH, Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark visited the newly opened construction site for the Johovac Interchange – Rudanka Interchange motorway section on the Mediterranean Corridor (Corridor Vc) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Ground-breaking Event for the 2015 Connectivity Project in Kosovo*

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02 July 2019: On 2 July 2019, the EU Office in Kosovo in cooperation with the Public Company 'Infrakos' organised a ground-breaking event for the construction of the WBIF supported Connectivity Agenda project ‘Railway Route 10: Section Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje – Border with North Macedonia’. Railway Route 10 is part of the Indicative Extension to the Western Balkans of the TEN-T Orient/East-Med Corridor.
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New WBIF Publication: 2018 Annual Report

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27 June 2019: The 2018 WBIF Annual Report is now available online, on our website, as well as in print. It provides a comprehensive overview of 2018 developments - governance and policy, landmark projects, sector and beneficiary portfolios, etc., and comes with a detailed project and grant directory, showcasing all past and current WBIF operations.
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Welcome to Western Balkans Investment Framework!

The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) is a regional blending facility supporting EU enlargement and socio-economic development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The WBIF was established in 2009 as a joint initiative of the European Commission, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, and several bilateral donors . The World Bank Group, the KfW Development Bank and the AFD (Agence Française de Développement) subsequently joined the Framework. In December 2018, the AFD became a participating organisation in the WBIF.

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*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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