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WBIF 30th Project Financiers' Group Meeting, Western Balkans Summit in Sofia

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12 November 2020: The Western Balkans Investment Framework held its 30th Project Financiers’ Group Meeting (PFG) virtually, on 10 and 11 November 2020. Over 100 participants from the European Commission, Financial Institutions (EIB, EBRD, CEB, KfW, WBG, AFD, EIF), Bilateral Donors, Western Balkans beneficiaries and the Energy Community Secretariat participated. The meeting was co-chaired by DG NEAR’s Head of Unit Mr. Colin Wolfe and by CEB, Country manager for Western Balkans Mr. Vitomir Miles Raguz.
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EU-Funded Technical Assistance for Two Functional Waste Areas in Albania

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20 September 2020: The virtual kick-off meeting for two WBIF projects in Albania was held on 16 September. The objective of the projects is to develop the environmental infrastructure in the waste sector in eight municipalities around Elbasan and six in the Fier area.
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EU-Funded Feasibility Study for Regional Broadband Infrastructure Development in Albania

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03 August 2020: The EU-funded technical assistance project to identify the needs, options, and financing structure of the construction of next generation broadband networks in Albania, was completed in July 2020. As a result, the Feasibility Study and Cost-Benefit Analysis have been developed for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy in the scope of the Government’s National Broadband plan 2013-2020.
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Another EU-Grant for Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina Signed

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02 August 2020: A €11.8m grant agreement to finance the construction of the 6.9 km-long Tarčin-Ivan section of the pan-European Corridor Vc was signed on Thursday 30 July, between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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WBIF Publications Online: Factsheets in Local Languages and WBIF Annual Report 2019

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30 July 2020: The following WBIF factsheets are now updated and available in all local languages - WBIF at a Glance, Bilateral Donor Factsheet, Sector Factsheets. They can be found and downloaded from the WBIF Library/Factsheets. In addition, the WBIF Annual Report 2019 has been uploaded to the Library. Printed versions are in production and will be disseminated soon.
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Works Commence on the 2015 Connectivity Agenda Project North Macedonia – Albania Power Interconnection

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29 July 2020: On 29 July the works commenced on the Connectivity Agenda 2015 project ’North Macedonia – Albania Power Interconnection: Grid Section in North Macedonia (Bitola – Ohrid – Border with Albania)’. By providing the first interconnection between the two countries, this project completes the 400 kV electricity ring between Albania, North Macedonia and Greece, which will enhance cross-border exchanges in electricity and contribute to the development of the regional market.
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First High Security State Prison in BiH Opened with the EU Support

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26 July 2020: The first high security prison in Bosnia and Herzegovina, fully compliant with European Prison Rules was officially opened on Wednesday 22 July in Vojkovići, East Sarajevo. Throughout the construction process the European Union provided financial, political and technical support to ensure project completion and that the functioning and maintenance is in line with EU standards of modern correctional facilities. The project will significantly contribute to the efficient implementation of the judicial reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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EU Funded Technical Assistance Project for the Improvement of the Broadband Infrastructure Development in Montenegro

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12 July 2020: An EU-funded project aimed at improvement of the Montenegro’s regional broadband infrastructure was launched on 9 July 2020. The Study will be conducted to identify the exact needs, options, costs, and financing structure of the construction of next generation broadband networks. The project is in line with the strategy ’Connectivity for a Competitive Digital Single Market - Towards a European Gigabit Society’ adopted by the European Commission.
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New CONNECTA Website Online www.connecta-info.eu

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22 June 2020: CONNECTA has launched its website at www.connecta-info.eu. Besides information on the developments, events and results of CONNECTA’s numerous assignments, the website features a detailed guide on how to apply for CONNECTA’s assistance.
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New WBIF Publication: Annual Report 2019

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15 June 2020: The WBIF Annual Report 2019 is now available online. The report provides a comprehensive overview of 2019 developments - governance and policy, landmark projects, sector and beneficiary portfolios - and comes with a detailed project and grant directory, showcasing all past and current WBIF operations.
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WBIF Secretariat Statement to COVID-19

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06 April 2020: Appreciation for all involved in healthcare, governments, public services and local communities who are on the front line fighting to contain the virus in the Western Balkans.
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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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