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Start of the EU-funded Technical Assistance for Water Supply Improvement and Water Resources Protection in Kosovo

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11 October 2021: An EU-funded project “Water Supply Improvement and Water Resources Protection for Gjakova Regional Water Company” was launched on 15 September 2021 in Gjakova, Kosovo. The Kick-off Meeting was attended by the representatives of main stakeholders, including the Regional Water Company, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Diaspora and Ministry of Finance of Kosovo, as well as representatives of the WBIF, the European Investment Bank, and Infrastructure Project Facility 8 (IPF8) that will implement the project.
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EU-Western Balkans Meet in Summit at Brdo pri Kranju

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06 October 2021: Leaders from the EU member states met the six Western Balkans partners at the Brdo pri Kranju summit on 6 October 2021. Hosted by the Slovenian presidency, the EU leaders agreed on the Brdo declaration, with which the Western Balkans partners – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia, have aligned themselves.
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Von der Leyen Opens Svilaj Bridge Between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia

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02 October 2021: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen opened the Svilaj bridge connecting the Bosnian with Croatian shore of the River Sava on Thursday 30 September, in the presence of the Head of the EU Delegation and Special Representative Johann Sattler, Member of the European Parliament Željana Zovko, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Tegeltija.
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President von der Leyen Wraps up Western Balkans Visit

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02 October 2021: Ahead of the EU-Western Balkans Summit on 6 October, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, visited last week Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Green Energy Financing Facility (GEFF) Award Ceremony for the Western Balkans

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27 September 2021: An online presentation of the GEFF Programme results and the announcement of further investments in the green economy’s housing sector will be held today at 11:00, via the Balkan Green Energy News portal. The GEFF Awards Ceremony aims to present the results of the Western Balkans GEFF (Green Economy Financing Facility) Programme, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) credit line that provides funds for investments in the green economy’s housing sector.
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European Union Supports Modernisation of Freight Railway Transport in Serbia

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22 September 2021: A new EU funded technical assistance project worth €800,000 has been recently launched in Serbia to support the reconstruction of the existing and construction of the second track on the Ostružnica - Batajnica section of the Belgrade Marshalling Yard. The Technical Assistance assignment, including the preparation of Feasibility Study, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Preliminary Design, aims at the modernisation and sustainable development of the Serbian railway transport system, in order to meet the required EU capacity levels and quality standards relevant to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
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European Union Allocates Additional Grant for Flood Risk Management in Serbia

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19 September 2021: A new EU funded project worth €1.3 million was launched recently to support the preparation of Flood Risk Management Plans and Strategic Environmental Assessments for the four river basins - Zapadna, Južna and Velika Morava and Kolubara. The Technical Assistance assignment is being carried out in support of the Central Serbia Flood Risk Management Project which will contribute significantly to the management of flood risk, in accordance with the European Floods Directive, and to the reduction in damage caused by flooding.
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First Western Balkans Rail Summit “The Future is on Tracks”

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14 September 2021: Building a modern, digitalised rail network, with direct express train connections between major cities in the region will help establish better connectivity and provide safer and environmentally sustainable mode of transport for people and businesses in the Western Balkans. This was recognised as key priority of the Dedication to Rail, signed on Monday 13 September by ministers in charge of transport in the region at the 1st Western Balkans Rail Summit, held in Belgrade. The event was organised by the EU’s Permanent Secretariat of Transport Community, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), under the auspices of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of Serbia.
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Additional Support to the Improvement of Water and Sanitation Services in Republika Srpska

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12 September 2021: On Friday, the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a €1.2 million cooperation agreement with Republika Srpska to support water and sanitation services. Through the water sector rehabilitation programme, the funds will ensure the effective execution of activities and a rapid preparation of the investment projects, with expert technical assistance services. The project aims to upgrade the quality of the water and waste water services, provide it to unconnected households and improve living conditions for over 216,000 people.
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Construction Starts on Electricity Interconnector Between Albania and North Macedonia

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28 August 2021: Work has started on the construction of a new power substation in Ohrid, a key component of the first electricity interconnector between Albania and North Macedonia, which will range from Bitola in North Macedonia to Elbasan in Albania. The project, financed by the European Union (EU) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is part of the EU’s initiative to establish an East-West electricity transmission corridor between Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Italy. The start of construction works was marked on Sunday in Ohrid in the presence of the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, Albania's Deputy Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Ilir Bejta, as well as representatives of the EBRD and EU.
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Berlin Summit 2021: Western Balkans Strengthen Regional Cooperation and Foster Closer Ties with the EU

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05 July 2021: On Wednesday, President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, participated in the Western Balkans Summit in the context of the so-called 'Berlin Process'. The summit brought together for the eight time Heads of State or Government from the Western Balkans and their counterparts from nine EU Member States, high-level EU representatives and the United Kingdom, to advance on their regional cooperation and European integration agenda. The virtual meeting was hosted by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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Grand Finale of PowerUP, the Western Balkan Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

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04 July 2021: The final event of the PowerUP programme which supports innovative SMEs and startup companies from the Western Balkans took place on 29 June 2021. Eleven finalist companies had the opportunity to pitch their businesses in the best light in front of eminent investors from the region. The project, launched by the World Bank in November 2020, and funded by the European Union under the Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF), was implemented with the support of consulting company Deloitte.
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Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) Informal Meeting 24 June 2021

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24 June 2021: The Western Balkans Investment Framework held an informal meeting on 24 June. The meeting was co-chaired by Katarína Mathernová, Deputy Director-General, EC-DG NEAR and WBIF Bilateral Donors' representative Harald Waiglein, Director General for Economic Policy, Financial Markets & Customs Duties, Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria.
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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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