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Continued EU-Support for Expansion of Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor in Serbia

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24 February 2021: Last week, loan agreement for the WBIF project 'Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor: Obrenovac – Bajina Bašta Grid Section in Serbia' was signed by Minister of Mining and Energy Zorana Mihajlović, European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimović, Director of Serbian Transmission System Operator (EMS) Jelena Matejić, and the Head of the KfW Bank Office in Serbia, Rüdiger Hartmann. The German Ambassador to Belgrade, Thomas Schieb, also attended the event.
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EU and KfW Support Rehabilitation of Serbia's Largest Hospital

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18 February 2021: Serbia’s largest tertiary care facility is getting a complete overhaul to meet current energy efficiency, health and safety standards. The planned renovation – supported by an EU grant and a KfW loan – will make hospital operations run more smoothly, save energy and water, and thus lower the maintenance costs in the long run. In addition, the working environment for the medical staff will be improved, as well as the overall comfort for patients.
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EU and EBRD Support Rehabilitation of Tirana - Durres Railway in Albania

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03 February 2021: The first large-scale overhaul of the railway network in Albania is ready to start with the signing of a contract for rehabilitation works between the state railways and the Italian company INC Spa. This project is supported by the European Union (EU) with an investment grant of €35.5 million under its 'Connectivity Agenda for the Western Balkans' and by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with a €36.9 million loan. Additional €2.75 million in grants from bilateral donors have been secured through the Western Balkans Investment Framework.
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WBIF and EBRD Support Serbia to Expand Broadband to Rural Areas

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26 January 2021: Rural areas in Serbia with around 90,000 households and 600 schools and public institutions will gain access to fast broadband thanks to a government digitalisation project supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and bilateral donors under the framework of the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF).
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Launch of EU-supported Technical Assistance for Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Detailed Design for Prenj Tunnel - Mostar North Section

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21 January 2021: An EU-funded Technical Assistance for the development of the Detailed Design for 13 km of motorway between Prenj Tunnel and Mostar North Intercharge on Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was launched on 14 January 2021 in Sarajevo. The virtual kick-off meeting was attended by the representatives of the Autoceste FBiH, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), EC DG NEAR, EU Delegation Office in Sarajevo, National IPA Coordinator (NIPAC), WBIF Country Representative and IPF8 experts.
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Completion of the EU-funded Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment for the River Basins in Kosovo*

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25 January 2021: The recently completed EU-funded Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment for the River Basins in Kosovo will initiate a wider programme for rehabilitation and construction of flood protection infrastructure in the entire Kosovo, supported by the European Union and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The programme will focus on the investment needs and aim for a sustainable flood management.
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25th Call for Technical Assistance and 6th Call for Investment Grants Now Open

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13 January 2021: TA Round 25 and INV Round 06 calls for technical assistance and investment grants are open. Beneficiaries are invited to submit applications for technical assistance and investment grants by 26 February 2021.
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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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