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EU-funded Technical Assistance for the Rehabilitation of the Durres – Rrogozhina Railway Section in Albania

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21 October 2021: The development of railways in Western Balkan countries takes an important part in of European Union’s Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, as it does for all countries in European Union. Indeed the first three Flagships of this Plan have important railway components. Therefore, the European Union finances the project “Rehabilitation of the Durres – Rrogozhina Railway Section in Albania” with a budget of €1.7 million which will meet European standards, increase train speed, and improve travel safety particularly at level crossings. Flagship 3 (Railway line Podgorica – Tirana) is linked in Durres to this railway section.
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Grant Agreements for Consulting Services on the Railway Corridor VIII in North Macedonia

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19 October 2021: The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia signed the Grant Agreement for consulting services, as well as the Agreement for Supervising Engineer for the upcoming construction works on the eastern part of the railway Corridor VIII, phase 1, which refers to the section Kumanovo - Beljakovce and phase 2 which covers the section Beljakovce - Kriva Palanka.
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EU Support to the Deployment of Next Generation Networks in Montenegro

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18 October 2021: he European Union funds the development of broadband infrastructure in Montenegro with technical assistance grant of €550,000, which shall improve the coverage of the territory with infrastructure for fixed internet. As part of the project, which began in July last year, an assessment of the existing situation in Montenegro and the plans of the telecom operators to deploy infrastructure in next three years were investigated.
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Cross-border Bridge on the River Sava at Gradiška Officially Connected

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17 October 2021: Steel construction works on the cross-border bridge at Gradiška on the Sava river, one of the most important regional infrastructure projects, connecting Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, were finalised on Friday. The European Union is co-funding the building of this vital bridge with €3.2 million in grants. The bridge is one of the most important projects on the Sava River and will enable an essential transport connection between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, as well as the rest of Europe. The ceremony was attended by Stefano Ellero, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vojin Mitrović, Minister of Transport of BiH, Tomislav Mihotić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Croatia and Matej Zakonjšek, Director of the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat.
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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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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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