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Bosnia and Herzegovina

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WBIF in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Estimated Project Value: €3.3 billion

WBIF Grants: €180.1 million, out of which €168.3 million from the EU and €11.8 million from other donors

Loans Signed: €1.3 billion

The WBIF has supported 25 projects with an overall estimated value of €3.3 billion across eligible sectors. Grant support from the WBIF totals €180.1 million, whereas signed loans exceed €1.3 billion. The EU support channelled through the WBIF accounts for €168.3 million and covers both technical assistance and investment works.

The WBIF has helped prepare and implement key infrastructure projects in a variety of sectors, such as electricity distribution, hydropower generation, healthcare, prison, sports and cultural facilities, social housing, road and rail transport routes, flood protection and water and wastewater systems throughout the country.

Achieved results (selection):

  • Water/wastewater systems for 500,000 people;
  • More than 500,000 people protected from floods;
  • New prison facility in line with European standards for 350 detainees.

Expected results (selection):

  • 100 km of new high-speed roads and 57 km of railway lines rehabilitated;
  • 120 MW in electricity generation capacity from renewables;
  • Water/wastewater systems for 1.2 million people and improved solid waste services for 150,000 people;
  • More than 1.7 million people protected from floods and flood forecasting and warning system for 3.3 million people living in the Sava River Basin;
  • Healthcare research and treatment facilities for 1.4 million people;
  • Social housing solutions for at least 7,200 internally displaced people.

Out of the twenty-five projects supported, four have been completed, twelve are being implemented, and nine are at various stages of preparation. In addition, Bosnia and Herzegovina has benefited from regional projects and initiatives funded by the WBIF, such as the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme for the Western Balkans (REEP and REEP Plus) and the Western Balkan Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF).

For more details on specific WBIF operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina please visit our Projects page.

2015 Connectivity Project

Mediterranean Corridor (CVc): Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia Road Interconnection, Svilaj – Odzak Motorway Section and Svilaj Bridge, (c) JP Autoputevi Republike Srpske. Construction of 10.7 km of motorway, cross-border bridge over the Sava at Svilaj and border crossing facilities. 

€109.5 million investment value

€25.09 million EU grant for construction works

€45.0 million EIB loan

€21.96 million EBRD loan

For more details, please see the Project Summary (last updated March 2017). 

The Country at a Glance

Population: 3.5 million

GDP: €16.1 billion

GDP per capita Index: 32

Public Debt: 39% GDP

Potential EU Candidate: Application to Join the EU submitted in February 2016.


Bosnia Herzegovina and the WBIF


EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina

AFD in the Western Balkans

CEB in Bosnia and Herzegovina

EBRD in Bosnia and Herzegovina

EIB in Bosnia and Herzegovina

KfW in Bosnia and Herzegovina

World Bank in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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