|Beneficiary Contribution||Own Contribution||€ 6,000,000|
|CEB grant||Other Sources||€ 1,000,000|
|Total Grants||€ 1,000,000|
|Total Loans||€ 28,700,000|
The Albanian Alps area is located in the northern part of Albania and borders Montenegro to the west. It consists of ten rural communes with a population of around 35,000. The absence of diversified economic activities, high unemployment rate, and the poor state of infrastructure in the area (road networks, water supply, and wastewater collection and treatment, health provision, education facilities, and flood protection) represent major obstacles in the way of development and are causing increasing depopulation.
The Government of Albania has recognized the need to invest in the improvement of basic municipal infrastructure and services in the Alps in order to improve the living conditions of the residential population and contribute to economic growth, particularly by capitalizing on the region's tourist potential.
Selective road reconstruction activities have already begun (under the Feeder Roads programme) but furthermore is in need of being planned for and implemented. For the purpose of the former, the WBIF has allocated a €3 million grant to the development of:
Grant activities started in June 2016 and are due for completion by the end of 2017.
In addition to the loan, the CEB may be able to provide an interest rate subsidy of up to EUR 1 million to add to the financial sustainability of the project.