Improving connectivity within the Western Balkans, as well as between the Western Balkans and the European Union, constitutes a key factor for growth and jobs and will bring clear benefits for the region’s economies and citizens.
The Western Balkans have made the connectivity agenda one of their highest priorities, with a special emphasis on the preparation and financing of concrete regional infrastructure investment projects and on the implementation of technical standards and reform measures (e.g.: aligning/simplifying border crossing procedures, railway reforms, information systems, road safety and maintenance schemes, unbundling and third-party access).
In 2015, the European Commission set aside up to €1 billion in grants until 2020, from the EU Pre-Accession Instrument, to support the connectivity agenda. These grants will leverage €4 billion in investments and create more than 45,000 jobs.
Number of projects: 39
Investment value: €3.2 billion
Grant value: €880 million