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    The EIB has been active in the Western Balkans since 1977, while the first operation in Kosovo* was signed in 2007.  

    In June 2013, we signed a Framework Agreement with Kosovo to finance priority projects, particularly in the areas of the environment, transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructure, all vital for the country’s development.

    Our involvement facilitates the co-financing of projects with other donors and support the implementation of the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) and the Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WBEDIF).

    We helped to develop the country’s strategic connections with its neighbouring countries. One key example is the construction of the new 30 km single carriageway motorway on Route 6b between Peja and Kijeve, which is part of the South-East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO) Route 6b, linking Pristina to the border with Montenegro. Alongside the EIB €80 million financing, which is the largest loan ever signed by Kosovo with an International Financial Institution, an €3.2m grant under WBIF complemented by a €1m grant under the EIB’s Economic Resilience Initiative (ERI), has supported the preparation and the implementation of the project.

    We also financed the modernisation of national railways to integrate it into the Orient/East-Mediterranean Core Network Corridor, linking the Western Balkans to Austria, Greece and Bulgaria, which is part of the Trans-European Transport network (TEN-T). Besides promoting connectivity in the region and with the EU, the project helps to improve passengers’ experience, freight capacity and to reduce CO2 emissions, thus bringing benefits to the environment and, ultimately, people’s lives.

    This designation is without prejudice to the positions expressed by the EU Member States on Kosovo’s status and is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 1244/1999 and the International Court of Justice Opinion of 22 July 2010 on Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

    At a glance

    The EIB provides finance and expertise for sound and sustainable investment projects in Kosovo.

    EIB activity in Kosovo by sector

    (since start of operations)

    EIB stories in Kosovo

    Individual stories speak louder than figures and charts. Discover how our work improves the quality of life in Kosovo and beyond

    Get EIB support in Kosovo

    We can provide you with various type of financing to implement projects that promote growth and jobs in your country. We support small businessesinnovationclimate and infrastructure. Get an overview here for the whole EIB Group product range

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