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coordination tools for investment

Coordination «Tools » for Investment

M O’Mahony, IFI Coordination Office

Regional Cooperation Council

Western Balkans and Europe 2020 - Towards Convergence and Growth

31 March 2011

content of presentation
Content of Presentation
  • Western Balkan Investment Framework
  • Support to EC and IFI Coordination in the Western Balkans and Turkey
  • WBIF Website
  • Database of Investment Flows


  • Combine/Leverage grants and loans to improve project financing
  • Coordinate donor support in the Western Balkans: a single entry point for projects to improve coherence, synergy, efficiency and visibility
  • Support EU Accession process and regional and national policies and strategies


  • Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) , FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
  • European Commission
  • Bilateral financial institutions e.g. KfW and bilateral donors
  • World Bank and RCC (observers)


  • European Council called in 2008 for a wider cooperation framework
  • Negotiations between EC, EIB, EBRD, CEB
  • Built upon the EC-financed Infrastructure Project Facility & Municipal Window
  • Terms of Reference approved officially by EU MS on the 8-12-2009


  • To date: Energy, Environment, Transport and Social Infrastructure
  • Now eligible: Private Sector Development and Energy Efficiency


  • Project Financiers Group
  • Steering Committee

WBIF Project Selection Process

Single Entry point

Project Identification, Programming, Screening




Single strategic orientation

Strategy definition,

Operations approval,

Supervision of action




wbif key facts
WBIF Key Facts
  • Projects must be submitted by/or endorsed by National IPA Coordinators
  • A financing institution must have demonstrated interest in the project
  • Projects that contribute to implementation of a regional policy/strategy are a priority
  • Recommendation from regional initiative (e.g. Energy Community Secretariat, SEETO, RENA etc) further enhances approval potential
  • Grant funding from EC, IFIs and bilateral donors being replenished
  • Further info
support to ec ifi coordination
Support to EC & IFI Coordination

Overall Objective

  • Ensure co-ordination between the EC and IFIs at policy, technical and operational level in the area of socio-economic development of the beneficiaries

Specific Objectives

  • Improved coordination of information exchange, advice and policy actions focusing on horizontal and sectoral issues
  • Improved coordination of investment support to beneficiaries
  • Increased involvement of beneficiaries in the IFI and donor coordination process
  • Improved public awareness
ec ifi coordination sample activities
EC & IFI Coordination – Sample Activities

Horizontal Activities (Reports)

  • Impact of Austerity Measures on the Investment Programmes of the Western Balkan Countries
  • Synopsis of Views on the Need for a New Growth Model in the Western Balkans

Sector Based Activities

  • Review of Financial Support Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Western Balkans
  • Organisation of Joint SEETO/IFI review of priority transport projects in the Western Balkans
  • Review of Investments in Water and Waste Water Sector in the Western Balkans
  • Socio-Economic Working Group Meeting (EC, IFIs, RCC)
communication tools
Communication Tools

WBIF Website

  • Portal for activities involving EC, IFI and donors in the Western Balkans
  • Particular focus on the WBIF (background, key documents, up date on project pipeline
  • Strategy and Policy Section for each sector
  • Links to all stakeholders
  • Investment Flows Database
  • Major revision of original stocktaking database
  • Relational database has been constructed to allow more flexibility and analysis
  • Records actual investment flows (i.e. loans signed, grants approved)
  • Covers the main WBIF sectors and includes TA projects
  • Report and analysis features
  • Available on –line by end April