The WBIF in Kosovo
Estimated Project Value: €940 million
WBIF Grants: €111.2 million, out of which €100.2 million from the EU and €11.0 million from other donors
Loans Signed: €232 million
The WBIF has helped prepare and implement essential infrastructure developments. It has helped plan and build water and wastewater systems throughout the country ensuring continuous access to basic municipal services to its citizens. The WBIF has assisted the rehabilitation of the district heating system in Pristina, and the implementation of energy efficiency measures in public buildings throughout the country. Better education and healthcare facilities have been planned for and are currently being developed. Moreover, the WBIF has contributed to the development of essential road and rail transport routes, which would ensure the country's connections with the other Western Balkan countries and the EU.
Achieved results (selection):
- 32 public buildings retrofitted energetically and more than 100 MWh in energy savings;
- District heating system rehabilitated in Pristina for 13,500 customers;
- Improved water supply services for 500,000 people.
Expected results (selection):
- 55 km of new highspeed roads and 190 km of railway lines rehabilitated;
- 55 buildings retrofitted energetically and more than 780 MWh in energy savings;
- Water/wastewater systems for more than 600,000 people;
- More than 120,000 people protected from floods;
- 14 secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities upgraded to state-of-the-art equipment.
Out of twenty projects supported, five have been completed, three are being implemented, one is tendering for works to start construction, while eleven are at various stages of preparation.
In addition, Kosovo 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 (EDIF).
For more details on the current status of the WBIF operations in Kosovo, please visit our Projects page.
2016 Connectivity Project
Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje Railway Station. (c) Infrakos
Orient/East-Med Corridor: North Macedonia – Kosovo – Serbia R10 Rail Interconnection. 35 km of railway track and 5 railway stations upgraded to modern, TEN-T standards, on the Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje to Mitrovicë/Mitrovica R10 route.
- €42.4 million investment value
- €17.6 million EU grant
- €8.6 million EBRD loan
- €9.2 million EIB loan
For more details, please see the Project Summary Sheet (last updated November 2018).
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
The Country at a Glance
Population: 1.8 million
GDP: €6.3 billion
GDP per capita Index: 28
Public Debt: 21% GDP
Potential EU candidate: The Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Kosovo entered into force in April 2016.