Western Balkans Investment Framework
The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) is a joint initiative of the EU, financial organizations, bilateral donors and beneficiaries, aimed at enhancing harmonization and cooperation in investments for the socio-economic development of the region and contributing to the European perspective of the Western Balkans.
Due to its collaborative nature in line with the ‘Team Europe’ approach, the WBIF is the main vehicle for implementation of the EU’s ambitious Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans.
Since its inception in 2009, the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) allocated over €1.4 billion in grants to strategic infrastructure projects with an estimated total cost of more than €22 billion.
The WBIF provides grants for energy, environment, social, transport and digital infrastructure as well as for private sector development projects, following annual or bi-annual calls for proposals.
Private sector development grants may also be allocated to specific initiatives which complement infrastructure projects and help achieve the WBIF’s goals and objectives.
Project applications must meet the eligibility criteria set forth for a specific call as well as respond to the requirements detailed in the Guidelines relevant for the type of grant support – technical assistance or investment grants. Moreover, as defined by the WBIF Steering Committee, only projects submitted and/or endorsed by the National IPA Coordinators (NIPACs) are eligible for consideration.
WBIF Guidelines for Applicants
WBIF Strategic Orientations – 2021-2027