The European Investment Bank (EIB) has unlocked €340 million for the construction of the 36-kilometre section of the road between Poprikuše and Medakovo on Corridor Vc, a key connectivity infrastructure in the country that is also supported by European Union grants and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). This investment creates new employment and business opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and contributes to regional integration.
“With €340 million of new financing allocated to Corridor Vc, the EIB continues to support this pivotal route on the pan-European network connecting the port of Ploče in Croatia with Hungary via Bosnia and Herzegovina. To date, the EU bank has provided €1 billion for the construction of a 155-kilometre motorway along the Bosnia and Herzegovina section of the corridor. This modern transport network is expected to ease commuting for 1.5 million people, contribute to road safety and promote regional cooperation,” EIB notes in a press release.
As part of extraordinary measures adopted in response to COVID-19, the EIB will increase its financing to cover 90% of the total costs to advance project implementation.
“The EIB provides continuous support for the development of modern motorways on Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Modern, safer roads and better transport connections are vital for economic development, fluent trade and regional cohesion and can help attract new foreign investments. This transaction will help create new job opportunities and support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s post-COVID-19 recovery and integration with the regional and EU market,” said EIB Vice-President Lilyana Pavlova, in charge of the Western Balkans.
The Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina Ambassador Johann Sattler said he was glad that a new section of Corridor Vc had now been financially secured thanks to the efforts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EIB, the investment bank of the European Union.
“The EIB’s investment will help to bring us closer to the objective of the Western Balkans Economic and Investment Plan to complete 75% of Corridor Vc by 2024. As the largest donor for Corridor Vc, the European Union has allocated over €200 million for the construction of 11 sub-sections of Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina to complement the EIB loans. As a result, BiH citizens will be better connected not only within the country, but to the rest of Europe as well,” Sattler said.
The Minister of Finance and Treasury of Bosnia and Herzegovina Vjekoslav Bevanda emphasised the importance of this agreement for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its state and regional significance in terms of the development of modern infrastructure, increased safety and motorway capacity. “Each project related to the construction of the motorway on Corridor Vc is of great importance and each kilometre represents a step closer to Europe for us. This is why this agreement, in addition to its financial value, will have a positive impact for the public, who will have access to 35 kilometres of a new motorway on the Poprikuše-Medakovo section,” said Minister Bevanda. /ibna