The WB EDIF held its second forum in Sarajevo on 7 May, hosted by the EBRD in the margins of its Annual meeting.

The EDIF forum was attended by more than 250 representatives of the public and private sector, Chambers of commerce, Financing institutions and bilateral donors, coming from the EU, the region and beyond.


WB EDIF PAG and WBIF Steering Committee held in London, 16-17 December

The “WB EDIF PAG” took place in London, in the framework of the WBIF Steering Committee, hosted by the EBRD. The first day of the meeting was dedicated to policy and strategic discussions, followed by infrastructure and private sector session (EDIF PAG) on day two. The PAG approved the WBIF 2.0 Recommendations, including the main aspects of EDIF integration under the WBIF umbrella and discussed various topics, such as financing needs through diversification of financial systems and updates on the financial and support services pillars under EDIF. In addition, two new funding proposals were endorsed. On the margins of the meeting, the European Commission and the EBRD signed the agreement to support the Advice for Small Businesses Programme in the Western Balkans (EUR 15million).


Poznan Summit 2019

The Western Balkan Summit Poznan 2019 took place on July 3-5, where the Ministers of foreign affairs, internal affairs and economy convened on July 4 and on the day after the heads of states and governments discussed key issues concerning Western Balkans. The European Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn opened the Berlin Process for Western Balkan with the participation of the Forum for Business and Civil Society.

Two signatures under the WB EDIF took place at this occasion – Phase II of the ongoing World Bank Technical Assistance Programme, the EU REPARIS and phase II of ongoing Programme implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Advice for Small Businesses.

The Summit was also a great occasion to showcase work done under the WB EDIF via a social media campaign and distribution of a number of marketing material accessible at a dedicated stand.


WB EDIF Business Forum

The first WB EDIF Business Forum took place in Belgrade on 26 June 2018 as part of the 12th WB EDIF PAG meeting. The Forum was hosted by the Ministry of Economy of Serbia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and took place under the auspices of the European Commission with the support of the EIF.

The event gathered more than 150 participants from the entire region, including officials from the beneficiary economies, EC, EUDs, IFIs, Chambers, banks and finance providers as well as a number of SMEs. Several panels were organized to learn more about what WB EDIF has to offer, to hear stories from the companies benefitting under the facility and to discuss the main access to finance challenges.

The Forum was opened by the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Marko Cadez, State Secretary of Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Serbia, Branimir Stojanovic and Head of Cooperation at Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, Ingve Engstrom.

A business to finance event was organized in the afternoon, where the SMEs from the Western Balkans had the chance to meet the finance and advisory providers under the WB EDIF.


EU-REPARIS recognised by International Federation of Accountants as a best practice

As candidates, or potential candidates, for EU enlargement the countries of Southeast Europe, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, are integrating more closely with the EU and the EU’s internal market, and aligning their legislative frameworks with the EU acquis communautaire.

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WB EDIF hold’s its 5th Anniversary event

The WB EDIF Platform marked its 5th year of operations by holding a celebratory anniversary event in Sarajevo on November 7th 2017, where Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of EU Delegation to Bosnia & Herzegovina, opened the day of discussions. Read more

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