The Western Balkans Region comprises Candidate Countries and Potential Candidate Countries.
The EIB is the leading international financier in the region, where we started operations in 1977.
Besides supporting the reconstruction and upgrading of public infrastructure, in the last decade we have expanded our work in the Western Balkans into many new areas, such as:
- research and development
- private sector development
We work closely with the European Commission, blending our loans with EU grants to achieve an optimal financing package. For the last two decades, financing foreign direct investment receives particular emphasis and support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) via our local partner banks.