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What is the Western Balkans Investment Framework?

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The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) was launched in 2009 by a coalition of institutions, donor countries and financial organisations. It aims to help the Western Balkan countries, (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) to set priority infrastructure investment based on national, regional and EU accession policies.


The WBIF identifies five priority sectors, including energy and environment. The untapped potential of energy efficiency is recognised as one of the tools to address these energy intensive economies. The residential sector could save up to 10-35%. Public and households alone could generate €805 million in savings by 2020, estimates the WBIF in its brochure Financing Energy Efficiency Investment in the Western Balkans.