The European Investment Bank (EIB) has published a contract notice for the Infrastructure Project Facility – Technical Assistance – Energy, Environment, Social, Transport and Digital Economy under the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF). The project will be implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo*.
The maximum budget for the Technical Assistance is EUR 24 million, while the application deadline is April 4, the tendering documentation reads.
The procedure is an international restricted tender.
The overall objective of the Technical Assistance (TA) operation is to contribute to the improvement of the infrastructures in the candidate and potential candidates’ countries. The TA will support the preparation and implementation of priority infrastructure investment projects in the energy, environment social, transport and digital economy infrastructure sectors to be financed by a combination of grants and loans.
Support will be provided through a core team of experts for, inter alia, feasibility studies, preliminary and detail designs, support for the tendering process, supervision of works, other preparatory sectoral studies, preparation of terms of references, and reporting to the Westerns Balkans Investment Framework, the EIB said in tendering documentation.
On the basis of the applications received, between 5 and 8 candidates will be invited to submit detailed tenders for this contract. If the number of eligible candidates meeting the selection criteria is less than the minimum of 5, the EIB may invite the candidates who satisfy the criteria to submit a tender.
The provisional commencement date of the contract is November 2019.
The initial period of execution of the contract is 48 months. This period may be extended, with the prior approval of the EIB.
The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) is a joint initiative of the EU, international financial institutions, bilateral donors, and the governments of the Western Balkans.