Treating children in the Balkans
Expanding a paediatric hospital in the Balkans
When a child falls ill, he or she often needs specialised medical care. This is precisely the type of care that the University Children's Hospital in Tiršova provides. Located in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, this hospital is a landmark in the region, known for its excellence in paediatric care.
To improve patient care and staff working conditions, Serbian authorities are constructing a new Hospital building. The €163 million project is supported by a CEB loan of €54 million and a €36 million investment grant from the Western Balkans Investment Framework. Serbian authorities also received technical assistance to prepare the project, financed by the Slovak authorities through the Slovak Inclusive Growth Account and Norway through the Norway Trust Account.
Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF)
The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) is a blending facility which brings together the European Commission, the CEB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank Group, KfW, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and several bilateral donors. It provides financing and technical assistance to strategic investments in the energy, environment, social, transport, and digital infrastructure sectors. It also supports private sector development initiatives. Grants approved from the WBIF in favour of CEB projects amount to €72 million.