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The World Bank and South East Europe

South East Europe is composed of a heterogeneous set of countries with a combined population of 56 million and an average per capita income of about US$2,200. The countries which form the South East Europe Region include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Romania. These countries are members of the Bretton Woods Institutions, and the Bank has active lending programs in these six countries. In addition, the World Bank has a special program of assistance in Kosovo, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)*.
Building on the existing collaborative work on a country-by-country basis in the South East Europe Region, the European Commission and the World Bank were tasked with the special mandate to lead the coordination effort of all bilateral and multilateral aid to the Balkans. In addition to the work in donor coordination, aid mobilization, and economic analysis, the World Bank supports the countries of the Region through its lending. First, the World Bank provides concessional and market-based loans to help the countries achieve long term economic development. In fiscal yearws 98 and 99, World Bank lending to the countries of the Region totaled US$1.4 billion. Second, the Bank provides policy advice and economic and sector analysis, which include recommendations on policy reform. More...

* Kosovo is a region within the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia which comprises the republics of Serbia and Montenegro.

For more information visit a joint World Bank/European Commission web site: Economic Reconstruction and Development in South East Europe(

More information on: Social Development Initiative for South East Europe

Country Briefs & Regional Information
Text overview of the country.
Little Data Book
Set of key indicators
At-a-glance Tables
Comparative trends.
Albania Albania (PDF)Albania (PDF)
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina (PDF)Bosnia and Herzegovina (PDF)
BulgariaBulgaria (PDF)Bulgaria (PDF)
CroatiaCroatia (PDF)Croatia (PDF)
FR Yugoslavia (PDF) FR Yugoslavia (PDF)
FYR MacedoniaFYR Macedonia (PDF)FYR Macedonia (PDF)
RomaniaRomania (PDF)Romania (PDF)
Regional OverviewECA Region (PDF)ECA Region (PDF)
Europe and Central Asia Regional Site
Excerpt from the World Bank Annual Report

Below are the main documents describing the World Bank involvement in South East Europe:

Yugoslavia Eligible For New World Bank Funding - December 17,2001

International Community Reaffirms Commitment to South East Europe Euro 2.4 billion assured financing for infrastructure projects - October 26,2001

Continued Donor Engagement Vital to the Southeast Europe Region - October 22,2001

Donor Pledges for Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on Target - June 28, 2001

Kosovo Targets Energy Sector Reconstruction - May 4, 2001

World Bank Grant Finances Pilot Water Supply Project in Kosovo - May 1, 2001

World Bank Sets up Trust Fund for Yugoslavia Allows For Pre-Membership Aid - March 14, 2001

Social Development Initiative for South East Europe - Website - February 2001, 2001

Project steers finance to firms assisting province’s recovery, January 24, 2001

$5 million grant places communities in charge of local development, January 10, 2001

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