PPP institutional strengthening in the Western Balkans


This assignment has been implemented over the period January 2013 to June 2014 with the financial assistance of the European Western Balkans Joint Fund (EWBJF) under the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF). WBIF supports socio-economic development and EU accession across the Western Balkans through the provision of finance and technical assistance for strategic investments. It is a joint initiative of the EU, International Financial Institutions (including the EIB), bilateral donors and the governments of the Western Balkans.


For more information about WBIF, please visit www.wbif-ipf.eu/index.php.

The “PPP Institutional Strengthening in the Western Balkans” assignment has consisted in bringing EPEC’s expertise on PPPs to the Western Balkans region (the “Region”) and in sharing knowledge and experience among the countries of the Region (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, FYROM, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia). EPEC has helped the countries of the Region in their efforts to harmonise their institutional structures and go forward with their PPP programming and PPP project readiness assessment to procure and deliver projects (improvement of a PPP project pipeline).


The assignment has had three main components:


General EIB enquiries (including potential lending and project-specific enquiries)


EPEC specific enquiries


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* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Networking Activities


Accessing the EPEC network has enabled countries of the Region to become part of the regular information and know-how exchange taking place among EPEC Members. By sharing knowledge with the EPEC team and more experienced countries, the countries of the Region have been able to draw valuable lessons they can apply to developing and strengthening their own PPP policies. EPEC Members from the Region now have access to the wide range of EPEC publications and can take part in knowledge-sharing events organised by EPEC.


Links to the participants’ websites (PPP units):


Links to the key deliverables:


Workshop on PPP Institutional Structures

EPEC organised a workshop on PPP institutional structures focusing on the legal and institutional framework for PPPs in the Western Balkans countries in Dubrovnik on 6 March 2013.

Downloads: Agenda | Presentations


Regional Conference on Efficient Market Organisation and PPP Project Implementation

EPEC presented trends and development of the European PPP market at the Regional PPP Conference organised by the Croatian PPP Agency in Opatija on 3 May 2013.

Downloads: Presentation


Conference on PPPs in the Western Balkans

EPEC presented PPP operational management principles at a PPP conference organised by the Central PPP Department of Kosovo* in Pristina on 27 November 2013.

Downloads: Agenda | Presentation Development of PPP in Croatia | Presentation PPP in Kosovo | Presentation PPP Operational Management | Presentation Programming of PPPs in Lithuania


Western Balkans PPP Network Kick-off Event

EPEC delivered presentations on combining EU funds and PPPs and on the use of competitive dialogue at a Western Balkans PPP Network Kick-off event organised by the Regional School of Public Administration in Danilovgrad on 23-24 June 2014.

Downloads: Presentation PPP Framework in WB | Presentation Combining PPPs and EU Funds | Presentation Competitive Dialogue


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Assessment of legal and institutional PPP frameworks


EPEC has carried out analyses of the existing legal and institutional PPP frameworks in the countries of the Region to assess their strengths and weaknesses for the effective delivery of PPP projects. Based on a series of fact-finding meetings with key PPP players in the Region, EPEC has prepared an overview report on the PPP-related legal and institutional arrangements in the Region. This overview contains some recommendations on how to further strengthen the ability of public bodies to implement PPPs. In addition to the overview covering all Western Balkans countries, four detailed reports have been prepared.


Links to the 5 reports:


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

PPP Project Preparation Status Tool


The PPP Project Preparation Status Tool has been developed by EPEC in response to the need to improve PPP project preparation in the Western Balkans. The Tool aims to assess the preparation status of a given PPP project by reference to a typical good-practice PPP project development process. It does so through the analysis of the answers to a structured questionnaire provided by the public authority responsible for developing the project. The Tool’s main purpose is to serve as a self-check to help the public authority spot potential areas of weakness in the preparation of the project. It may also help to develop a structured approach to managing the PPP project preparation process.

The typical project preparation process used to frame the questionnaire ranges from the early identification of the investment to the launch of the procurement process for the project as a PPP. The Tool has been designed to be generic enough to be applied to a broad range of projects (e.g. size, sectors). It is important to bear in mind that the Tool is not intended to assess the quality of the project itself.

The Tool is optimised for the 2010 version of Microsoft Excel. To use the Tool, please download the file on your computer, enable the use of macros and follow the detailed instructions provided within the Tool on the first and second pages. 


Click here to download the tool (English version)

Click here to download the tool (Croatian version)

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