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    Reference: 20170979
    Release date: 15 January 2020

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary

    MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT - REPUBLIC OF SERBIA,REPUBLIC OF SERBIA - MINISTRY OF TRADE, TOURISM AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

    Location

    Description

    The project supports the national digital education investment programme, by improving the digital infrastructure and teaching materials in schools, notably with the provision of new digital equipment, the upgrade of the academic network and central locations and teh rollout of Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), as well as providing teachers with training in digital skills.

    Objectives

    The project aims to support the Serbian Government addressing major challenges in the national education system, by directing resources towards key areas that can have a transformative impact on human capital. By improving the digital infrastructure and teaching materials in schools and by training teachers in the field of ICT and digital skills, as mandated by the renewed education curricula, the project also contributes to improveg youth employability in a country where the skills mismatch is the root cause of high unemployment rates.

    Sector(s)

    Under ELM Guarantee

    This operation is covered by the ELM Guarantee.

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 70 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 111 million

    Environmental aspects

    The scope of the project includes deployment of wireless local area network (Wifi) composed of installation of equipment (passive and active) and cabling within existing school premises, provision of digital teaching equipment, provision of digital content and capacity building of teachers and school leaders. None of the activities included in the project falls under any Annexes of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive, moreover, these will be carried out in existing facilities already authorised that will not change their scope due to the project. Thus, the project does not require an EIA as per Directive 2014/52/EU amending Directive 2011/92/EU.

    Procurement

    The promoter will have to ensure that any procurement procedures are done in accordance with the EIB's Guide to Procurement and the relevant applicable EU public procurement rules.

    Status

    Signed - 16/11/2020

    Disclaimer

    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The data provided on this page is therefore indicative and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    Serbia Education