Prime Minister Borisov and EIB President Hoyer agree to foster co-operation on the connectivity of the Western Balkans

The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, and the EIB President, Werner Hoyer, met in Brussels on 1st February. They discussed possibilities how the EIB can support priorities of the Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, namely the European Perspective and Connectivity of the Western Balkans.

Mr Borisov underlined the necessity for a partnership between Bulgaria and the EIB to deliver tangible results for the development of the Western Balkans region. Mr Hoyer stated that the Western Balkans connectivity in terms of transport, air, energy, educational and digital infrastructure represents a top priority for the EU Bank. He stressed that the EIB will provide financing and expertise to help implement Bulgarian Presidency priorities that are widely shared by the Bank.

Mr Borisov expressed his readiness to familiarize EIB management with the individual infrastructure needs of each Western Balkans country. He stressed that investments into Western Balkans connectivity, particularly along the trans-European corridors, are important not only for this region but for Europe as a whole.