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24 March 2021

EIB provides €40 million for improving the urban transport of Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Investment Bank (EIB) – the EU’s lending arm – is providing €40 million for the reconstruction of the urban transport network in the Canton of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The financing will enable the modernisation and extension of the tram and trolley bus networks by replacing existing vehicles and building new tramlines and tracks. These improvements will significantly increase safety and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in Sarajevo and the surrounding municipalities.

 

Establishing a more efficient and reliable public transit system is expected to enable a shift of passengers from private to public transport modes. As a result, it will reduce commute times, greenhouse gas emissions, noise levels and the number of traffic accidents in the Canton of Sarajevo. The project will contribute to the fulfilment of the EU Strategy for the Western Balkans and the EIB’s climate action goals for the region relating to sustainable transport.

 

The Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH, Ambassador Johann Sattler, said: “Urban mobility and sustainable, green public transportation are high on the agenda of the European Union. This project will support a shift to more environmentally-friendly public transportation and provide citizens with more affordable, accessible, healthier and cleaner alternatives in Sarajevo. As such, it is also contributing to the collective effort to reduce air pollution, a major threat to climate and citizens’ health.”

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Source: EIB

 

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