For over two decades the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been working with the international donor community to accelerate transition towards market-oriented economies. Democratic foundations, private sector development, a competitive and transparent business environment and sustainable growth are just a few of the elements underpinning economic and social prosperity.
EBRD Donors, including the Central European Initiative (CEI) through the CEI Fund at the EBRD contributed by Italy (with 38.5 million EUR to date), have successfully supported this aim. That is why the Bank has ingrained the use of grants into its core business, ensuring efficiency and strategic resources for its operations.
According to the EBRD Donor Report, in 2013 the CEI Fund committed approximately 900,000 EUR for six technical cooperation assignments, mainly in the infrastructure and sustainable energy sectors. By supporting the EBRD Green Energy Special Fund and several technical assistance projects under the Bank’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, the CEI Fund is committed to promoting best practices in energy efficiency and sustainability - particularly in the Western Balkans - and to enhancing related EBRD investments.
In 2013, donors at the EBRD provided significant grant funding totalling almost 349 million EUR to complement and support investments where needed most, in all sectors across our entire region, especially infrastructure, sustainable energy and small business. Efforts focused in particular on the early transition countries, the Western Balkans and the southern and eastern Mediterranean region. Bilateral donors provided some 122 million EUR in the form of grants. The Bank’s single largest donor, the European Union, provided 114 million EUR from its national programmes and regional facilities.
The Interactive Donor Report is available here 
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