On 15 April 2016, the Headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London hosted the CEI annual Steering Committee (SC) and CEI Committee of National Coordinators (CNC) meetings. The events were held under the CEI Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina for  2016. 

The SC meeting - gathering the CEI National Coordinators and representatives from the CEI countries at the EBRD Board of Directors - focused on the recent developments in CEI-EBRD cooperation mainly based on the CEI Fund at the EBRD, financed entirely by Italy with EUR 41.5.

In his intervention, Counsellor Andrea Orizio, CEI National Coordinator, Balkans Director, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, underlined that: In 2015, Italy renewed, through a 2 million Euro funding, its strong commitment to further enhance the activity of the Fund, as a consistent engagement with its longstanding support to CEI non-EU Countries along their path towards a common European house.

The meeting was opened by Ambassador Miloš Prica, BiH CEI Presidency, followed by a review on the CEI-EBRD cooperation by Olivia Oddi, Senior Manager, Donor Co-financing, EBRD. The EBRD Deputy Director for Country Economics and Policy, Peter Sanfey, presented the recent economic developments and prospects in the CEI region; Gianpiero Nacci, EBRD Head of Industry and Business Energy Efficiency, introduced the Green Economy Transition Approach; and Deputy Director of the EBRD Technical Co-operation, Andrea Baldan, illustrated the new EBRD Donor Funds System.

Ambassador Giovanni Caracciolo Di Vietri, CEI Secretary General, in his concluding remarks stated that the partnership with the EBRD represents one of the main pillars of the CEI, which has allowed us to develop a strong project-oriented dimension in our core operations and brought about very concrete results in terms of investments in the CEI Member States.

At the Steering Committee meeting, the 2015 Annual Report of the CEI Fund at the EBRD was presented and the 2016 budget of the Fund was approved by the Committee.

The CNC Meeting took place immediately after the SC. It focused on the forthcoming activities and events promoted by the CEI under the Bosnian Presidency, on the elaboration of the CEI Plan of Action for the period 2017-2020.

Moreover, special focus was given to the upcoming CEI/EBRD conference  “Supporting Local Enterprises and SMEs along China’s Belt and Road Initiative in South Eastern Europe”, taking place in Trieste on 19 May 2016.

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