Pristina Urban Transport



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Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

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Approval date:

02 Sep 2015



PSD disclosed:

20 Feb 2015

Translated version of this PSD: Albanian

Project description and objectives

The EBRD is considering providing a sovereign-guaranteed loan of EUR 10 million to Trafiku Urban (the “company” or “TU”), the urban transport company in Pristina, to modernise its bus fleet through the purchase of 51 new low-entry diesel Euro VI standard compliant buses.
The project includes the refurbishment of the existing bus maintenance depot. Total project costs amount to EUR 13.2 million, of which EUR 3.2 million will be contributed by the Municipality to finance the refurbishment of the maintenance depot and the VAT.
The project is expected to improve the current condition of the company’s outdated bus fleet resulting in significant improvement of its operating and environmental performance, as well as improved safety standards.
The project will be implemented by a Project Implementation Unit supported by external consultants financed from technical co-operation funds.
The success of the project will be measured by the following benchmarks:
  • Total number of urban transport passengers transported per day
  • Annual reduction in tonnes of CO2 equivalent for improved public transport operations

Transition impact

The transition impact potential of the project arises from:

• Establishment of a Public Service Contract between the city and the company;

• Development of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Pristina, focused on best practice urban transport planning and greater private sector participation;

• Potential for increased private sector participation for the operation and maintenance of the central bus terminal;

• Improved financial sustainability within the company through improved cost recovery and operating efficiencies introduced by a financial and operational performance improvement programme (“FOPIP”).
  • The expected transition impact rating is ‘good’.

The client

Trafiku Urban, wholly owned by the city of Pristina and responsible for providing public transport services in the urban and suburban areas of the city and neighbouring municipalities. The company was established in 1976 and currently employs 118 staff. It operates 10 buses for Line 4, the trunk route running through the city centre. 

EBRD finance

EUR 10 million loan to the company, guaranteed by the Kosovo. 

Total project cost

Up to EUR 13.2 million (including VAT). 

Environmental and social categorisation, impact, and mitigation

Category B. The environmental and social impacts related to delivery of 51 new low-floor diesel buses, and the redevelopment of the existing depot, are expected to be site specific and can be readily identified and managed via the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures. 

Due diligence was undertaken by an independent consultant. This included a review of the management systems and activities of the company; an audit of the maintenance depot and an environmental analysis of the proposed investment programme. The due diligence indicates that there are no major issues but that the company needs to improve overall Environmental and Social (“E&S”) and human resources management. An Environmental and Social Action Plan (“ESAP”) has been agreed that includes the requirement to develop a Health, Safety and Environmental (“HSE”) system, standards and procedures for the business and appoint staff responsible for implementation; improve environmental and health & safety performance at the depot site; implement a traffic safety management system and training for drivers; prepare an emergency response plan; and implement a grievance procedure for workers. A Stakeholder Engagement Plan (“SEP”) has also been agreed.  

Detailed plans for the redevelopment of the depot have not yet been developed, though no land acquisition is anticipated at this time. Final plans will be subject to a separate assessment once they are finalised and any mitigation measures required will be included in an updated ESAP. 

Technical cooperation

The following technical co-operation (“TC”) assignments are envisaged as part of this project::


• Environmental and social due diligence (EUR 40,000, financed by the Bank’s own resources).
• Technical due diligence to determine the technical specifications of the bus units (EUR 50,000, financed by the Bank’s own resources).


• Assistance to the Project Implementation Unit for tendering and supervision of works (the estimated cost of the assignment is up to EUR 74,000, to be financed by an international donor).
• Preparation of a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (“FOPIP”) (the estimated cost of the assignment is up to EUR 250,000, to be financed by an international donor).
• Preparation of a Public Service Contract (EUR 50,000, financed by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund (“SSF”) under an existing framework agreement).
• Preparation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (“SUMP”) (the estimated cost of this assignment is up to EUR 275,000, to be financed by an international donor).
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