GrCF-Izmir Metro Project II



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Municipal and environmental infrastructure

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Approval date:

23 May 2018



PSD disclosed:

11 Oct 2017

Project Description

A syndicated loan of EUR 105 million loan to Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. The proceeds will be used for the construction of the Fahrettin Altay-Narlidere metro line with a total length of 7.2 kilometers including underground stations and electromechanical works.

Project Objectives

The construction of a new metro line is part of city's extension of its urban rail network to meet increasing demand, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to private vehicles.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 80

The project's transition impacts will be derived from Green Economy Transition (GET). Metro development in Izmir represents a major investment in zero-emission transport at the local level, and as such is a strong contributor to piloting GET in the municipal sector. The project will serve as a demonstration case of GET applied to urban transport, particularly by promoting the sustainable cities concept. It will contribute to sustainable transport through providing an alternative solution to the use of buses, minibuses, taxis and private vehicles, significantly contributing to the reduction of air pollutants and GHG emissions.

Client Information


With a population of nearly 4.2 million, Izmir is the third largest metropolitan municipality in Turkey. The Fahrettin Altay-Narlidere Metro Line will be operated by the city's municipal public transport company, Izmir Metro A.i.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 80,000,000.00

Under an A/B loan structure of up to EUR 105.0 million to the city, including an anticipated B-Loan of up to EUR 25 million.

The remainder of the project cost is expected to be financed by the other parallel lenders and the City's contributions from its budget.

Total Project Cost

EUR 275,000,000.00

Environmental and Social Summary

The extension of the rail system in Izmir will expand public transport provision, leading to social and environmental benefits including reduced or avoided emission of CO2 and other air pollutants. The most significant impacts will occur during project construction, including generation of construction waste, dust, noise, air emissions and additional traffic. The contractors will need to carefully manage construction safety and minimise the disruption to local communities and businesses. Health and safety issues including design and maintenance of the railway system in line with EU standards, occupational health and safety and labour issues such as working at confined space, working hours, employee grievance management and relationship with worker organizations, and community safety issues will be reviewed to ensure compliance with the Bank's performance requirements. Fire prevention and the emergency response capacity of Izmir Metro will also be assessed as part of the appraisal process. As the line will be constructed using a 'tunnel boring' method and pass underground, no resettlement is required for the current design. This will be confirmed during due diligence. The environmental and social appraisal will be carried out by consultants financed by technical cooperation funds, who will also develop a stakeholder engagement plan and a grievance mechanism for the project. Information will be also collected to identify gender gaps with respect to service provision and career opportunities at Izmir Metro with a view to establishing interventions and structuring the dialogue with the client to address these gaps.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Pre-signing: Technical, financial, and environmental and social due diligence will be carried out for the project (EUR 200,000 in total). This technical co-operation is funded from the EBRD's Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility.

Post-signing: Corporate Development: This assignment will include assistance to Izmir Metro with corporate accounting and management practices, review of existing Public Service Contract performance and monitoring indicators, asset management practices, operation of park-and-ride facilities and further efficiency improvements as well as with all related procurement processes for the metro line extension. The estimated cost of the assignment is EUR 275,000, proposed to be financed by an international donor or the EBRD's Shareholder Special Fund.

Green City Action Plan: This assignment includes the development of a Green City Action Plan to prioritise investments in Izmir in pursuit of a green agenda. The cost of the assignment, EUR 300,000, is financed by EBRD's Shareholder Special Fund.

Company Contact Information

Mehmet Oguz Ergenekon
İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi Cumhuriyet Bulvarı No:1 Konak/ IZMIR

PSD last updated

09 Apr 2020

Understanding Transition

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More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

Integrity and Compliance

The EBRD's Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO) promotes good governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all activities of the Bank in accordance with international best practice. Integrity due diligence is conducted on all Bank clients to ensure that projects do not present unacceptable integrity or reputational risks to the Bank. The Bank believes that identifying and resolving issues at the project assessment approval stages is the most effective means of ensuring the integrity of Bank transactions. OCCO plays a key role in these protective efforts, and also helps to monitor integrity risks in projects post-investment.

OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

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The AIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.


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