GEFF- Western balkans - Sparkasse Bank Macedonia


North Macedonia

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Approval date:

18 Feb 2020



PSD disclosed:

06 Feb 2020

As per section 1.4.2 (iii) of the Directive on Access to Information: "For Projects approved by Bank management where the Board of Directors has delegated the approval authority, the PSD shall be disclosed at the start of the relevant no-objection notification period to a member country of the Bank in accordance with Article 13 (iii) of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD."

Project Description

Provision of a EUR 2 million loan, in one tranche, under the Green Energy Financing Facility Western Balkans (GEFF-WB).

Project Objectives

The project contributes to the objectives of GEFF-WB, supporting the Green and Competitive TI quality.


Transition Impact

Green: The project will contribute towards building a green economy by facilitating the expansion of residential energy efficiency lending in North Macedonia and positive demonstration effects of green economy projects. 

Competitive: The project will contribute towards building a more competitive financial sector through developing the internal capacity of the PFIs for financing green economy projects.

Client Information


Sparkasse Bank Makedonija ("SBM") is a universal commercial bank,that is the 7th largest bank in North Macedonia with a 4% market share by total assets. SBM is fully owned by Steiermarkische Bank und Sparkassen AG, Austria ("STSP"). STSP has  acquired 2nd bank on the Macedonian market in 2019 - Ohridska Banka (OB) from Soc Gen. (5th largest, with around 8% market share). SBM and OB will be merged in 2021, after which the new bank will be the 4th largest on the market with 12-13% market share.   Existing exposure to both banks is EUR 33.2m, (SBM -EUR 16.5m + OB i EUR 16.7m) and fully consists of credit lines .

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 2,000,000.00

Available in one tranche.

Total Project Cost

EUR 2,000,000.00


Additionality is achieved by combining the necessary long-term financing in the form of the senior loan, risk mitigation due to EBRD's long-term relationship with a client, and knowledge, innovation, and capacity building  via technical support, latest technology selector, and targeted investment incentives into a package that promotes residential green economy investments;

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (2014 ESP). SBM is an  existing client and has provided satisfactory Annual E&S Reports to Bank to date.  SBM will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9 and submit Annual E&S Reports to the Bank.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

EUR 5.1m have been secured to support the preparation, implementation and monitoring of GEFF-WB. SBM will share up to 15% of TC costs that benefit them directly through a marketing campaign, same as for the previous GEFF line. Grant resources are provided by the Republic of Austria and the multi-donor funded Western Balkans Investment Framework to fund TC programme under the GEFF.

On top of that, EUR 0.4m for investment incentives to sub-borrowers under this line, for the implementation of eligible sub-projects in line with the Policy Statement have been secured from the European Union.

Company Contact Information

Viktorija Jovanovska
+389 2 3200 500
+389 2 3200 515
Makedonija Street, 9-11, 1000 Skopje

PSD last updated

14 Feb 2020

Understanding Transition

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Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

The ESP and the associated Performance Requirements (PRs) set out the ways in which the EBRD implements its commitment to promoting “environmentally sound and sustainable development”.  The ESP and the PRs include specific provisions for clients to comply with the applicable requirements of national laws on public information and consultation as well as to establish a grievance mechanism to receive and facilitate resolution of stakeholders’ concerns and grievances, in particular, about environmental and social performance of the client and the project. Proportionate to the nature and scale of a project’s environmental and social risks and impacts, the EBRD additionally requires its clients to disclose information, as appropriate, about the risks and impacts arising from projects or to undertake meaningful consultation with stakeholders and consider and respond to their feedback.

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.

Access to Information Policy (AIP)

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.

Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.

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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