GEFF - Western Balkans - NLB Bank Skopje


North Macedonia

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Approval date:

19 May 2020



PSD disclosed:

22 Jun 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 senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 3.0m under the Green Energy Financing Facility ("GEFF") in two tranches of EUR 1.0m and EUR 2.0m (2nd tranche uncommitted). Tenor: up to 7 years maturity (consisting of 1year grace and 6 years for principal repayment).

Project Objectives

Supporting investments in high-performance green technologies, materials and solutions undertaken in privately-owned residential dwellings or buildings ("sub-projects"). Sub-projects will be selected according to technical and financial eligibility criteria set forth in the Policy Statement for GEFF-WB, which will be an integral part of the loan agreement to be signed with NLB SK. 100% of the use of proceeds will be related to Green Economy Transition ("GET") investments.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 80

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

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


NLB Bank Skopje ("NLB SK'') is the third largest bank in North Macedonia (16% market share by total assets). It operates through a network of more than 50 branches across North Macedonia (around half of them in Skopje), has nearly 900 employees and caters to both corporate and retail customers.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 3,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 3,000,000.00


Additionality is achieved by combining the necessary long-term financing, in the form of the senior loan, with technical support, targeted investment incentives into a package that promotes residential green economy investments.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). NLB SK is an existing client and is in compliance with PRs 2, 4 and 9 under previous exposures. NLB SK will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Corporate Loans, SME and Micro Loans, as well as the PRs, including adherence to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019, and submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank. Sub-borrowers financed through NLB's loan will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements. For applicable GEFF projects, the E&S eligibility criteria for renewable energy need to be applied.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

There are TC and non-TC elements atched to this program. EUR 5.1m have been set for TC support at Facility level. NLB SK will share part of the TC costs that benefit them directly through providing parallel contribution. Exact amount to be defined during project implementation.

Non-TC:  EUR 17.5 million is sourced from the European Union at the framework level for investment incentives to sub-borrowers for the implementation of eligible sub-projects in line with the Policy Statement. EUR 0.6 million from the budget will be used for this project.

Company Contact Information

Tijana Blazhevska
+389 2 5100 867
+389 2 3105 681
Majka Tereza No.1, 1000 Skopje

PSD last updated

22 Jun 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.

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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