FIF Regional SME CSP - Sparkasse Leasing Macedonia II


North Macedonia

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Approval date:

16 Feb 2021



PSD disclosed:

22 Feb 2021

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 1 million senior loan to Sparkasse Lizing DOO Skopje, a leasing company operating in North Macedonia, under the Competitiveness Support Program - Western Balkans ("CSP-WB"). 

Project Objectives

The loan will provide financing to sub-borrowers for investments in vehicles and equipment that are designed to improve compliance with one or more of the EU Directives in the field of environmental protection, workers' safety and product quality and safety. More specifically, sub-borrowers will use funds to lease EURO 6 trucks, semi-trailers, vans and construction machines. At least 60% of the use of proceeds will be related to GET investments. The Project Consultant ("PC") will physically assess the successful implementation and completion of all sub-projects.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

The project contributes to the objectives of CSP-WB, supporting the Competitive and Resilient transition qualities.

Competitive: The programme will encourage the competitiveness of SMEs in the Western Balkans, by (i) supporting SMEs in accessing finance for investments that meet EU standards; and (ii) assisting SMEs to access advice and know-how for introducing and implementing EU standards and becoming competitive. 

Resilient: The project will foster the resilience of SMEs as sub-borrowers will be expected to be commercially viable.

Client Information


Sparkasse Lizing DOO Skopje ("Sparkasse Leasing", "SL", or the "Company") is a limited liability company operating in North Macedonia and is owned by Sparkasse Bank Macedonia AD ("SBM", 49%) and the latter's parent, Steiermarkische Bank und Sparkassen AG Graz ("Steiermarkische", 51%). It provides finance and operating leases for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, industrial machinery, and equipment. 

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 1,000,000.00

EUR 1 million senior loan

Total Project Cost

EUR 1,000,000.00


Additionality is achieved through the financing structure and knowledge, innovation and capacity building. The project combines necessary long-term financing with technical support and targeted investment incentives into a package that promotes investments improving the competitiveness of local SMEs.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Sparkasse Leasing (SL) has appropriate E&S management systems in place through its parent, Sparkasse Macedonia, which is a long time EBRD client in compliance with Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9. SL will be required to continue to comply with  PRs 2, 4 and 9, including adherence to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019, undertake the EBRD environmental & social e-learning training programme for financial intermediaries and adopt and implement the EBRD's  Environmental & Social (E&S) Risk Management Procedures for Leasing Activities and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the EBRD on E&S matters and on the implementation of the Performance Requirements.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Technical Cooperation: The Technical Cooperation will include support for Programme Consultants that will assist with the implementation, marketing and monitoring of the Programme and a separate verification of the technical implementation of the investments by the Sub-borrowers before the incentive payment is released.
Non-Technical Cooperation: Non-Technical Cooperation will include investment incentives to Sub-borrowers for the implementation of eligible investments in line with the CSP WB Policy Statement.

The Technical and the Non-Technical Cooperation resources are provided by the European Union.

Company Contact Information

Marjan Mancev
+389 2 3077 096
+389 2 3077 088
9/11 Makedonija st., 1000 Skopje, N.Macedonia

PSD last updated

22 Feb 2021

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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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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