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Rail Corridor VIII, Phase 3


North Macedonia

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ESIA disclosed:

15 Jun 2023


Concept Reviewed

Approval date:

18 Oct 2023

Project description

Provision of a sovereign loan of up to EUR [175] million to the Republic of North Macedonia (the “Borrower”) for the benefit of the Public Enterprise for Railways Infrastructure (“PERI”) for completion of the last section of rail infrastructure on the eastern end of the rail Corridor VIII. The loan will finance: (i) the construction, signalling and telecommunication from Kriva Palanka to the Bulgarian border in total length of 23.4 km, and (ii) the electrification works for the overall eastern rail line including the sections 1, 2 and 3 in total length of 88 km.

Corridor VIII is an integral part of one of five new Trans‐National European Transport (“TEN-T”) axles – the South‐East axle. The Government of North Macedonia has therefore identified in its National Transport Strategy (2018-2030) completion of the construction of the Rail Corridor VIII as one of country’s top priorities. By financing construction of the third remaining section, the Project will: i) establish very first connection of the Macedonian rail transport with the Bulgarian and EU core TEN-T network, ii) facilitate the international/transit movement of goods and people, in particular with EU neighbouring countries and Turkey, and iii) shift traffic from road to rail transport by improving the competitiveness of the rail sector. Additionally, the Project will increase traffic safety and reliability for both passengers and freight, offer opportunities for business development near the railway line and stations, and improve environmental conditions in settlements and regions covered by the Project.

ESIA disclosure package

1. Supplementary E&S Disclosure Package in English and Macedonian including:

  • ESIA Addendum
  • Supplementary Biodiversity Assessment
  • Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP)
  • Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)
  • Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP)
  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) in English and Macedonian

2. Non-Technical Summary (NTS ) in English, Macedonian, Albanian and Bulgarian

3. Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) English and Macedonian

4. 2017 ESIA English and Macedonian

Download zip file of package

Full ESIA availability

Full ESIA documentation is available locally at

Municipality of Kriva Palanka, St. Joachim Osogovski No.175, Kriva Palanka, tel. number +38976 406 355, contact name Oliver Stojanovski, email:


PE “Railways of Republic of North Macedonia” Skopje
JPZI ”Zeleznici na Republika Severna Makedonija”
Jordan Mijalkov no. 50, 1000 Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia


EBRD Resident Office Soravia Centre 7th floor, MK, Boulevard Phillip the Second of Macedon 3, Skopje 1000, North Macedonia, Republic of North Macedonia


Client website


Environmental or social enquiries

Aleksandar Ravnjashki
Tel: + 38978 246 749
E-mail: | website.

This document was prepared at an early stage of project development, before consideration by the EBRD Board of Directors. Details of a project may change following disclosure.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and ESIA summaries are produced by project sponsors, and the EBRD makes them available without any comment or implied endorsement. Any views expressed or statements made in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment or the ESIA Summary do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the EBRD.

Last updated 25 June 2014

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