FIF - Regional SME CSP – UCBL II

Location:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Project number:

52029

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

10 Aug 2021

Status:

In Exploratory, Pending Final Review

PSD disclosed:

09 Aug 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 senior secured loan guaranteed by UC SpA of up to EUR 5m under FIF - Regional SME CSP in two equal tranches. The 2nd tranche is uncommitted and its commitment will be at EBRD's sole discretion.

Project Objectives

This project will contribute to the objectives of CSP WB, supporting the Competitive and Resilient TI quality.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 65

The project contributes to the objectives of CSP WB, supporting the Competitive and Resilient TI quality.

Competitive: The project will contribute towards: (i) supporting SMEs in accessing finance towards EU standards investments; and (ii) assisting SMEs to access advice and know-how for introducing and implementing EU standards and becoming competitive. 

Resilient: Sub-borrowers will be expected to be commercially viable, which will be reflected in the expected strong underwriting expertise and adequate portfolio quality of the PFIs.

Client Information

UNICREDIT BANK AD BANJA LUKA

UniCredit Bank Banja Luka ("UCBL") is a universal commercial bank, organised as a joint stock company in Bosnia and Herzegovina ("BiH") under the laws of Republika Srpska ("RS"). UCBL is the 5th largest in BiH with 9.2% market share by total assets (YE2020). The bank has 36 branches (including the headquarter office) covering almost all major cities and towns in the RS, served by 436 employees. The bank has become EBRD's partner bank in December 2014 and is one of the most active partner banks. UCBL is 99.43% owned by UniCredit SpA.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 5,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 5,000,000.00

Additionality

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 investments that will improve the competitiveness of the local SMEs.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (2019 ESP). UniCredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka is an existing client and will be required to continue to implement the Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedure for Micro, SME and Corporate Lending; continue to comply with the EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9, including adherence to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019 and submit Annual E&S Reports to the Bank. The Sub-Projects will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

TC: The TC will include support for Programme Consultants ("Consultants", "PC") 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-TC: EUR 0.75 million for investment incentives to Sub-borrowers for the implementation of eligible investments in line with the CSP WB Policy Statement.

The TC and the non TC resources are provided by the European Union.

Company Contact Information

Dragana Gavrilovic
dragana.gavrilovic@unicreditgroup.ba
+387 51 243 235
https://www.unicreditbank-bl.ba/en/o-nama.html
UniCredit Bank a.d. Banjaluka Marije Bursac 7, 78000 Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

PSD last updated

09 Aug 2021

Understanding Transition

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Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

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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 compliance@ebrd.com. 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 ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.

 

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