GEFF - Western Balkans - Ohridska Banka - 4th line

Location:

North Macedonia

Project number:

52723

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

23 Mar 2021

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

25 Mar 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 unsecured loan of up to EUR 2.0 million to be provided in one single tranche to Ohridska Banka Skopje under the Green Economy Financing Facility - Western Balkans (GEFF-WB). 

Project Objectives

The transaction supports investments in high-performance energy efficiency technologies, materials and solutions undertaken in, or in relation to, privately-owned residential dwellings or buildings ("sub-projects") in North Macedonia. Sub-projects are selected according to technical and financial eligibility criteria set forth in the policy statement for GEFF WB. 100% of the use of proceeds will be related to Green Economy Transition investments.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 80

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

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 partner financial institutions for financing green economy projects.

Client Information

OHRIDSKA BANKA AD

Ohridska Banka ("OB") is currently the 5th largest bank in North Macedonia. Previously a subsidiary of Societe Generale, OB was acquired by Steiermarkische Sparkasse in November 2019 and is expected to merge with Sparkasse Bank Macedonija in the summer of 2021. After the merger, the new combined entity will be the fourth largest bank, with a market share of 12%.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 2,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 2,000,000.00

Additionality

Additionality is achieved by combining the necessary long-term financing via OB with TC and investment incentives into a package that promotes residential green economy investments in North Macedonia.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (2019 ESP). OB is an existing client and has provided satisfactory Annual E&S Reports to the Bank to date. OB will be required to continue to implement the environmental and social risk management procedure for Micro, SME and Corporate loans; 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. As applicable, sub-loans under the GEFF facility will need to comply with the E&S Eligibility Procedures for wind, hydro, solar, geothermal or biomass projects. Ohridska will need to establish adequate E&S risk management capacity by hiring a duly qualified E&S specialist and participating in EBRD's E&S training as available.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Tehincal cooperation (TC)EUR 5.1 million have been secured to support the preparation, implementation and monitoring of WB GEFF. OB will share up to 15% of TC costs that benefit them directly through a marketing campaign, same as for the previous GEFF lines. 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.

Non-TC: EUR 410,500 for investment incentives to sub-borrowers for the implementation of eligible sub-projects in line with the Policy Statement. Grant funds are provided by the European Union.

Company Contact Information

Stiven Trajchevski
stiven.trajchevski@ob.com.mk
+ 389 2 15050
www.ohridskabanka.mk
Orce Nikolov 54, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia

PSD last updated

25 Mar 2021

Understanding Transition

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More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

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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.

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