Provision of a sovereign-guaranteed loan of up to € 25 million to Serbia Voz, the state-owned railway passenger operator of Serbia.
The proceeds of the loan will be used to finance the rehabilitation and upgrade of six regional depots used for the maintenance of the Company's rolling stock across the country. This operation will also include the procurement of new maintenance equipment, substantial energy efficiency measures, and Project Implementation Unit support and supervision to enhance the efficiency of passenger services through improved maintenance practices.
The Project aims to improve the Company's maintenance capacity to support the growth of its rolling stock, as well as to increase the efficiency of passenger services through improved maintenance practices and generate energy savings through energy efficiency measures.
ETI score: 60
The Transition Impact of the project will be derived from
The project will support the Company's efforts to improve its governance and internal controls, with a particular focus on risk management, internal capacity building and internal policies for strategic and short-term business planning.
The project will introduce improved policy practices in the area of skills development in the railway sector to support a holistic approach to creating a workforce for the future.
SRBIJA VOZ JSC
Serbia Voz, a joint stock company, established as the national railway passenger operator, fully owned by the Republic of Serbia.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
The Bank's additionality is derived from i) provision of missing long-term financing in the country to match the life of infrastructure investments; ii) promotion of best standards on corporate governance; iii) gender additionality deriving from the promotion of greater gender equality within the rail sector.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2019). Environmental & Social Due Diligence (ESDD) is being undertaken internally and includes the review of the ESDD Questionnaires, site visits, review of design documentation and client's capacity to manage environmental, social, and health and safety issues, and assessment of environmental and social impacts in line with EBRD Performance Requirements.
The anticipated environmental and social (E&S) risks associated with reconstruction, upgrade and operation of six existing maintenance depots including one new greenfield facility are: occupation health and safety issues; supply chain issues associated with the potential procurement of solar modules; contractor management; nuisance and potential pollution of soil, groundwater and air during construction; waste management; community health safety and security; gender and gender-based violence and harassment; traffic management; cultural heritage and stakeholder engagement. The ongoing ESDD has confirmed that the project is not located near to any sensitive receptors, such as Natura 2000 areas or locally protected areas. Based on the result of the ESDD an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) will be developed, discussed, and agreed with the Client.
The Bank will monitor the implementation of the Project through review of annual monitoring reports and visits as required.
The PSD will be updated following the completion of the ESDD and the agreement of the ESAP.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
It is envisaged that TC support for this operation will be provided to assist the Company with:
(i) The procurement and the implementation of the Project to ensure timely and cost effective implementation and compliance with EBRD's Procurement Policies and Rules; (ii) Assistance for the implementation of further corporate governance improvements, including corporate governance specialist and legal consultants;
(iii) Support for the implementation of inclusion measures, including supporting youth and women's access to skills and employment as well as services in the railway sector.
Company Contact Information
Nemanjina 6, Belgrade, Serbia
PSD last updated
07 Sep 2022
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