A EUR 9.2 million loan extension to the City of Craiova to cover the increased cost (including increased cost of labour, as imposed by the law, higher cost of construction materials, etc.) of the initial investment envisaging: (i) rehabilitation of 14 public buildings and (ii) modernisation of the public transport fleet through the acquisition of Euro-6 buses. This loan extension finances Craiova Urban Rehabilitation which is part of the EBRD's Green Cities Framework 2, Window 2, and was approved by the Bank on 13 November 2018 and currently under implementation.
The project is expected to result in significant energy and CO2 savings. The investment will improve the environment and the living standards of the community.
ETI score: 70
The project's transition impact remains unchanged from the original proposal and it targets "Green" and "Well-Governed" qualities through: 1) significant energy and CO2 savings in the city's buildings and urban transport fleet, and 2) the development and implementation of a specific GCAP for the City.
CITY OF CRAIOVA
The Municipality of Craiova is one of the largest cities in Romania with a population of around 400,000 inhabitants.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
The Bank is additional because of its:
- Financing structure: The Bank will provide necessary long-term financing that is not readily available from commercial banks.
- Standard-setting: helping projects and clients achieve higher standard: The EBRD will help the city achieve higher standards by applying EBRD procurement and environmental standards.
- Knowledge, innovation and capacity building: The EBRD provides knowledge and capabilities material to respond to the client's timely realisation of the project's objectives.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2014 ESP). The loan extension will not involve new investment components to the original project, which was approved under the 2014 Environmental and Social Policy as part of the GrCF2 W2. The proposed use of proceeds is therefore not associated with any new environmental or social risks or impacts. The Environmental and Social Due Diligence for the original project indicated that the Municipality of Craiova is well managed, and has the internal capacity to operate in line with the Performance Requirements (PRs), although a few operational and organisational issues were identified that require improvements which have been included in the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP), such as improvement of the Client's environmental and health and safety management systems, supervision of the construction contractor, and stakeholder engagement. The ESAP and Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) were agreed.
This loan extension does not require additional monitoring or reporting above that already in place, nor are additional ESAP items required. The client is required to continue ensuring that the project complies with the PRs. The Bank will continue monitoring implementation of the ESAP through annual reports from the Client and site visits if deemed necessary.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
No additional Technical Cooperation (TC) will be granted for the Loan Extension. However, the following TC services have been provided for the project:
Pre-signing TC for technical, economic and environmental due diligence related to the acquisition of buses and buildings rehabilitation components, financed by the Bank and by the Global Environmental Fund.
Post-signing TC for GCAP development and project implementation support, financed by the Austria's CREATE Funds and by Global Environmental Fund ("GEF") .
Company Contact Information
City Hall of Craiova City, Str. A.I Cuza, nr.7, Craiova, 200585 Romania
PSD last updated
02 Jul 2020
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