“Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed today in Banja Luka a grant agreement worth EUR 6.8 million ($8.41 million) of EU funds to co-finance the construction of a major infrastructure investment in Gradiška.

The investment project concerns the construction of border crossing facilities on the Banja Luka – Gradiška section of Route 2a (R2a), a cross-border bridge over the River Sava, as well as motorway connections on the Banja Luka – Gradiška road. The project is part of the Indicative Extension of the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport) Core Network in the Western Balkans. 

Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark stressed that improving connectivity within the Western Balkans, as well as between the Western Balkans and the European Union, is essential for growth and jobs. It will bring clear benefits for the region’s economies and citizens. ‘This investment in Gradiška is an important step towards closer integration of the whole Western Balkans region in line with the new Western Balkans Strategy. The grant from the EU worth EUR 6.8 million will co-finance the construction of the cross-border bridge over the River Sava in Gradiška. This investment will bring the EU closer to BiH,’ said Ambassador Wigemark.” (Sarajevo Times)