EU To Call Tender for Technical Assistance in Raising Energy Efficiency Awareness in Bosnia
The European Commission will call in the second quarter of this year a tender for technical assistance in reforming Bosnia’s energy sector and raising awareness of energy efficiency and sustainability, it said.
The indicative budget of the project is 2.25 million euro ($3.46 million), said a notice carried by the Tenders Electronic Daily, a supplement to the European Union's Official Journal.
“The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is to assist in the reform of the energy sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to create a single, country-wide energy market which is regulated and integrated into SEE [Southeast Europe] and the EU,” it said.
Bosnia’s energy market is divided between its two autonomous parts – the Muslim-Croat Federation and the Serb Republic – which make up the country following the 1992-95 war.
More specifically, the purposes of the EU project are to demonstrate the means by which municipalities and households could improve energy efficiency and uptake of renewables, to build Bosnia's capacity to do this, and to develop a legal framework that provides a basis for establishing an institutional and policy framework for energy efficiency and renewables and supports energy market reforms.
The financing of the project comes under the EU’s Instrument of Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) programme for candidate and potential candidate countries. In February, the EU and Bosnia signed a framework agreement setting the rules for the Balkan country to use 440 million euro of EU funds under IPA for the period 2007-2011.