Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/204204
Authors: 
Holzner, Mario
Schwarzhappel, Monika
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
wiiw Research Report 432
Abstract: 
This study provides a first analysis of the recent development in infrastructure investment in the Western Balkans. It identifies infrastructure gaps as well as key infrastructure initiatives in the region, outlines the political dimension and provides the respective detailed infrastructure investment data as collected from the Western Balkans statistical offices. The Western Balkans are a good case study also for other regions in the EU neighbourhood that have similar developmental problems. It teaches that (i) intensity of involvement is important; (ii) the composition of the funds matters; (iii) infrastructure funding will not automatically lead to more political cooperation; (iv) infrastructure development funds can also be used as a sort of reward for more political cooperation. These principles could be applied in the EU's neighbourhood policy for the Eastern Partnership countries as well as the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership countries, according to the local requirements.
Subjects: 
Infrastructure investment
transport infrastructure
energy infrastructure
Western Balkans
JEL: 
H54
L92
Q41
Document Type: 
Research Report

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