News Article BIG CEE EBRD investment retail SEE Serbia
by Property Forum | Investment

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is boosting the development of green commercial real estate in the Western Balkans, with a debt package of up to €100 million to be used by BIG CEE for the company’s regional expansion.

The company will use the loan to finance the development, upgrade and acquisition of modern retail parks and shopping centres across the Western Balkans. The developer is also committing to securing BREEAM international sustainability certification for all buildings financed by the EBRD.

Austria provided technical assistance through its Delivering Resource Efficiency Investments (DRIVE) programme, helping the company to carry out market, technical, and sustainability assessments of this transaction.

CEE BIG B.V. is a leading developer and owner of open-air retail parks and shopping centres operating in the region. The first two projects financed by the Bank’s debt envelope will be two modern retail parks in Stara Pazova and Čačak in Serbia.

To date, the EBRD has invested more than €8.7 billion in Serbia through 340 projects, of which nearly 70 per cent supported the private sector. The Western Balkans is a priority region for the EBRD, where the Bank remains one of the largest institutional investors.