Pilot Financial Initiative (PFI):
The Pilot Financial Initiative (PFI) was an open platform for financial cooperation launched on the initiative of the Russian CBSS Presidency to attract partners and funds to finance innovative small and medium businesses as well as PPP projects to upgrade social, municipal and regional infrastructure, energy efficiency, nature protection in the geographic area of CBSS. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining the Initiative was signed between the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic States, KfW Development Bank (KfW Entwicklungsbank) and the State Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank) on the sidelines of the Baltic Sea States Summit in Stralsund, 31 May 2012.
In 2012 KfW and Vnesheconombank signed two Credit Agreements on extending to Vnesheconombank of 110 million USD and after that 65 million USD for on-lending to projects in the field of environmental protection, innovations and modernization in the North-West of Russia (Saint Petersburg, the Leningrad region, Pskov region, Novgorod region, Kaliningrad region). The Credit Agreement on extending 65 million USD is aimed to support an essential modernization of the urban solid waste system in the City of St. Petersburg. Modern waste sorting and recycling facilities will be installed, thus increasing waste treatment efficiency and overall waste treatment quality in the city.
On November 22, 2012 the International Conference with the focus on new financing possibilities for small and medium enterprises and public -private partnerships took place in Kaliningrad. Read more…
“We must create the right conditions for business figures to be more actively involved in investment projects with regional significance, and we need to focus on their environmental aspects. Incidentally, the issue of loans by two state development banks, namely, KfW of Germany and Russia’s Vnesheconombank, for small and medium-sized businesses in northwestern Russia is a good example of this. Other major banks, including the Nordic Investment Bank and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), which have substantial experience of regional operations, should also join these projects“, stated Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the High Level Conference on the Protection of the Environment of the Baltic Sea Region in Saint Petersburg, 5-6 April, 2013. The meetings with Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) were conducted in February 2013 as a step towards broadening the PFI geographic area of action and involving new international financial institutions.
The latest Annual PFI Steering Group Meeting took place on 23 October 2017 at the KFW Representative Office in Moscow, with the discussion focusing on:
– Memorandum of Understanding
– Vnesheconombank and KfW Bankengruppe entered into a Credit Agreement under the Program of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Press release 13 December 2012
– International Conference in Kaliningrad offers new financing possibilities for Small and Medium Enterprises and Public Private Partnerships Press release 26 November 2012
– The Russian Vnesheconombank and the German KfW Bankengruppe will sign the first finance facility agreement for support of SMEs dealing with innovative projects in the Baltic Sea area Press release 8 November 2012
PFI brochure in English
PFI brochure in Russian
In 1998 the energy ministers of the Baltic Sea Region and the European Commission initiated an energy cooperation; the Baltic Sea Region Energy Cooperation – BASREC. BASREC has supported the development of competitive, efficient and well-functioning energy markets to promote sustainable growth, security and prosperity in the region. BASREC has pursued energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, as well as cleantech solutions in order to support green growth. BASREC comprised of five Nordic and three Baltic countries, Germany, Poland, Russia and the European Commission.
BASREC was a ministerial process with a mandate for a three-year period. Ministerial meetings were held on demand, at least once in the third year towards the end of the three-year period. The presidency rotated between the member countries for a one-year period. BASREC has been under the umbrella of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and has covered the issues of energy and energy-related climate policy in the region. The Group of Senior Energy Officials (GSEO) was the body responsible for implementing the decisions and recommendations made by the ministers for energy at the ministerial meetings. The presidency of BASREC carried out the daily work, with a secretarial function. The presidency country was responsible for financing a secretarial function during its presidency. The Executive Committee (ExCom) assisted the presidency in its work, ensuring continuity in the work during the presidency. ExCom consisted of the GSEO members from the presidencies for the three-year period between the ministerial meetings.
To find out more about BASREC see here.