Zagreb, Croatia, July 6, 2011—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a loan of €20 million to
Croatia’s C.I.O.S. to increase recycling in the region, improve the situation
of marginalized workers who collect scrap metal, and reduce C02 emissions,
supporting efforts to address climate change.
C.I.O.S. is the leading company in Southeast
Europe for the disposal and primary processing of industrial waste. Through
this investment, IFC is also supporting C.I.O.S.’s parent company, Germany-based
Scholz, one of the top three steel and scrap metal recycling companies
in the world, and members of the C.I.O.S. Group in Albania, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.
“With IFC as a partner, we will continue
to seek the highest standards in our operations in Croatia and the rest
of the region,” said Petar Pripuz, President of the Management Board of
C.I.O.S. “This loan also shows the confidence of one of the world's leading
financial institutions in the recycling industry and in our business strategy.”
The C.I.O.S. Group employs more than
1,300 workers and processes around 700,000 tons of scrap metal annually,
including approximately 300,000 tons in Croatia. By 2015 the company plans
to process up to one million tons annually.
“Recycling is a priority for IFC in
Croatia and Southeast Europe, where the recycling industry can foster further
growth of the private sector while creating sustainable livelihoods for
marginalized groups engaged in recycling,” said Snezana Stoiljkovic, IFC
Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Guy Elena, IFC Director for Manufacturing,
Agribusiness and Services in Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, said,
“IFC’s partnership with C.I.O.S. demonstrates our commitment to the recycling
sector and regional economic integration.”
To mitigate the negative impact of the
economic slowdown and sustain the fragile recovery underway in Croatia,
IFC supports established local and regional groups that have weathered
the crisis yet require long-term financing in order to remain competitive.
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