EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region

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The European Council of 13-14 December 2012 requested the European Commission to present a new macroregional strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region before the end of 2014.

Objectives and scope

Building on the experience gained in the macroregional strategies for the Baltic Sea region and the Danube region, the Commission is now proceeding to draw up an EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region (EUSAIR). The new Strategy will integrate the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, adopted by the Commission on 30 November 2012.

The EUSAIR (as the Maritime Strategy) will cover eight countries: four EU Member States (Croatia, Greece, Italy, Slovenia) and four non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia).

The general objective of the new Strategy is to promote economic and social prosperity and growth in the region by improving its attractiveness, competitiveness and connectivity. The Strategy should also play an important role in promoting the EU integration of Western Balkans.

In line with the conclusions of the Report on the evaluation of the macroregional strategy concept (adopted in June 2013), the new Strategy will have a limited focus on areas of mutual interest with high relevance for the Adriatic-Ionian countries. It will be build on four thematic pillars:

1. Driving innovative maritime and marine growth
2. Connecting the region (transport and energy)
3. Preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment
4. Increasing regional attractiveness (tourism)

Moreover, "Research, innovation and SMEs development", as well as "Capacity Building" are two cross-cutting aspects which come across each and every area. For more information, please see the "Discussion Paper".

Milestone

1) Stakeholders' Consultation

From September to December 2013, a stakeholders' consultation on the content of the future Action Plan of the Strategy was conducted across the region by the participating countries.

The Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy launched a public consultation on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region, inviting all those interested, e.g. private individuals, public organisations, enterprises, civil society, etc. to send their contributions.

In the framework of this extensive consultation, the eight countries involved organized events and launched sectorial consultations for the different pillars:

Pillar 1 "Driving innovative maritime and marine growth"

Online consultation: all contributions were sent via an online questionnaire until January 2014.

Seminar "EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region: The regions get involved" (Corfu, 18-19 November 2013).

For more information, please contact the coordinators of this pillar: Mr. Vassilios Tselios (vas.tselios@mfa.gr) and Ms. Vana Vojinovic (vana.vojinovic@mfa.gov.me).

Pillar 2 "Connecting the region"

Online consultation through questionnaires disseminated at national level (deadline 10 November 2013) through competent national and regional institutions and at intergovernmental level (other countries of EUSAIR) through the EUSAIR National Contact Points (deadline: 15 November 2013).

Conference "Connecting the Adriatic and Ionian Region - Challenges and Goals towards a successful EUSAIR Plan of Action", Ancona, 14 October 2013.

For more information, please contact the coordinators of this pillar: Mr. Andrea Vitolo (andrea.vitolo@esteri.it), Ms. Rossella Rusca (rossella.rusca@dps.gov.it) and Mr. Pavle Jankovic (pavle.jankovic@mfa.rs).

Pillar 3 "Preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment"

The coordinators are: Mr. Gregor Krajc (gregor.krajc@gov.si) and Mr. Ivan Orlic (ivan.orlic@mvp.gov.ba).

Pillar 4 "Increasing regional attractiveness"

Please contact the coordinators of this pillar for further information: Ms. Sanja Novakovic (sanja.novakovic@mvep.hr) and Mr. Agim Pasholli (agim.pasholli@mfa.gov.al).

2) Stakeholder Conference (Athens, 6-7 February 2014)

The results of the extensive consultation with stakeholders carried out from October to December 2013, alongside with the public consultation launched by DG REGIO were presented on 6-7 February 2014 in Athens. This supported the preparation of the Strategy requested by the European Council.

If you are interested in knowing more about this event, see the Conference's website.

3) Adoption of the Communication and Action Plan (18 June 2014)

Based on the results of the public consultation, on 18 June 2014 the Commission launched officially a new EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region in the form of a Communication and an Action Plan, to help its 70 million residents to reap the benefit of closer cooperation in areas like promoting the maritime economy, preserving the marine environment, completing transport and energy links and boosting sustainable tourism.

These documents will be tabled to the Council in the second semester 2014 so the EUSAIR would start its implementation before the end of the year.

If you'd like to know more, please see the Press Release.

Official documents

Communication on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

Action Plan on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

Supportive analytical document accompanying the Communication


Report concerning the governance of macro-regional strategies


For further information about the EUSAIR, see the Background or check out the DG REGIO website.


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INTERACT Point Valencia, ip.valencia@interact-eu.net, +34 961 922 610.

Communication and Action Plan on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

Based on the results of the public consultation, on 18 June 2014 the Commission launched officially a new EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region in the form of a Communication and an Action Plan, to help its 70 million residents to reap the benefit of closer cooperation in areas like promoting the maritime economy, preserving the marine environment, completing transport and energy links and boosting sustainable tourism.

These documents will be tabled to the Council in the second semester 2014 so the EUSAIR would start its implementation before the end of the year.