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08-05-2018

Secretary General visit to the incoming AII Chairman, Minister Darmanović

On 3 May, the AII Permanent Secretariat visited Montenegro for the traditional official meetings with the incoming AII/EUSAIR Chairmanship of Montenegro that will take over after the “Adriatic and Ionian Council/EUSAIR Ministerial Meeting” of Catania (24 May 2018) closing the Italian Chairmanship. The Secretary General, Amb. Castellaneta and his staff met the Minister of Foreign Affairs Srđan Darmanović with whom had a pleasant talk on the priorities of Montenegrin Chairmanship and on possibilities of cooperation. The political meeting was followed by a more technical meeting of the AII Staff and the staff of the Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge with the AII and EUSAIR devoted to the program and the activities planned during the year of Chairmanship.

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27-09-2018

FIRST CSO UNDER MONTENEGRIN CHAIRMANSHIP – PODGORICA 3 OCTOBER – SAVE THE DATE

The first Committee of Senior Officials under the AII Montenegrin Chairmanship will take place on 3 October in Podgorica, in the framework of the 8th EUSAIR Governing Board. The calendar of events and the priorities of the year of Chairmanship will be presented together with a programme of activities of the Permanent Secretariat. Furthermore, the Committee of Senior Officials will be the occasion to appoint the Senior Official by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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07-11-2018

AII ROUND TABLE ON BLUE GROWTH/MARITIME COOPERATION – BUDVA, 13 NOVEMBER 2018

The AII Round Table on Blue Growth/Maritime Cooperation will take place in Budva on November 3, organized by the AII Montenegrin Chairmanship in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Directorate for fisheries) of Montenegro. The meeting will mainly focus on “Small-scale coastal traditional fisheries - challenges and opportunities for local community development through the link of fisheries and tourism”. Experts coming from the AII participating countries will attend the meeting while experts from some regions and local authorities may participate presenting their transnational projects on the matter. According to the regulations of the AII Round Tables overhauled in 2015, the results of the Round Table will be transferred to the 8th Thematic Steering Groups on Blue Growth, which will be held back to back with the AII Round Table. Please find here the Agenda of the event and the registration form.

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09-11-2018

AII COMMITTEE OF SENIOR OFFICIALS AND 8TH EUSAIR GOVERNING BOARD HELD IN PODGORICA - 3 OCTOBER 2018

The first AII Committee of Senior Officials under Montenegrin Chairmanship took place in Podgorica on October 3 back to back with the 8th EUSAIR Governing Board. The AII Permanent Secretariat Programme of the Activities was presented together with the Priorities and indicative calendar of events of the Montenegrin Chairmanship (for the period 1 June 2018 – 31 May 2019) emphasizing the important connection and integration with the “EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region”, by completing Round Tables progressive alignment to EUSAIR Thematic Steering Groups, by enhancing policy dialogue and cooperation among AII/EUSAIR participating countries. Further topics discussed by Senior Officials were the Appointment of the Senior Official by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Amb. Jon Ivanovski, and the state of play regarding the Inclusion of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the EUSAIR (art.2 Catania Declaration). The Committee of Senior Officials decided, inter alia, to give mandate to the Permanent Secretariat to bring forward the procedure to update the AII Guidelines and Rules of Procedure due to the entry of fYROM in the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative. Please find here the agreed minutes of the meeting. The 8th Meeting of the EUSAIR Governing Board took place in Podgorica on 3-4 October 2018.  Members of EUSAIR Governing Board gathered to discuss common future development of the eight countries participating in the Strategy. Starting with the EUSAIR Programme of the Montenegrin Presidency and with the main focus on the Discussion Paper regarding the follow-up actions in response to the request from EUSAIR Ministers under point 6 of the Catania Declaration. Additional to that, other items discussed were: The outcome of the technical meeting of Pillar Coordinators; Reporting on the OECD Seminar on Strengthening National Co-ordination Mechanisms for EUSAIR held the previous day; EUSAIR Facility Point state of play; State of play and next steps of ADRION Program; State of play and events of the AI-NURECC Initiative; Report of AII Secretary General, Amb. Castellaneta, on the meeting of the CSO. Further information regarding the EUSAIR GB can be found at the following link: https://www.adriatic-ionian.eu/    

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23-11-2018

AII ROUND TABLE ON BLUE GROWTH/MARITIME COOPERATION HELD IN BUDVA - 13 NOVEMBER 2018

The AII Round Table on Blue Growth/Maritime Cooperation took place in Budva on November 3, organized by the AII Montenegrin Chairmanship in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Directorate for fisheries) of Montenegro. The event has been very successful, bringing together experts coming from AII participating countries together with local representatives, and mainly focused on “Small-scale coastal traditional fisheries - challenges and opportunities for local community development through the link of fisheries and tourism”. According to the regulations of the AII Round Tables overhauled in 2015, the results of the Round Table have been transferred to the 8th Thematic Steering Groups on Blue Growth, which was held back to back with the AII Round Table. Please find here the Agenda of the event.

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11-12-2018

TRAINING WORKSHOP ON CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES “ADRIATIC START-UP SCHOOL” MODEL – TIRANA, 21 NOVEMBER 2018

The Training Workshop on Creative and Cultural industries in the EUSAIR area - “Adriatic Start-up School” model, organized by the Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce in collaboration with Durres Chamber of Commerce, took place on November 21 in Tirana, at Tirana International Conference Centre. The main aim of the initiative was to support the dialogue in the field of culture by identifying issues of common interest and sharing excellence and best practices to support artistic entrepreneurship, creative start-ups and contemporary art festivals in the EUSAIR Area. The opening session saw the participation of relevant institutional actors, including Amb. Fabio Pigliapoco, Senior Advisor of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative, who highlighted the importance of such Initiative and the support given by the AII Permanent Secretariat to disseminate and promote the project “E-capital – Start-up school”, which has great potential to develop competitive and innovative creative and cultural industries, benefiting a wide range of stakeholders in the Adriatic Ionian Region.  A better knowledge of the opportunities offered, together with a reinforced dialogue in the field of culture by identifying issues of common interest and sharing excellence and best practises to support artistic entrepreneurship, creative start-ups and contemporary art festivals, would indeed enable decision and policy-makers to propose better tools for the encouragement of job creation and employment. The event was attended by more than 70 professionals and students, mainly from Agricultural University of Tirana and Elbasan University, as well as participants from Italy and representatives of the European Institutions.Please find here the final agenda of the event. The Training workshop took place within a two-day Forum on EU Policies and EU Territorial Cooperation Opportunities focused on Technology, Innovation and Youth in the Adriatic-Ionian area, in the framework of the AI-NURECC initiative. Ms Vana Vojinović, Director of Directorate for Regional and other International Initiatives -Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro – took the floor in the first morning session named “Macro-Regional Strategies: between the Present and the Future of the European Policies” (agenda) describing the state of play and initiatives taken up by the Montenegrin Chairmanship of the Adriatic Ionian Initiative. For further information, please visit the AIC Forum website: http://www.forumaic.org/creative-and-cultural-industries-in-the-eusair-area-ai-nurecc-training-workshop-on-cci-start-up-adriatic-start-up-school-model/

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28-02-2019

AII TROIKA PLUS AII PERMANENT SECRETARIAT MEETING - TIVAT, 7 FEBRUARY 2019

The first “AII Troika plus AII Permanent Secretariat” meeting took place in Tivat (Montenegro) on February 7, 2019, organized by the AII Montenegrin Chairmanship. During the working meeting, which saw the participation of representatives of past, present and future AII Chairmanships (Italy, Montenegro, Serbia) the following topics have been discussed: - Information regarding recent events under the Montenegrin Presidency - Calendar of the upcoming activities and organization of forthcoming events - Adriatic and Ionian Council (Budva, 6-8 May) - Preparation of Budva Declaration - Ad hoc areas of cooperation (youth, anticorruption, migration) - Strengthening cooperation with regional initiatives/organizations Furthermore, the AII Permanent Secretariat together with the Montenegrin Chairmanship had the occasion to meet the Major of Tivat, Prof. Dr. Siniša Kusovac, which expressed his interest for the inclusion of the City of Tivat in the Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Cities. The second Joint Conference of Civil Society Fora (Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities), which will be held in Budva on May 6-8, will be in this regard a great opportunity for the Municipality of Tivat to meet and discuss on the official joining of the Forum.

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01-03-2019

II AII COMMITTEE OF SENIOR OFFICIALS AND 9TH EUSAIR GOVERNING BOARD HELD IN BRUSSELS - 20 FEBRUARY 2019

The second AII Committee of Senior Officials under Montenegrin Chairmanship took place in Brussels on February 20 back-to-back with the first session of the 9th EUSAIR Governing Board. After a brief report on the meeting of AII Troika plus Permanent Secretariat held in Tivat on February 7, AII Senior Officials discussed about the achievements of the Presidency up to now and the planned activities until the end of the Presidency in May. The Montenegrin Chairmanship presented to the CSO a productive calendar of upcoming activities that foresees: Round Table on Transport and Energy Connections; Round Table on Environmental Protection; Round Table on Tourism and Culture, back-to-back with the meeting of EUSAIR TSG 4; Round Table on Inter-University cooperation; Regional Conference on prevention of corruption; Ministerial Conference on Youth in cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro; 16th Conference of the Speakers of Parliaments in Budva on 18-19 of March; Second Joint Conference of the Fora of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities to be held in Budva on 6-8 May, organized by the Montenegro Chamber of Commerce; III Committee of the AII Senior Officials (Budva, 6-7 May); Adriatic and Ionian Council (Budva, 8 May). Further topics discussed were the next Adriatic and Ionian Council/EUSAIR Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting, which will be held in Budva on 6-8 of May 2019 and the preparation of the Budva Declaration. The Chairmanship together with AII Secretary General Amb. Castellaneta also informed Senior Officials about the official request by the Republic of San Marino to join the AII. The agreed minutes of the CSO will follow shortly. The 9th Meeting of the EUSAIR Governing Board took place in Brussels on 20-21 February 2019.  This meeting was a milestone also because of the invitation of the Republic of North Macedonia, which was warmly welcomed by its neighbouring country Greece.     Regarding the core of the EUSAIR GB, the discussion on a follow-up of the Catania Declaration and the upcoming 4th EUSAIR Forum needs to be highlighted. Launch of the 2nd ADRION call for Axes 1 and 3 was also announced by ADRION Programme together with the EUSAIR Stakeholder Platform by the Marche Region. Furthermore, Amb. Castellaneta took the floor to report on the meeting of the CSO held the previous day and on the outcome of the Joint Conference – Fora of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities (16-18 October 2018, Split). Further information regarding the EUSAIR GB can be found at the following link: https://www.adriatic-ionian.eu/2019/02/22/milestones-of-the-9th-eusair-governing-board-meeting/

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12-03-2019

4th EUSAIR ANNUAL FORUM – BUDVA, 7-8 MAY 2019 - SAVE THE DATE

The joint 4th Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) and 2nd Fora of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities will take place in Budva (Montenegro), on 7-8 May 2019, under the slogan “Integration for the people, development for the region”. The EUSAIR Forum is organised by Montenegro in close cooperation with the European Commission and with the support of the EUSAIR Facility Point. The traditional annual event aims to raise visibility of the EUSAIR and reflect on the progress made since the 3rd Forum held in Catania in May 2018.The Forum will be preceded by the Adriatic and Ionian Council/EUSAIR Ministerial Meeting (event reserved to Ministers and their delegations). This year's Forum will focus on the topics related to the field of Tourism and Blue Growth. The participants will also have the chance to discuss funding mechanisms for all four thematic pillars – Blue Growth, Connecting the Region, Environmental Quality, and Sustainable Tourism - of the EUSAIR and share concrete ideas on the future prospects of the Strategy. Each year the Forum attracts numerous stakeholders, such as European Commission and other EU institutions, National ministries, Regional and Local authorities, Business sector, Academia and Civil society, who share views, exchange experience and discuss ways of cooperation. Side thematic meetings and cultural and social events will complete the programme of the Forum. A detailed programme as well as indications on programs and logistics for the meetings will follow shortly.The event registration will be open soon.

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22-03-2019

XVI CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS OF PARLIAMENTS OF THE AII - BUDVA, 18-19 MARCH 2019

The XVI Conference of Presidents of Parliaments of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative took place in Budva on 18th-19th of March 2019. The Conference has been attended by Presidents or Vice Presidents from the nine AII Participating Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia. Aside from the host - President of the Montenegrin Parliament Mr Ivan Brajović and Prime Minister Mr Duško Marković, also Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srđan Darmanović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism Pavle Radulović, Minister of Culture of Montenegro Aleksandar Bogdanović and AII Secretary General Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta took part in the event.      The Conference dealt with the following topics:              • Tourism and culture as a common denominator, advantage and strategic commitment of the AII states • Parliamentary bodies as an important resource for strengthening cooperation in priority areas of the AII states The adoption of the Joint Statement marked the end of the 16th Conference of Presidents/Speakers of Parliaments of the Adriatic & Ionian Initiative (AII). In their Joint Statement, parliaments of Participating Countries determine that cooperation of national parliaments within the AII is important for identifying regional projects, which should, among other things, support the Western Balkans integration in the EU. Parliaments provide support to the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, which represents a useful instrument of cooperation between the EU Member States and candidate countries and potential membership candidates. Participants in the Conference, as representatives of their parliaments, call for European institutions to strengthen their political and financial support to the implementation of strategic projects from the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region. The Statement also notes that the AII parliaments call for all national, regional and local authorities, private sector and the NGOs to continue to develop synergy between strategies of sustainable tourism and cultural sector. Participants point out the significance of improving infrastructure, which is essential for increasing accessibility and connectivity of the region and note the significance of security and safety for sustainable development of a tourism destination, and call for stronger cooperation and exchange of good practice among participating countries of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative. Please find here a short clip about the XVI Conference and the adoption of the Joint Statement.   DOWNLOADS: XVI CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS OF PARLIAMENTS OF THE AII – JOINT STATEMENT WELCOME ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT OF THE PARLIAMENT OF MONTENEGRO MR IVAN BRAJOVIĆ OPENING REMARKS BY AII SECRETARY GENERAL AMB. GIOVANNI CASTELLANETA

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