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AII Secretary General attending CEI Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting in Trieste – 11-12 June 2019

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CEI Member States held their annual meeting in Trieste (Italy) on June 11th-12th 2019 under the Italian CEI Presidency. The gathering - entitled Central European Initiative at thirty and towards the future: common vision, shared values, European standards, strong regional cooperation - was chaired by H.E. Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy. Security, fight against corruption, sustainable development, stronger infrastructure and energy sector connections were the topics discussed during the meeting. AII Secretary General, Ambassador Castellaneta, stressed that the AII as well as the “EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region”, clearly share the same objectives as the Central European Initiative, namely to facilitate the integration process and to promote economic growth and prosperity in the region through concrete cooperation activities. “The AII, which will turn 20 years old next year, will continue to foster cooperation and synergies among our Participating Countries in topics which are the future of the Adriatic and Ionian Region, such as Blue Growth, Infrastructures and Connections, Sustainable Environment and Culture, but also anti-corruption, youth policies, and migration and the protection of unaccompanied children” said Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta. (full speech here). The Meeting witnessed the adoption of the Trieste Declaration, including specific areas for further cooperation. In particular, two salient initiatives upon which to follow up were agreed upon, i.e. a possible establishment of a CEI Local Dimension; and development of a “CEI Agenda for the Youth”. Furthermore, the Trieste Declaration welcomes the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the CEI and the AII.

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Italy (2017 - 2018)

Italy takes over the AII Chairmanship, as well as the Chairmanship of the EUSAIR, starting from June 2017 and after the conclusion of the Hellenic Chairmanship with the AII/EUSAIR Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs held within the EUSAIR Forum of Ioannina . 
In its AII chair capacity, Italy intends to further strengthen the AII role as an essential instrument for fostering regional cooperation, by completing Round Tables progressive alignment to EUSAIR Thematic Steering Groups and by strengthening policy dialogue and cooperation among AII Member States, as well as between AII and other regional cooperation fora, such as the Central European Initiative.
Adequate attention will be paid so as to further strengthen dialogue with civil society through cooperation with the Adriatic-Ionian Fora, (Cities, Chambers, Universities) as well as enhance inter-parliamentary cooperation.