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.
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.
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.
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/