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 3rd Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), will take place in CATANIA (Italy), on 24-25 May 2018, under the slogan “Our Region, Our Future”.
The Forum will focus on the Connectivitiy issues, especially on challenges and opportunities for Transport and Energy networks in the EUSAIR Region. Funding mechanisms for all four Strategy's Pillars – Blue Growth, Connecting the Region, Environmental Quality, and Sustainable Tourism – will be discussed, while considering the EUSAIR cross-cutting issues. The prupose of this year's event is to reinforce collaboration and partnerships among all stakeholders active in the Adriatic-Ionian Region.

Ministers from the eight EUSAIR Countries, EU Commissioners, representatives of other EU institutions, Regional and local governors and key implementers of the Strategy will be among the speakers joining the Forum which will be accompained by numerous side thematic and cultural events.

For details and for registration please click on the following link on the EUSAIR web-site:
http://www.adriatic-ionian.eu/event/3rd-eusair-forum/PROGRAMME 3rd EUSAIR FORUM

The Program is enclosed

 

For the first time a meeting of the ombudsmen of the Adriatic and Ionian region was held in Ancona (25 October 2017), back to back with the first EUSAIR Governing Board of the Italian Chairmanship, with the intention to create a stable network of cooperation with a focus on unaccompanied minors.

The growing number of unaccompanied children coming to Europe with the continue migration and refugee flow has made necessary to activate a cooperation among national institutions in charge of protecting children’s rights in the Adriatic and Ionian area.

This has been considered a “concrete way” to respond to the call of AII Ministers in Dubrovnik and Ioannina to use the EUSAIR potential to try alleviate the migration and refugee crisis severely hitting some countries of the Adriatic and Ionian Region.

A draft Declaration of Intent was presented and will be soon adopted with the aim of strengthening the cooperation among ombudsmen for children of the Adriatic and Ionian Countries in order to:

  • - Build the new platform for cooperation;
  • - promote children’s rights culture in the region;
  • - Share best practices;
  • - Implement joint projects;
  • - Make comparative analysis of Adriatic and Ionian systems for the protections of non accompanied children.

The 7th Meeting of the Governing Board of the EUSAIR took place in Brussels on 27-28 March 2018.
National Coordinators discussed about the implementation of the Presidency Programme, including activities realized up to today and the preparation works for next EUSAIR Forum to be held in Catania on 24-25 May 2018, on the state of playoff Thematic Steering Groups works, on the support to key implementers by the EUSAIR Facility Point and on the next call of the Transnational ADRION Programme.
The Adriatic and Ionian Initiative Committee of Senior Officials was held in Brussels, back to back with the GB, on 27 March. Senior Officials discussed about the support of the AII to the contribution of Stakeholders to the implementation of the EUSAIR, about the activities under the Italian Chairmanship’s Programme and the AII/EUSAIR Ministerial Meeting to be held in Catania on 24 May, in the occasion of the III EUSAIR Forum.

On Saturday 28 October, the international Conference “Financing the EUSAIR” was held in Cesenatico (Italy). The aim of the event was to create a first occasion for cooperation among EUSAIR Governance, the private sector and International Financing Institutions (IFIs).

Among them, the European Investment Bank, the Development Bank of the Council of Europe and the Italian “Cassa Depositi e Prestiti” attended the meeting that was chaired by the Italian Undersecretary of State, Sandro Gozi.

The AII Secretary General, Amb. Castellaneta attended the meeting and addressed the audience by highlighting the role of the AII supporting the participation of Adriatic and Ionian stakeholders to the macroregional process, facilitating the establishment of new partnerships for the presentation of strategic regional projects to be presented for funding to EU Programmes or to International Financing Institutions.