Amb. Pigliapoco attended the Central European Initiative Business and experts forum on infrastructural and multimodal connectivity as factor of development and integration which took place in Milan on November 15th, 2019. The event was organized under the Italian CEI Presidency by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in association with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport as well as by the CEI-Executive Secretariat with the support of Assolombarda.

Around 150 participants from public institutions, enterprises, banks, the European Commission and experts from CEI Member States, gathered in Milan for the Forum.

Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Paola De Micheli, highlighted that Infrastructure has a fundamental role to play in connecting Italy to Europe, and the rest of the world, and is actually an essential instrument to support the economies of all countries. […] There is an opportunity to enter into real partnerships with the CEI countries to make big investments. I am thinking in particular of the role of the Italian port and the railway connections;

The participants had the chance to analyze the development potential of land (road and railway networks) and sea connections, as well as projects for ports, strengthening economic relations and trade flows also in light of the potential development of large global land and sea trade routes. Special attention was also paid to macro-regional policies and sustainable technological solutions, transit connections as well as financial instruments for the realization of connectivity projects in the area.

The Union for the Mediterranean hosted the Annual Coordination Meeting of Regional Organisations on 13 November 2019, with the aim of guaranteeing the complementarity of their work and the pursue of their mutual objectives with better results and greater impacts.

Amb. Pigliapoco, AII Senior Advisor, took part of the meeting together with representatives of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), the Central European Initiative (CEI), the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

In the face of the climate emergency that is affecting the Euro-Mediterranean region, the UfM Secretariat took this opportunity to give a special focus to the identification of joint actions and initiatives in the field of Climate Action, calling for increased synergies to tackle the pressing challenges faced in the region.

Representatives from AII, CBSS, BSEC and CEI presented their current activities within their climate portfolios, and agreed, together with the UfM Secretariat, to create a network of focal points, through which synergies will be speedily identified. They further recognized the need of working together on awareness-raising and on inviting other regional organisations operating in the wider Euro-Mediterranean region and beyond to join the initiative.

The next coordination meeting will be hosted by BSEC’s Permanent International Secretariat in 2020 in Istanbul.

The AII Round Table on “The Intermodal Connections to the Hinterland within the Adriatic Ionian Region”, organized by the AII Serbian Chairmanship together with the EUSAIR Thematic Steering Group 2, will take place in Belgrade on November 20th 2019.

Please find here the Draft Agenda of the event.

 

The AII Roundtable on Environmental Protection on the topic "Development of joint management plans for cross-border habitats and ecosystems with particular reference to large carnivores", organized by the Serbian Ministry of Environmental Protection with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, the AII Permanent Secretariat and the EUSAIR Thematic Steering Group 3, will take place in Belgrade on December 17th 2019 (venue: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kneza Miloša Street no. 24 (room 208), Belgrade, Republic of Serbia).

The scope of the roundtable is fully aligned with the ‘EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region’ and its Action Plan and it will address the protection and preservation of terrestrial habitats and ecosystems by development of joint management plans, in particular transnational habitats and landscape elements of central importance for large carnivores. The discussion will put a focus on participating country commitments and obligations under national legislation, the EU nature protection acquis and the corresponding multilateral environmental agreements.

The draft Agenda will be uploaded shortly.

The AII Round Table on "Labour Force Emigration", organized by the AII Serbian Chairmanship with the support of the AII Permanent Secretariat, will be held in Belgrade on November 21st 2019 and will be chiared by the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Zoran Đorđević.

Main topic of disccussion will be the economic migrations in the Adriatic-Ionian Region.

Please find here the Draft Agenda of the event.