The Communication on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, accompanied by its Action Plan, has been adopted by the European Commission on 17 June last.

Both documents are available on the following link .

The Communication and the Action plan will be discussed in the Council with a view of its endorsement by the European Council during the Italian presidency (second semester of 2014). After this, the implementation period will formally start.

The AII Permanent Secretariat notes with satisfaction that the Communication of the Commission attaches great relevance to the work done by the AII mentioning, as the first beneficial element to the Strategy,

"the experience over more than a decade of the inter-governmental Adriatic-Ionian Initiative. Successful cooperation has already created strong links between participating countries, and spin-off regional co-operation between cities, chambers of commerce and universities"