The registration to the fully digital European Week of Regions and Cities has opened and bundles more than 500 online working sessions covering topics along the three thematic priorities: Empowering Citizens (5-9 October 2020); Cohesion and Cooperation (12-16 October 2020); and Green Europe (19-22 October 2020).

We would especially like to invite you to visit the following workshops concentrating on current priorities of the EUSAIR, organised by Unit D1 in DG REGIO:

EUSAIR strives for more  - Wed, 14 October 2020, 14:30 - 16:00 o’clock

Mobilizing ESI and IPA funds in the EUSAIR and EUSDR in post-2020 – Wed, 14 October 2020, 16:30 - 18:00 o’clock.

A more horizontal EU accession process – Thu, 15 October 2020, 11:30 - 13:00 o’clock

In addition, a focus on Interreg and IPA cross-border cooperation, and what role it can play in responding to global challenges, might also be of interest for you:

A safer and more secure Europe -  Wed, 14 October 2020, 09:30 - 11:00 o’clock

Health: Interreg NEXT and IPA CBC in action -  Thu, 15 October 2020, 09:30 - 11:00 o’clock

The workshops include Q&A sessions to exchange ideas and find possible solutions.

Form more information regarding the European Week of Region and Cities visit the official website: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/

The first AII Committee of Senior Officials under Slovenian Chairmanship will take place in Izola (via videoconference) on September 15th, at 10.00 a.m. (CEST).

The AII Permanent Secretariat Programme of the Activities will be presented together with the Priorities and indicative calendar of events of the Slovenian Chairmanship for the period 1 June 2020 – 31 May 2021.

The webinar is organized by Marche Region, as Italian Project Partner of the EUSAIR Facility Point, in cooperation with the Permanent Secretariat of the Adriatic Ionian Initiative, within the framework of the initiatives related to the celebrations of the twenty anniversary of the Ancona Charter and of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative.

The meeting will take place on August 25th, at 17 p.m. online (https://zoom.us/j/94673688640) and will focus on: “Fundamental Rights and EU Enlargement: prospects in the Adriatic Ionian Area”.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global health and socio-economic crisis, risking compromising the protection of fundamental rights. As governments gradually lift some of the measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, new fundamental rights concerns arise.

Confronted with an unprecedented health crisis, the European Union is now faced with the dilemma on how to tackle its economic impact in a joint fashion. In the meantime, after almost two years of postponement, it has given green light to the start of the accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia. The webinar will explore ways on how to advance the protection of fundamental rights while at the same time move forward with the enlargement process in the Western Balkans, especially during a period in which some setbacks have been noticed.

Please find here the agenda of the meeting.

Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week 2020 will take place from 14 to 25 September 2020 in the coastal town of Izola and remotely via the EUSAIR Stakeholders Platform.

A series of events will address the current challenges and future potentials of the Adriatic Ionian Sea and Coast.

The official opening ceremony will happen on 15 September 2020. Interested stakeholders working in the field of EU cohesion policy, EU funds and macro-regional cooperation are especially welcomed to attend the event online.

Registrations are open until 17 September 2020, but participants are advised to submit application as soon as possible. The registration form can be found here.

The Programme of the Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week 2020 can be downloaded here.

The Web-meeting on the protection and promotion of the rights of children in the Adriatic Ionian area is organized by the Office of the Marche Region Ombudsman in cooperation with the Permanent Secretariat of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative and by the Marche Region, as Italian Project Partner of the EUSAIR Facility Point.
 
The event, which will be held online (https://zoom.us/j/94673688640) on August 24th, 2020, will take place within the larger framework of the Adriatic-Mediterranean festival, a cultural event that brings together numerous musicians, writers and artists from all over the Adriatic-Ionian region in Ancona. The 2020 edition (24-29 August 2020, Ancona (Italy)) will have as its central theme the 20 years Anniversary of the Ancona Charter.
 
A web-meeting will be held on August 24th on the topic "Sharing best practices and instruments to protect children and adolescents in emergency situations - Focus on containment measures and related side effects in the Adriatic Ionian area".
 
The Ombudspersons for the rights of minors of the countries of the Adriatic Ionian Macroregion (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia) and the Italian authority for Children and Adolescents will be invited to participate.
 
Topics to be discussed during the meeting will be the following:
in a world that is facing an unprecedented global health and socio-economic crisis, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, progresses in advancing children and adolescents rights could be delayed, if not even halted. For this reason, it is important to raise the level of attention and awareness on the protection of children, in particular the most vulnerable, so that the safeguard of their best interest becomes a prerequisite for any decision or action to be taken at the institutional level.
 
The discussion will concretely focus on:
• the role of the Ombudspersons in the management of the Covid-19 emergency;
• the tasks of the Ombudspersons in the near future, following the social and relational changes that our communities are experiencing due to Covid-19;
• strengthening the role of National Authorities/Institutions for Children and Adolescents, independent and impartial bodies able to call on the institutions to answer for their actions;
• promotion and diffusion of a culture of human rights in the Adriatic Ionian Macroregion;
• raising awareness of the Ombudspersons of the countries of the Adriatic Ionian Macroregion on the protection of human rights through the strengthening of an inter-institutional network and the sharing of European projects;
• sharing of best practices on the protection of children's rights, with particular attention to the implementation of projects related to the protection of children's health.
 
Please find here the agenda of the meeting.