The AII Round Table on Inter-University Cooperation in the Adriatic and Ionian Region, organized by the AII Slovenian Chairmanship in cooperation with UNIADRION and the AII Permanent Secretariat, will take place on the 17th of November 2020, h.14.00 - 16.00 (online).

During the Round Table participants will discuss the present situation and future perspectives of higher education challenges and responses in Covid time within the Adriatic Ionian Region.

Please find here the Draft Agenda of the event. 

Here the link to register to the event:  Once you register the link to participate to the Round Table will be sent to you via e-mail.

The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Università Politecnica delle Marche in collaboration with REDETE (Researching Economic Development and Entrepreneurship in Transition Economies) organises a workshop on the implementation of the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) in the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-regional Strategy (EUSAIR) on 27 October 27 2020 at 10.00 am on the EUSAIR Stakeholder Platform.

The event is planned as continuation of the previous Meeting of EU Strategy for Adriatic-Ionian Region Smart Specialization representatives, organised within Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week 2020 on 23-24 September 2020.

Ambassador Pigliapoco, AII Senior Advisor, will intervene at 10.10-10.20 with a speech on "From the Adriatic Ionian Initiative to EUSAIR: a path to integration and reconciliation in the Balkan area".


The meeting is aiming at exchanging experiences and views on how to build synergies and embed cooperation in the overlap between the EUSAIR pillars and the areas of specialisation defined within S3. It also aims at discussing the methodology adopted for the design and implementation of S3 in EUSAIR regions and countries. In recent years, S3 has become a guiding concept to make the EU more cohesive and, at the same time, to foster regions’ competitiveness. However, while Europe was close to make the next step towards more smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the CoVID-19 crisis now represents a serious challenge for its present and future. In the current debate on post 2020, it would be important to capitalise on the two pillars of the ongoing policy programmes: the transnational macro-regional strategies and the research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation. The workshop will address both the theoretical underpinnings of these two strategies as well as the problems arising from their practical implementation. It will review the experiences in the integration of the two programs and explore future challenges and potentials.


The workshop will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to exchange experiences and views on the role, the actual implementation and future opportunities of S3 in the context of the EUSAIR. The attendance to the seminar is free of charge, but participants are kindly requested to register as soon as possible on the EUSAIR Stakeholders Platform:

For more information check out the agenda of the event!

The annual Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the Central European Initiative (CEI) was held via videoconference on 24 September 2020, under the Montenegrin CEI Presidency and in cooperation with the CEI-Executive Secretariat.

The Meeting under the topic CEI Region – Transition to a New Normal was chaired by H.E. Mr. Srđan Darmanović, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, and was attended by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, State Secretaries as well as high representatives of CEI Member States. The Meeting was also attended by several Special Guests of the Presidency.

The Ministers reiterated CEI’s valuable role in fostering constructive political dialogue and project-oriented cooperation among 17 Member States, supporting European integration and sustainable development of the region. The Ministers committed to the importance of strong multilateral cooperation and coherence with all initiatives at a regional level in transition to a “new normal”, using the recovery phase as an opportunity for a better future for our societies.

AII Secretary General, Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta was also invited to participate to the meeting as representative of a regional organization, clearly sharing the same objectives as the Central European Initiative, namely to facilitate the integration process and to promote economic growth and prosperity in the region through concrete cooperation activities. Amb. Castellaneta recalled the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two Initiatives in the occasion of the Adriatic and Ionian Council, held in Budva on May 8th 2019 (under the AII Montenegrin Chairmanship), for a shared action for our respective regions.

In this regard, AII SG stressed that “there is room for synergies and for exchanging information and experiences between our intergovernmental / multilateral initiatives, starting with a process of bottom-up involvement of representatives of Civil Society (Municipalities, Universities, Chambers of Commerce) that the AII has always promoted through the mechanism of our Round Tables”.

Please find here the official statement.

The Ministers expressed their best wishes to Montenegro for the continuation of the CEI Presidency in 2021.

Si rinnova l’appuntamento con le buone pratiche di protezione civile, per scoprire cosa ciascuno può fare sul fronte della prevenzione e in situazioni di emergenza.

Domenica 11 ottobre torna, anche nelle Marche, in 22 piazze (di cui 21 virtuali), la decima edizione “Io non rischio” che apre la seconda Settimana nazionale della protezione civile. Saranno sette giorni di eventi e iniziative, a livello nazionale e locale, in cui i cittadini potranno conoscere, più da vicino, il servizio nazionale della protezione civile.

A causa delle limitazioni imposte dal Covid-19, quella del 2020 sarà un’edizione che cambia veste, sviluppandosi attraverso allestimenti in spazi fisici e digitali. Ad Ancona, dalle ore 9.00 alle 18.30, in Piazza Roma, i volontari Vab (Vigilanza antincendi boschivi), il Gruppo comunale di protezione civile e l’Agesci allestiranno uno spazio informativo, mentre in altre 21, seguendo l’hashtag #iononrischio2020, sarà possibile apprendere on line i corretti comportamenti da tenere durante le emergenze. I comuni coinvolti attraverso i canali i social saranno, nell’Anconetano: Falconara Marittima, Jesi, Monte San Vito, Montemarciano. Nell’Ascolano: Ascoli Piceno, Grottammare, San Benedetto del Tronto. Nel Fermano: Fermo, Montefalcone Appennino, Montegiorgio, Porto San Giorgio. Nel Maceratese: Caldarola/Belforte del Chienti/Camporotondo di Fiastrone/Cessapalombo /Serrapetrona/Tolentino (piazza virtuale unica), Esanatoglia, Macerata, Mogliano, Monte San Giusto, Montelupone, Recanati. Nel Pesarese e Urbinate: Cartoceto, Fermignano, Monte Grimano Terme. I volontari e le volontarie di protezione civile diffonderanno la cultura della prevenzione, sensibilizzando i propri cittadini sul rischio sismico, sulle alluvioni e maremoti.

La campagna 2020, a livello nazionale, coinvolge oltre novemila volontari e volontarie appartenenti a 972 associazioni, tra sezioni locali delle organizzazioni nazionali di volontariato, gruppi comunali e associazioni territoriali di tutte le regioni d’Italia. Per quanto riguarda le Marche, impegna duecento volontari comunicatori, appartenenti ad almeno trenta organizzazioni di volontariato che, da agosto, sono stati formati da una squadra di nove volontari formatori, per un totale di circa duemila ore formative.

Sul sito ufficiale della campagna,, è possibile consultare i materiali informativi su cosa sapere e cosa fare prima, durante e dopo un terremoto, un maremoto, un’alluvione e sul rischio vulcanico ai Campi Flegrei.

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: