The first AII Committee of Senior Officials under Montenegrin Chairmanship took place in Podgorica on October 3 back to back with the 8th EUSAIR Governing Board.

The AII Permanent Secretariat Programme of the Activities was presented together with the Priorities and indicative calendar of events of the Montenegrin Chairmanship (for the period 1 June 2018 – 31 May 2019) emphasizing the important connection and integration with the “EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region”, by completing Round Tables progressive alignment to EUSAIR Thematic Steering Groups, by enhancing policy dialogue and cooperation among AII/EUSAIR participating countries.

Further topics discussed by Senior Officials were the Appointment of the Senior Official by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Amb. Jon Ivanovski, and the state of play regarding the Inclusion of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the EUSAIR (art.2 Catania Declaration).

The Committee of Senior Officials decided, inter alia, to give mandate to the Permanent Secretariat to bring forward the procedure to update the AII Guidelines and Rules of Procedure due to the entry of fYROM in the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative.

Please find here the agreed minutes of the meeting.

The 8th Meeting of the EUSAIR Governing Board took place in Podgorica on 3-4 October 2018. 
Members of EUSAIR Governing Board gathered to discuss common future development of the eight countries participating in the Strategy. Starting with the EUSAIR Programme of the Montenegrin Presidency and with the main focus on the Discussion Paper regarding the follow-up actions in response to the request from EUSAIR Ministers under point 6 of the Catania Declaration.

Additional to that, other items discussed were:

  • The outcome of the technical meeting of Pillar Coordinators;
  • Reporting on the OECD Seminar on Strengthening National Co-ordination Mechanisms for EUSAIR held the previous day;
  • EUSAIR Facility Point state of play;
  • State of play and next steps of ADRION Program;
  • State of play and events of the AI-NURECC Initiative;
  • Report of AII Secretary General, Amb. Castellaneta, on the meeting of the CSO.

Further information regarding the EUSAIR GB can be found at the following link: