Three meetings to learn - and better understand - the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion, to offer ideas and food for thought on that area that lies between Italy and the Balkans. The meetings, named "Dialogues between the two shores", organized in collaboration with the Permanent Secretariat of the Adriatic Ionian Initiative, will be held at 6.00 pm at the AII headquarter in Ancona and at the Port Authority premises, coordinated by the journalist Matteo Tacconi, and will see the participation of many international guests.


1st Meeting - August 29th h.18.00 (Central Adriatic Ports Authority seat)

“Ports and transports”

Special guests

Zeno D’Agostino, President of Port System Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, President of Assoporti, the Italian Association of Ports, and Vice President of European Sea Port

Rodolfo Giampieri, President of the Central Adriatic Ports Authority


2nd Meeting – August 30th h. 18 (AII Permanent Secretariat Seat)

“Sustainability and tourism in the Adriatic”

Special guests

Fabio Vallarola – Director of Parco del Cerrano Marine Protected Area and Coordinator of AdriaPan

Marco Affronte – former MEP

Mara Jurisic - President of Pokret Otoka (Croatia)


3rd Meeting - August 31st h.18.00 (AII Permanent Secretariat Seat)

"Adriatic city and identity"

Special guests

Nicola Pedrazzi - Journalist of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso

Gino Sabatini - President of the Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce

Egidio Ivetic - Professor of modern history, University of Padua

The Adriatic Mediterranean Festival - the cultural festival gathering in Ancona a number of musicians, writers and artists coming from all over the Adriatic-Ionian Region and the Mediterranean – will take place from Wednesday 28 August to Saturday 31 August in Ancona.

The Adriatic Mediterranean Prize, which is awarded every year to the personalities who commit themselves to culture and rights in the Mediterranean and the Balkans, in 2019, is attributed to the Italian musician and composer Enzo Avitabile. The award aims to be a recognition of the value of culture and art as an element of peace, knowledge and dialogue between cultures with a particular attention to social issues.

The Award ceremony will be held at the seat of the Permanent Secretariat of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative on Wednesday 28th of August (h. 6.30 p.m.).

For more information about the festival, visit the official website

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CEI Member States held their annual meeting in Trieste (Italy) on June 11th-12th 2019 under the Italian CEI Presidency. The gathering - entitled Central European Initiative at thirty and towards the future: common vision, shared values, European standards, strong regional cooperation - was chaired by H.E. Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

Security, fight against corruption, sustainable development, stronger infrastructure and energy sector connections were the topics discussed during the meeting.

AII Secretary General, Ambassador Castellaneta, stressed that the AII as well as the “EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region”, clearly share 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. “The AII, which will turn 20 years old next year, will continue to foster cooperation and synergies among our Participating Countries in topics which are the future of the Adriatic and Ionian Region, such as Blue Growth, Infrastructures and Connections, Sustainable Environment and Culture, but also anti-corruption, youth policies, and migration and the protection of unaccompanied children” said Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta. (full speech here).

The Meeting witnessed the adoption of the Trieste Declaration, including specific areas for further cooperation. In particular, two salient initiatives upon which to follow up were agreed upon, i.e. a possible establishment of a CEI Local Dimension; and development of a “CEI Agenda for the Youth”. Furthermore, the Trieste Declaration welcomes the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the CEI and the AII.

The second edition of the Summer school on “Migration and mobility in the Balkans”, organized by UniAdrion and the Marche Polytechnic University is going to take place in Ancona (Italy) form the 9th to the 13th of September 2019.

The school intends to provide an intensive training course for Master and PhD students, young researchers and officers who are interested in the current economic and socio-demographic situation of the Balkans.         
The main focus of the lectures will be on migration and mobility dynamics. Lecturers will discuss the past and current trends in such phenomena, their socio-economic determinants and effects with a specific reference to the Balkan region. An interdisciplinary approach will be adopted by covering a wide range of disciplines: economics, sociology, geography, demography, political science and international relations.

The school is organized as part of the UniAdrion activities and will encourage an integrated dialogue among young scholars coming from Universities of the Adriatic - Ionian region. The exchange will benefit also from the presence of a distinguished Faculty made up of experts in migration research and/or in the economic and social analysis of the Balkan region.

This year edition will host lecturers of key relevance in the European academic scenario, such as Russel King, from Sussex University, Milica Uvalic, from the University of Perugia, Giulia Bettin, from Marche Polytechnic University, Stefano Bianchini, from the University of Bologna, Eralba Cela, from the University of Milan and INRCA, and others.

The Summer school fee, as well as meals and accommodation, will be covered by Marche Polytechnic University, whereas travel expenses to and from Ancona will be on participants. 

Please find attached below the official call and the application form. The deadline for submission is July 10, 2019.

All details and further information are available at:


Call for application - UniAdrion Summer School Second Edition

Application Form

UniAdrion Summer School 2019 - flyer

In the framework of the Italian CEI Presidency, the Meeting of the Parliamentary Committee of the CEI Parliamentary Dimension under the title “Strengthening the local dimension of the Central European Initiative” took place in Trieste on 27-28 May.

The meeting focused on how to develop an ever closer and more effective connection with regional and local authorities, thus creating a privileged relationship with them and further enhancing cooperation, considering that “local and regional authorities represent the governance level closest to the citizens and could provide a significant contribution to the EU integration process”, as stated by CEI Secretary General Roberto Antonione,

Ambassador Pigliapoco, AII Senior Advisor, participated to the session entitled “Acting locally for the CEI: the role of the local and regional authorities in supporting the CEI objectives” addressing the audience as keynote speaker reporting on the experience of the Adriatic & Ionian Initiative in this specific field. The AII has indeed developed over the years strong links especially with the three Fora of the Civil Society based in Ancona (Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities).

As underlined by Amb. Pigliapoco, the Macroregional strategy is founded on the principle of subsidiarity, therefore the relations with local, regional authorities, universities, economic actors (Chambers of Commerce) together with the civil society are central to the EUSAIR and to achieve AII objectives.

Participants ended their meeting with the approval of the Final Document.