The AII Round Table on Energy Inter-Connections in the Adriatic and Ionian Region, organized by the AII Serbian Chairmanship together with the EUSAIR Thematic Steering Group 2, will take place in Belgrade on November 20th 2019.

The main topic which will be discussed and debated during the Round Table is electricity and natural gas interconnections and markets through the Adriatic-Ionian countries. Focus is on new and proposed projects and regulatory measures for better regional integration. European Union priorities including response to global climate change, increasing digitalisation of the energy systems, and commitment to low-carbon energy technologies will be in the background.

Please find here the Draft Agenda of the event.

The AII Round Table on Inter-University Cooperation in the Adriatic and Ionian Region will take in Belgrade, Serbia on the 20th of November 2019, organized by the AII Serbian Chairmanship together with UNIADRION.

During the Round Table the following thematic topics will be discussed and debated:

  1. The situation of inter-university cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian Region and Uniadrion cooperation proposals;
  2. Programs and tools to support interuniversity cooperation in education, research and technology transfer.

Please find here the Draft Agenda of the event. 

The Adriatic IoNIan GaMes For Social InclUSion, a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, will be held in Ancona from the 27th to the 29th of September.

The event is promoted and organized by the City of Ancona with the support of Marche Region, Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities, the School Authority Office for the Marche Region – M.I.U.R., the CONI, Forum AIC, the Italian Navy, the Permanent Secretariat of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative, the AICCRE (Italian Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions – CEMR), the CIP (Italian Paralympic Commitee), EURES – European Employment Services, Europe Direct – Marche Region, UNICAM, UNIURB, TECLA, AVIS, USS, CSV Marche, IgersItalia, Commission for equal opportunities – Marche Region, SAPE and Network Città Sane.

More than 1000 athletes (15-16 years old) coming from sixteen countries of the Adriatic and Ionian, Baltic and Danube Region will compete in 10 different sporting disciplines (Albania, Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia).

The main objective of A.NI.M.US is to strengthen the role played by sport in social inclusion and cohesion within the Adriatic Ionian Region thanks to the empowerment of cities and volunteer organisations. The network of cities and organisations involved will contribute to improve the collaboration, capacity building and spreading of best practices on inclusive sport and to strengthen social and cultural cohesion.

Within the event an Info-Kiosk will be organized to raise awareness on the relevance of the EUSAIR – EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region and the key role of its main stakeholders in fostering the sound implementation of its Action Plan.


Friday 27 September

16.00 - 19.30

Saturday 28 September

10.00 – 13.00 / 15.00 - 19.30

Sunday 29 September

10.00 – 13.00 / 15.00 – 19.30


At the Info-Kiosk representatives of the following associations will be available in order to inform about the project and their work:

AII-PS - Adriatic and Ionian Initiative Permanent Secretariat

FAIC - Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities

Forum AIC - Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce

UniAdrion - Association of Universities of the Adriatic-Ionian Area

CPMR - Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions

AIE - Adriatic Ionian Euroregion

The first AII Committee of Senior Officials under Serbian Chairmanship took place in Belgrade on October 21st back to back with the first session of the 10th EUSAIR Governing Board.

The AII Permanent Secretariat Programme of the Activities was presented together with the Priorities and indicative calendar of events of the Serbian Chairmanship (for the period 1 June 2019 – 31 May 2020) emphasizing the important connection and integration with the “EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region”, focusing on the interconnectivity sector (between the coastal areas and the hinterland of the Macroregion and vice-versa), on the dialogue with civil society and on responses to labour migration.

Particular focus has also been reserved to several key priorities: infrastructure connectivity, promotion of cooperation in the areas of culture and creative industries, sustainable tourism and youth exchange, but also protection of the environment, blue growth and cooperation in the fields of science and education.

Further topic discussed by Senior Officials was the report on the meeting of the Fora of Civil Society (Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities) plus the AII permanent Secretariat with the AII Serbian Chairmanship held in Belgrade on September 4th. AII Senior Advisor, Amb. Pigliapoco, highlighted that it was the first time in the AII history that a new Chairmaship in office met the Fora of Civil Society at its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meetings demonstrated a growing awarness of the role and the contribution that the Civil Society is increasingly bringing – also through their involvement in the AII Round Tables - to the EUSAIR Strategy process.

The AII Secretary General also informed Senior Officials about the AII 20th Anniversary Celebrations. Amb. Castellaneta recalled that next year (2020) the 20th Anniversary of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative and of the Charter of Ancona (signed on May 2000), which has represented a watershed after a period of difficult conflicts and crisis in the area, will take place. The aim of the celebrations is not only to recall the successes of the past, but also posing the accent on the future of the Initiative, on the interest that it continues to arise and on its "attractiveness", as demonstrated in recent years by the inclusion of new Participating Countries.

The agreed minutes of the CSO will follow shortly.

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