The EUSAIR stakeholder platform is conceived as the most important tool of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR) to increase stakeholder engagement, coordination and implementation process. The Platform is managed by Marche Region - Integrated Planning, International Activities, Trade and Cooperation Department - in the framework of the strategic project “Supporting the governance of the EUSAIR: Facility Point””.
Through the Stakeholder Platform stakeholders, project beneficiaries and interested public will have the opportunity to interact and cooperate with EUSAIR key implementers on issues concerning the Adriatic-Ionian Region, actively facilitating this dialogue.

More in details, the EUSAIR Stakeholder Platform is conceived as a virtual place that supports a two-way "vertical" communication flow between stakeholders and EUSAIR key implementers (GB and TSGs) and vice-versa, while, on the other side, it supports a “horizontal” communication among stakeholders (e.g. an on-line forum).

The Stakeholder Platform is addressed both to key implementers of the EUSAIR governance and to local, national and transnational stakeholders and it:

  • provides virtual infrastructure for mobilising, engaging and interacting with the EUSAIR stakeholders to broaden the sense of ownership of the Strategy/Action Plan and to strengthen its democratic legitimacy
  • serves as an awareness raising and networking online tool and complements other implementation WPs
  • enables the TSGs to engage in on-going consultation with non-state actors regarding the implementation of the Action Plan, Strategy long-term priorities, project idea generation, etc.
  • provides cost-effective collaboration options for the governance structures (e.g. conference calls, collective skyping). It enables online access to different resources, information, databases and tools/applications.

Please find here the link to the SP webpage and the link to the SP video tutorial on how to use it and subscribe to it:

The joint 4th Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) and 2nd Fora of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities will take place in Budva (Montenegro), on 7-8 May 2019, under the slogan “Integration for the people, development for the region”.

The EUSAIR Forum is organised by Montenegro in close cooperation with the European Commission and with the support of the EUSAIR Facility Point.

The traditional annual event aims to raise visibility of the EUSAIR and reflect on the progress made since the 3rd Forum held in Catania in May 2018.The Forum will be preceded by the Adriatic and Ionian Council/EUSAIR Ministerial Meeting (event reserved to Ministers and their delegations).
This year's Forum will focus on the topics related to the field of Tourism and Blue Growth.
The participants will also have the chance to discuss funding mechanisms for all four thematic pillars – Blue Growth, Connecting the Region, Environmental Quality, and Sustainable Tourism - of the EUSAIR and share concrete ideas on the future prospects of the Strategy.

Each year the Forum attracts numerous stakeholders, such as European Commission and other EU institutions, National ministries, Regional and Local authorities, Business sector, Academia and Civil society, who share views, exchange experience and discuss ways of cooperation.
Side thematic meetings and cultural and social events will complete the programme of the Forum.

A detailed programme as well as indications on programs and logistics for the meetings will follow shortly.
The event registration will be open soon.

The first “AII Troika plus AII Permanent Secretariat” meeting took place in Tivat (Montenegro) on February 7, 2019, organized by the AII Montenegrin Chairmanship.

During the working meeting, which saw the participation of representatives of past, present and future AII Chairmanships (Italy, Montenegro, Serbia) the following topics have been discussed:

- Information regarding recent events under the Montenegrin Presidency

- Calendar of the upcoming activities and organization of forthcoming events

- Adriatic and Ionian Council (Budva, 6-8 May)

- Preparation of Budva Declaration

- Ad hoc areas of cooperation (youth, anticorruption, migration)

- Strengthening cooperation with regional initiatives/organizations

Furthermore, the AII Permanent Secretariat together with the Montenegrin Chairmanship had the occasion to meet the Major of Tivat, Prof. Dr. Siniša Kusovac, which expressed his interest for the inclusion of the City of Tivat in the Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Cities. The second Joint Conference of Civil Society Fora (Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities), which will be held in Budva on May 6-8, will be in this regard a great opportunity for the Municipality of Tivat to meet and discuss on the official joining of the Forum.

The second AII Committee of Senior Officials under Montenegrin Chairmanship took place in Brussels on February 20 back-to-back with the first session of the 9th EUSAIR Governing Board.

After a brief report on the meeting of AII Troika plus Permanent Secretariat held in Tivat on February 7, AII Senior Officials discussed about the achievements of the Presidency up to now and the planned activities until the end of the Presidency in May.

The Montenegrin Chairmanship presented to the CSO a productive calendar of upcoming activities that foresees:

  • Round Table on Transport and Energy Connections;
  • Round Table on Environmental Protection;
  • Round Table on Tourism and Culture, back-to-back with the meeting of EUSAIR TSG 4;
  • Round Table on Inter-University cooperation;
  • Regional Conference on prevention of corruption;
  • Ministerial Conference on Youth in cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro;
  • 16th Conference of the Speakers of Parliaments in Budva on 18-19 of March;
  • Second Joint Conference of the Fora of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities to be held in Budva on 6-8 May, organized by the Montenegro Chamber of Commerce;
  • III Committee of the AII Senior Officials (Budva, 6-7 May);
  • Adriatic and Ionian Council (Budva, 8 May).

Further topics discussed were the next Adriatic and Ionian Council/EUSAIR Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting, which will be held in Budva on 6-8 of May 2019 and the preparation of the Budva Declaration.

The Chairmanship together with AII Secretary General Amb. Castellaneta also informed Senior Officials about the official request by the Republic of San Marino to join the AII.

The agreed minutes of the CSO will follow shortly.

The 9th Meeting of the EUSAIR Governing Board took place in Brussels on 20-21 February 2019. 
This meeting was a milestone also because of the invitation of the Republic of North Macedonia, which was warmly welcomed by its neighbouring country Greece.    
Regarding the core of the EUSAIR GB, the discussion on a follow-up of the Catania Declaration and the upcoming 4th EUSAIR Forum needs to be highlighted.

Launch of the 2nd ADRION call for Axes 1 and 3 was also announced by ADRION Programme together with the EUSAIR Stakeholder Platform by the Marche Region.

Furthermore, Amb. Castellaneta took the floor to report on the meeting of the CSO held the previous day and on the outcome of the Joint Conference – Fora of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities (16-18 October 2018, Split).

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

The main purpose of the Ecapital Culture – Adriatic Start-up School project is the economic development of cultural tourism in the Adriatic–Ionian Macro Region, throughout the creativity and resourcefulness of young people who want to set up a business.

The project ECAPITAL CULTURE – Adriatic Start up School takes inspiration from ECAPITAL – Business Plan Competition, which since 17 years promotes the creation of innovative enterprises in the Marche region (Italy), involving young university students in the launch of business projects. More than 100 enterprises were born thanks to this project, involving more than 500 young workers.

Ecapital Culture is a training path oriented to the development of innovative start-up working in the cultural tourism field and aimed to enhance the cultural heritage of the Adriatic-Ionian Macro Region. The primary objective of the project is to create the conditions so that the young people, making use of their skills and their creativity, can achieve their own business idea. The project represents a real opportunity to develop the economy of this area and to increase professional employment with start-up creation.

The third edition of the project, promoted and financed by the Marche Foundation, Marche Region, Marche Chamber of Commerce, Marche Polytechnic University and the Municipality of Ancona, is a great opportunity for young future entrepreneurs, who will have the opportunity to attend the School in Ancona for 2 months (from the 6th of May 2019 to the 28th of June 2019); enrolment in the School (for all students) and permanence in Ancona (for non-Marche students) will be totally free, thanks to the scholarships made available by the Marche Foundation and the project partners.

The call for ideas is addressed to 20 young people, especially from the 8 countries of the Adriatic-Ionian Macro Region (including Adriatic Regions in Italy and excluding people coming from the Marche region in Italy, who will be object of a different dedicated Call).

The Calls will be open from the 15th of January 2019 to the 17th of March 2019 while the training will take place at the Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona from 6th of May to 28th of June 2019.

The selected candidates will attend a 8-weeks training course, aimed at developing the skills for the realization of a Business Plan in the cultural field and the creation of a start-up for the enhancement of the cultural heritage of the Adriatic-Ionian Macro Region area. The training course includes lectures, workshops, case histories and studios on the following areas: development and implementation of the business plan, enhancement techniques for a start-up project, cultural planning and launching a start-up. Tutors will be available to participants on a daily basis to support the development of their business idea, search for data and information and the planning process. For all participants assistance in identifying potential financial partners for the realization of the business projects is also provided.

For detailed information on how to apply check the website and read carefully the presentation brochure attached.