Round Table with Johannes Hahn and Maria Damanaki, on the launch of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region
Type: Complete press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 18 June 2014, Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, participated in the round table in the framework of the launch of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region. In the form of a Communication and an Action Plan, the new EU Strategy aims to help its 70 million residents to reap the benefit of closer cooperation in areas like promoting the maritime economy, preserving the marine environment, completing transport and energy links and boosting sustainable tourism. The Strategy will also provide a valuable opportunity for would-be members and candidates of the EU to work alongside EU members, in particular contributing to the integration of the Western Balkans into the EU.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, (in ENGLISH) saying that working together to tackle common challenges and promote shared potential makes great sense. The Adriatic Ionian will be Europe's third macro-regional strategy. The countries involved should learn lessons from the Baltic Sea and Danube Strategies, namely the importance of focusing on a few priorities with strong political leadership, if it is to have a real impact. In a region that has seen some of Europe's most serious recent conflicts, the Adriatic Ionian Strategy, with its cooperation between EU and non-EU neighbouring countries, could also play an important part in helping the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union.
||Soundbite by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, (in ENGLISH) saying that there is a strong blue dimension in this strategy; Thanking Commissioner Hahn and its team for the work that they achieved and their cooperation; Saying that now they have to work with the EU Member States in order to finalise the project; Thanking people for their interest in this project and saying that they have already received 1000 contributions in the consultation procedure towards this strategy that shows the huge interest to this project; On the Blue Growth Strategy and the Blue Dimension.