1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)

This page serves as a repository of information on the 1st EUSAIR Forum, including its outcomes. Please follow the links on the right-hand menu to access the report on the Forum and its thematic sessions and side events, the presentations, as well as, the conference video and photo gallery.


The 1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), jointly organised by the European Commission and the Government of Croatia, will take place in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 12/13 May 2016. This event will take stock of the progress of the Strategy since its endorsement by the European Council in October 2014, and will contribute to define the way ahead.

Following the Launch Conference (Brussels, 18 November 2014), the governance and management structures of the Strategy have been put in place.  Representatives of the eight participating countries have now a stable platform where they gather together to define the priorities for their joint work in the four thematic pillars of the Strategy: 1) Blue Growth; 2) Connecting the Region; 3) Environmental Quality; 4) Sustainable tourism.

The Foreign Ministers and the national authorities responsible for EU funds of the States involved, as well as the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy will be among the speakers of the conference.

The event provides ample possibilities for networking, and represents a great opportunity to reach out to a wide range of stakeholders from the Region, including national, regional and local administrations, the business sector, the academia and the civil society at large.   We are keen to hear their views and ideas on how to move forward!

EUSAIR dedicated website

Back-to-back meetings

Three meetings will take place back to back with the Forum:

A Ministerial meeting gathering the Ministers of Foreign and European Affairs, and the national authorities responsible for EU funds of the eight participating countries, with the participation of the European Commission, will give renewed political impetus to the Strategy, providing overall direction, setting priorities and taking key decisions for the effective implementation of the Strategy.

Dubrovnik Declaration PDF File

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is organising a Business-to-Business (B2B) session back-to-back with the EUSAIR Forum on 12 May 2016 (9-12:30 h). The session will bring together SMEs, universities, chambers of commerce, clusters and other stakeholders in the Adriatic and Ionian Region, with the objective to find partners for new projects and/or explore new business opportunities.

Report on the B2B session PDF File

Contact: Mrs. Jelena Ravlic
e-mail: jravlic@hgk.hr
+385 1 4561 763
Croatian Chamber of Economy
Enterprise Europe Network

Specific on-line registration is required. Click here to register
More information: http://b2beusair.talkb2b.net/

The European Commission (DG REGIO) is organising a technical meeting on 12 May 2016 (9:00-11:30 h) which brings together EUSAIR key implementers (National Coordinators, Pillar Coordinators, Thematic Steering Group members), ESIF/IPA Programme Authorities and European Commission representatives with the aim to initiate a sustained dialogue for the funding of projects with macro-regional value.

Participation is by invitation only.

Concept and draft programme
Discussion paper
All presentations

Report on Technical meeting PDF File