EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

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    REGISTER NOW ! For the first time, a non-EU country will hold the 4th EUSAIR Annual Forum, which will take place in Budva (Montenegro), the 7th and 8th May 2019. 

    Under the motto “Integration for the people, development for the region”, the Montenegrin Presidency takes the opportunity to bring discussions on crucial topics for the development of the Adriatic and Ionian region.

    Among several side events and highlights, stakeholders will discuss “sustainable tourism” and “blue growth” within the two plenary sessions. In addition, workshop sessions will be dedicated to Research and Innovation.

    Moreover, don’t miss the chance to participate to the B2B session that will bring together for the first time, stakeholders from the four EUSAIR pillars. The event is organised by Enterprise Europe Network in cooperation with the European Commission-DG GROW

    For more information, check out the agenda and register before the 29th of April 2019!

    Did you know that cooperation in the Danube region is supporting sturgeons’ conservation efforts, in addition to helping young entrepreneurs to finance their projects? Could you imagine that Slovenia manages to take advantage of fishery opportunities thanks to cooperation within the Adriatic and Ionian region? Were you aware that EU Strategy for the Alps supports the Bohinj tourism initiative, which certifies geographical origin, uniqueness, originality and local specialty of products?

    You will find on National RTV Slovenia more than 20 videos illustrating the benefits of cooperation across various sectors within the three Macro-regional strategies. Slovenia is a member of three macro-regional strategies out of four: the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), and the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP).

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    Routes4U Project is a joint programme between the Council of Europe (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes) and the European Commission (Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy). The project fosters regional development through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme in the four EU macro-regions, according to the Faro Convention.

    This second call for experts aims to achieve gender and regional balance in our experts database, completing the list set up during our first call for experts. We are seeking professionals in the following fields of expertise:

    • Regional development and/or sustainable growth;
    • Social participation and/or cohesion;
    • Cultural cooperation;
    • Sustainable tourism;
    • Protection of natural and cultural heritage;
    • Communication and/or public relation work.

    The experts should have a thorough country-specific knowledge in at least one of the following countries: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden and/or Ukraine.

    The experts will be required to carry out a variety of tasks, such as:

    • Research on existing macro-regional policies in the field of the Cultural Routes as well as elaboration of new policies, guidelines or recommendations.
    • Study on the economic, touristic and political situation in the four macro-regions, identifying challenges, opportunities and needs.
    • Training on subjects related to the Cultural Routes such as marketing, sustainable tourism, small and medium-size entrepreneurships

    Deadline for application: 15 August 2018

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The European Council of 13-14 December 2012 requested the European Commission to present a new EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) before the end of 2014.

Building on the lessons learnt and experience from the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the Commission adopted on 17 June 2014 a Communication on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region, accompanied by an Action Plan . The Strategy incorporates the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, adopted by the Commission on 30 November 2012.

The Strategy was endorsed by the General Affairs Council on 29 September (see Council Conclusions) and subsequently by the European Council on 24 October 2014.

For news and information on the activities and progress of the Strategy, please visit the EUSAIR's dedicated website

To get in contact with the team in DG REGIO please send an e-mail to