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

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The B2B session aims to facilitate meetings and exchange between 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. The session is organised by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). More information:  http://b2beusair.talkb2b.net/

Report on the B2B session PDF File



Moderator: Ivana Dragičević-Veličković, Executive Producer International News, N1 News Channel, Croatia


Opening of registrations


Networking lunch


Welcome and Opening Session
Welcome speeches

  • Andro Vlahušić, Mayor of Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Nikola Dobroslavić, Governor of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Council, Croatia

Keynote addresses

  • Corina Crețu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy
  • Miro Kovač, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia and pro tempore Chair of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative (AII)

Special address

  • Željko Reiner, Speaker of the Parliament of Croatia, pro tempore Chair of the Conference of Speakers of Parliaments of the AII

Panel discussion

  • Ministers of the eight participating countries
  • EU Commissioner for Regional Policy


Coffee break


Today's challenges strongly test the capacity of countries to grow more resilient to shocks and sustained stress.  Faced with concomitant and often interconnected security, resource, climate, migration and technology issues, individual countries can no longer hope to address such complex issues in isolation. Choices need to be made, based on close cooperation and coordination with other countries exposed to similar challenges.  The Plenary session will discuss how jointly tackling the challenges at stake, developing our knowledge base accordingly, exchanging experiences, pooling resources and coordinating efforts at the EU and macro-regional levels can help building a more resilient Adriatic and Ionian Region. This is key to job creation, economic growth and environmental sustainability as common challenges for the EU and participating countries, the business community, universities and research bodies, NGOs and more generally the citizens living in the macro-region. 

Chair: Catherine Wendt, Acting Director, European Commission, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations  

Scene setter

  • Jack Jacometti, Contributor to the report of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre on "The challenge of resilience in a globalised world"
    Biography - Presentation pdf

Keynote addresses

  • Anton Kliman, Minister of Tourism, Croatia
  • Patrizio Bianchi, Regional Minister of Education, Vocational Education, University and Research, Labour, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
    Biography - Presentation pdf

Panel discussion

  • Tanja Dedovic, International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
  • Christiana Kalogirou , Governor of the North Aegean Region, Greece
  • Dimitris Dimitriadis , member and former President, European Economic and Social Committee
  • Marko Šantić, President of the Chamber of Economy of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, representing the Forum of the Adriatic-Ionian Chambers of Commerce
  • Hubert Gambs, Director, European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries



Evening reception and cultural programme

13 MAY 2016, FRIDAY



Welcome Coffee


Parallel sessions

Reconciling conflicting interests in a shared maritime space pdf

Report on Parallel Session: pdf


  • Christos Economou, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Sofia Loukmidou, Ministry of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy, EUSAIR Pillar 1 Coordinator, Greece


  • Mauro Randone, Marine Programme Officer, WWF Mediterranean, MEDTRENDS project - Presentation pdf
  • Pierpaolo Campostrini, Director of CORILA, ADRIPLAN project - Presentation pdf
  • Zeljka Skaricic, Director, PAP/RAC, UNEP - Presentation pdf
  • Nikos Anagnopoulos, Panhellenic Association for Small-Medium sized Aquaculture Enterprises - Presentation pdf
  • Mitja Bricelj, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, EUSAIR Pillar 3 Coordinator, Slovenia - Presentation pdf
  • Vesna Marohnić-Kuzmanović, Croatian Institute for Spatial Development, Croatia - Presentation pdf


  • Giacomo Luciani, European Commission, DG Environment
  • Senad Oprašić, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, EUSAIR Pillar 3 Coordinator, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Seeking enhanced cooperation in the transport and energy sectorspdf

Report on Parallel Session: pdf

Chair: Fabrizio Barbaso, expert, former Deputy Director General, European Commission

Introduction by Pillar 2 Coordinators - Presentation pdf:

  • Transport: Tatjana Jovanović, Assistant Minister, Ministry for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Republic of Serbia
  • Energy Networks: Sergio Garribba, Counsellor for Energy Policy, Ministry of Economic Development of Italy


  • Baher El-Hifnawi, Lead Transport Economist, World Bank
  • Janez Kopač, Director, Energy Community Secretariat
  • Yanni Papapanagiotou, Transport Sector Key Expert, COWI-IPF Consortium
  • Marko Senčar, Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators


  • Fabrizio Barbaso, expert, former Deputy Director General, European Commission

Smart approach for a sustainable and attractive region pdf

Report on Parallel Session: pdf

Chair: Dr. Andrea Mairate, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy


  • Blanka Belošević, Head of Department for International Cooperation, Ministry of Tourism, Croatia (panel 1)
  • Francesco di Cesare, Chairman Risposte Turismo (panel 2)

9.00-9.45: Panel 1 - EU policy framework and financial resources


  • Joanna Mouliou, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), European Commission
  • Donatella Soria, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission
  • Miroslav Veskovic , International, Inter Institutional and Stakeholder Relations, Joint Research Center (JRC), European Commission
  • Maria Spyraki, Member of the European Parliament, REGI and ITRE Committeess
  • Sonia Popa, Director General of Tourism Development - Ministry of Economy of Albania

9.45-10.45: Panel 2 - Stakeholders and transnational project experiences


  • Marija Rajaković, Head of Sector for Competitiveness, Ministry of Economy, Croatia
  • Pierpaolo Campostrini, Chairman, ICOMIA Marinas Group and Assomarinas
  • Andrea Novaković , CEO from the City of Dubrovnik Development Agency, Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian cities
  • Johannes Volkmar, International Projects, Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Pierre Frustier, Tourism Expert, Cultural Routes of Council of Europe
  • Konstantinos Nikoloutsos, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Ilia (Greece) and member of AIC Forum


  • Cinzia De Marzo, Legal advisor and expert on European sustainable Tourism


Networking Coffee break


A high degree of ownership, commitment and leadership by participating countries - as well as close cooperation and coordination among them - is a precondition for the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region to be successful. This implies recognising the Strategy as cutting across sector policies and involving every level of government. It also implies allocating sufficient and competent administrative and financial resources to carry-out the Strategy    Furthermore, an effective multi-level governance system is essential for a sound implementation and achievement of the EUSAIR goals. This Plenary session aims at highlighting available options for securing active involvement of the different actors and tiers of government, including national, regional and local authorities, member of parliaments – regional, national and European – regional organisations, economic and social actors, private sector, civil society, academia and NGOs.

Chair: Lena Andersson Pench, Director, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
Scene setter

  • Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Head of Regional Development Policy Division, Directorate of Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD
    Biography - Presentation pdf

Keynote address

Panel discussion

  • Marku Markkula*, President of the Committee of the Regions
  • Andreja Jerina, Macro-regions Coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
  • Goran Svilanović, Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council
  • Eleni Marianou, Secretary General, Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR)



Closing session
Reports from the parallel sessions

  • Christos Economou, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (Parallel session 1)
  • Fabrizio Barbaso, expert, former Deputy Director General, European Commission (Parallel session 2)
  • Andrea Mairate, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (Parallel session 3)
  • Vesna Torbarina, Senior Advisor, Croatian Chamber of Economy (B2B session)

Concluding remarks

  • Walter Deffaa, Director General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
  • Dragan Jelić, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Croatia
  • Alexis Charitsis, Deputy Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Greece


Networking lunch




The EUSAIR and the BlueMED Initiative: complementarity and mutual benefits   pdf - All Presentations pdf

Report on side-event pdf


  • Sigi Gruber, Head of Unit Marine Resources, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Luca Marangoni, Team Leader for Maritime Policy in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission


  • Fabio Fava, University of Bologna
  • Ivica Vilibic, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Croatia
  • Apostolos Sigouras, ECOMASYN Coop. Director, former CEO of NAFSOLP S.A
  • Lucio Sabbadini, Maritime Representative of the Italian National Technology Cluster on Surface Transport
  • Vangelis Papathanassious, Director, Hellenic Marine Research Centre
  • Maria Cristina Pedicchio, National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics, Italy