ABOUT EUSAIR

The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the European Commission and endorsed by the European Council in 2014. The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission and the Adriatic-Ionian Region countries and stakeholders, which agreed to work together on the areas of common interest for the benefit of each country and the whole region.

Strategy

The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region is one of the four EU macro-regional strategies, besides the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (2009), the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (2011) and the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (2016).

The EUSAIR covers eight countries: four EU Member States (Croatia, Greece, Italy, Slovenia) and four non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia).

Background and objectives

The general objective of the EUSAIR is to promote economic and social prosperity and growth in the region by improving its attractiveness, competitiveness and connectivity. With four EU members and four non EU countries the strategy will contribute to the further integration of the Western Balkans.

The participating countries of the EUSAIR agreed on areas of mutual interest with high relevance for the Adriatic-Ionian countries, being it common challenges or opportunities. The countries are aiming to create synergies and foster coordination among all territories in the Adriatic-Ionian Region in the four thematic areas/ pillars:

Milestones

EUSAIR Facility Point Project Partners Kick-off meeting in Ljubljana
2016
15 - 16 December
EUSAIR Facility Point Project Partners Kick-off meeting in Ljubljana
Launch Conference of the EUSAIR in Brussels.
2014
18 November
Launch Conference of the EUSAIR in Brussels.
Endorsement of the EUSAIR by the European Council and launch of the implementation phase
2014
24 October
Endorsement of the EUSAIR by the European Council and launch of the implementation phase
European Commission adopts the Action Plan and Communication for the EUSAIR.
2014
17 June
European Commission adopts the Action Plan and Communication for the EUSAIR.