Facility Point

The EUSAIR Facility Point Strategic Project was set up to facilitate the implementation of the EUSAIR by providing operational support to the governance structures of the EUSAIR.

The project is implemented and financed under the priority axis 4 of the INTERREG V B ADRION – Adriatic-Ionian Transnational Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. For its operation, a total amount of 11.5 million EUR has been dedicated for the period from April 2016 to December 2022.

In terms of European territorial cooperation, the EUSAIR Facility Point is as a partnership of project partners from all of the eight EUSAIR participating countries.

The lead partner role is entrusted to the Government Office of the Republic of Slovenian for Development and European Cohesion Policy which coordinates the ministries, one regional and one local authority from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Serbia and Slovenia. Together they form a partnership of strategic project. Check partner’s contact in your country.

The EUSAIR Facility Point partnership provides support to:

  • EUSAIR Governing Board (GB),
  • 4 Thematic Steering Groups (TSGs), involving eight countries of the Adriatic-Ionian region.

Ongoing activities

Ljubljana
13. 2. 2018
Financial Dialogue
Financial dialogue meeting between the ESIF authorities and Macroregional key implementers in Slovenia discussing ways of cooperation and funding sources.
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Zagreb
12.– 13. 12. 2017
3rd meeting of the strategic project Facility Point – Steering Group
Ancona
25. – 27. 10. 2017
6th EUSAIR Governing Board meeting
Agenda of Governing Board meeting, which will take place at 26th and 27th of October 2017, includes inter alia amendments to the Governing Board’s Rules of Procedures, presentation of the Programme of the Italian EUSAIR Chairmanship and European Parliament’ fund to support the implementation of the EUSAIR, dialogue with ESIF/IPA EU Programme Authorities, EUSAIR Facility Point and Facility Point Plus. Before its beginning, three other side events will take place. Adrion Monitoring Committee members meeting in the morning on 25th of October 2017, a 3rd Joint meeting between EUSAIR Pillar Coordinators and the Adrion Monitoring Committee with the purpose of preparation of the 2nd (targeted) Call for Proposal of the Adrion Programme in the afternoon, and Technical meeting of EUSAIR Pillar Coordinators in the morning on 26th of October 2017.
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Portorož
20. – 23. 9. 2017
Mediterranean Coast and EU Macro-regional Strategies Week
During Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Week meeting of Facility Point Project partners and Inter-pillar meeting between Thematic Steering Group 1 and 3 were convened and EU Macro-regional Strategies Conference on Media and Communication - Know Thy Neighbour was organized between 20th – 22st of September 2017. The conference brought together media people, practicians, academia, general public and interested stakeholders from the four EU macro-regional strategies (Baltic, Danube, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine) to discuss how to improve the visibility of macro-regional strategies in the public sphere and how to strengthen the media support to macro-regional endeavours.
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Ljubljana
20. – 21. 6. 2017
2nd meeting of the strategic project Facility Point – Steering Group
The meeting was convened with the purpose of exchanging information on current project activities, setting an Activity Plan 2/2 2017 and 2018, and meeting an agreement on cooperation within the partnership and with Thematic Steering Groups on common issues and Work packages. Lead Partner presented the successfully transmitted Application Form from 3rd of May 2017, therefore the submission of Partnership Agreement and the template of Subsidy Contract is expected in the near future. The Project partners exchanged information about financial aspects of the project and agreed upon the focus of a strategic project, which should be put on processes development rather than specific projects.
Ioannina
11. – 12. 5. 2017
2nd EUSAIR Forum
The 2nd EUSAIR Forum was jointly organized by the European Commission and the Hellenic Republic. Around 600 participants representing national, regional and local administrations as well as a wide range of stakeholders from academia to the business sector and civil society of the eight participating countries, gathered to discuss the progress achieved so far and the way forward. It had an overall focus on Blue Growth, as one of the thematic pillars of the EUSAIR, and its interconnections with the other three thematic pillars: connectivity, environment and tourism.
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Ljubljana
15. – 16. 12. 2016
Kick-off (1st) meeting of the strategic project Facility Point
Representative of the Lead partner of the strategic project EUSAIR Facility Point has presented the process of the strategic project approval, division of the roles and responsibilities between the Lead partner, Project partner, pillar coordinator, project partner coordinator and pillar thematic expert, and the foreseen developments of the Website and Stakeholders platform. The discussion of participants addressed drafts of the Partnership Agreement and Rules of Procedure of the Facility Point Project Steering Group, and exposed the importance of financial dialogue. At the next Governing Board meeting a presentation of project’s Visual Identity and final Communication Strategy is foreseen, since the decision of its amendments was made at the kick-off meeting.
Athene
7. 10. 2016
4th EUSAIR Governing Board meeting
Dubrovnik
12. – 13. 5. 2016
1st EUSAIR Forum
The 1st EUSAIR Forum was jointly organized by the European Commission and Croatia. It set the necessary steps for further development of the Strategy.
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Ljubljana
23. 3. 2016
2nd partner meeting of the strategic project
Objectives of the meeting included update on recent activities, project draft (management structure, work plan, budget draft), partnership challenges and proposed solutions, estimation of project target groups, sustainability of project outcomes, with planning further steps at the end. Participants agreed on a preparation of 2nd draft application form.
Brussels
23. – 24. 2. 2016
3rd EUSAIR Governing Board meeting
Governing Board meeting, which took place at 24th of February 2016, included presentation of the Facility Point concept and following discussion. A day before, on 23rd of February 2016, two other side events took place. Agenda of the meeting of representatives of European Commission, Lead partner and Managing authority included timeline, partnership and project concept. Thematic Steering Groups Technical meeting on the other hand performed interviews with Pillar Coordinators.
Bologna
12. 2. 2016
Lead partner, Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat meeting
Participants defined program rules and project documentation, and prepared a timeline for project submission, assessment and approval.
Ljubljana
4. 2. 2016
1st partner meeting of the strategic project
Meeting’s objectives included partnership set up, further strategic project scoping (work packages, budget outline, open issues) and planning of the next steps.
Zagreb
7. 10. 2015
2nd EUSAIR Governing Board meeting
The Commission has completed a written procedure for identifying project partners and choosing between two offered project implementation options (i.e., a one-column or multistage model). Two partner countries have not yet appointed their project partners (Croatia and Serbia – the last one has appointed two potential institutions, which could exercise the role of a project partner). In January 2016 Olga Abram became Facility Point manager in the role of a Lead partner. In order to prepare the application for the strategic project, the company Nov'na razvoj was selected as technical assistance (14th of January 2016).
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Beograd
7. 10. 2015
Presentation of the project idea at the EUSAIR Governing Board meeting
Ancona
22. – 23. 1. 2015
1st EUSAIR Governing Board meeting
Following the adoption of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) by the European Council in October last year, the EUSAIR Governing Board held its first meeting. Main points in the agenda were the preparation of the kick-off meetings of the Thematic Steering Groups per pillar, a discussion on the general criteria for the identification and prioritization of actions/projects, and the setting up of a Facility Point for the support to the implementation of the Strategy.
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Work packages

EUSAIR Facility Point partners are responsible for the implementation of work packages, through which they jointly contribute to the implementation of the Strategy. Each workpackage has a responsible work package leader, chosen among the eight participating countries.

WP M
Management
This work package is dedicated to the overall management of the strategic project. Coordinating role is entrusted to the lead partner who guides the project partner. Decissions within the partnership are taken jointly, the progress is monitored through internal evaluation.
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WP T.1
Assistance to Governing Board and Thematic Steering Groups
The objective of this work package is to provide the key implementers - members of the Governing Board and Thematic Steering Groups - with the administrative and operational support in their coordination and implementation functions when executing the Action Plan and the objectives of the Strategy.
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WP T.2
Facilitating strategic project development and financial dialogue
Aim of this workpackage is to support the members of Thematic Steeting Groups in developing project ideas into mature strategic project concepts/proposals embedded in transnational and cross sectoral contexts, including the pooling of funds and coordinating the financial dialogue meetings between the EUSAIR key implementers, managing authorities of EU structural funds and financial institutions.
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WP T.3
Building capacities for monitoring and evaluation of EUSAIR
The purpose of this work package is to provide analytical documents, expertise and research studies to the EUSAIR key implementers in order to assist them in establishing a territorial knowledge base, in developing a framework for monitoring and evaluation and in capscity building activities for public administrations and other stakeholders to monitor, evaluate and revise the EUSAIR Strategy and its Action Plan.
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WP T.4
Developing and managing the EUSAIR Stakeholder platform
Through Stakeholder Platform the stakeholders, project beneficiaries and interested public will have the opportunity to interact and cooperate with the EUSAIR key implementers on issues concering the Adriatic-Ionian Region. The Stakeholder Platform will actively facilitate this dialogue.
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WP C
Communication
The purpose of this work package is to strengthen the visibility of the EUSAIR within the macro-region through a series of communication and awareness raising activities that will be taking place in the region.
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Country: Slovenia
Lead partner: Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy
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Contact personMs Staša Mesec
Project Manager
AddressKotnikova 5, 1000 Ljubljana
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Contact personMs Olga Abram
Deputy Project Manager
AddressŠtanjel 1a, 6222 Štanjel
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Country: Albania
Lead partner: Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of Republic of Albania
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Contact personMr Llesh Kola
Project Manager
AddressBulevardi Gjergj Fishta 6, 1001 Tirane
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Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lead partner: Directorate for European Integration of Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Contact personMs Lea Nuhić
Project Manager
AddressĐoke Mazalića 5 3, 71000 Sarajevo
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Country: Croatia
Lead partner: Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia
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Contact personMs Senka Daniel
Project Manager
AddressPrisavlje 14, 10000 Zagreb
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Country: Greece
Lead partner: Special Service for Strategy, Planning and Evaluation (EYSSA), National Coordination Authority of the NSRF, Ministry of Economy and Development
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Contact personMs Mathilde Konstantopoulou
Project Manager
AddressMitropoleos street 3, 10557 Athens
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Country: Italy
Lead partner: Marche Region – Integrated Planning, International Activities, Trade, Cooperation
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Contact personMs Donatella Romozzi
Project Manager
AddressVia Gentile da Fabriano 9, 60125 Ancona
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Country: Montenegro
Lead partner: Ministry of European Affairs
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Contact personMs Ivana Glišević Đurović
Project Manager
AddressBulevar Revolucije 15, 81000 Podgorica
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Country: Serbia
Lead partner: European Integration Office Government of the Republic of Serbia
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Contact personMr Rade Mirković
Project Manager
AddressNemanjina 34, 11000 Beograd
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Country: Slovenia
Lead partner: Municipality of Izola
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Contact personMr Iztok Škerlič
Project Manager
AddressSončno nabrežje 8, 6310 Izola
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