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3rd EUSAIR Forum

CATANIA, Italy, 24-25 May 2018

»Our Region, Our Future«


The 3rd Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) will take place in Catania (Italy), on 24-25 May 2018, under the slogan »Our Region, Our Future«. 

The Forum is organised by the Italian Republic in close cooperation with the European Commission and with the support of the EUSAIR Facility Point.

The traditional annual event aims to raise visibility of the EUSAIR and reflect on the progress made since the 2nd Forum held in Ioannina in May 2017. This year's Forum will focus on the Connectivity issues, especially on challenges and opportunities for Transport and Energy networks in the EUSAIR region. 

The participants will also have the chance to discuss funding mechanisms for all four thematic pillars of the EUSAIR 
and share concrete ideas on the future prospects of the Strategy. 

Each year the Forum attracts numerous stakeholders, such as European Commission and other EU institutions, National ministries, Regional and Local authorities, Business sector, Academia and Civil society, who share views, exchange experience and discuss ways of cooperation. Side thematic meetings and cultural and social events will complete the programme of the Forum.

You are kindly invited to join us at this great networking opportunity and contribute towards further implementation of the EUSAIR Strategy.


A detailed programme agenda, venue and practical information will be published shortly.

The event registration will open at the end of March 2018.

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The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU are organizing a high-level conference on 3-4 May 2018 in Sofia (Bulgaria) titled Smart Specialisation and Technology Transfer as Innovation Drivers for Regional Growth. The event will provide an opportunity for institutions and businesses to discuss smart specialisation, technology transfer and digital economy as a priority for Europe, with a focus on South-east Europe, including the Western Balkans.

More information: http://bit.ly/2HyrKWE

Blue Invest 2018 match-making event, held on 17 May 2018 in Brussels will bring together innovators and the financial community to boost the economic potential of the ocean while protecting its marine resources. If interested in Blue economy, you the event is the opportunity to liaise with public and private financial institutions investing or willing to invest in the blue economy.

More information: https://blue-invest-2018.b2match.io/page-1391

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a call for proposals under the grant scheme for the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYROM, Montenegro and Serbia). Among others, the grant scheme aims at supporting regional/cross-border cooperation. Full text, criterias and application form is available at https://grants.mfa.no/#call/921/details .

The deadline for public consultation on the future of the EU Cohesion Policy is extended until the 9 March 2018.

Express your view on the EU Funds and EU Macro-regional strategies in the next EU Mutiannual financial framework by answering the survey here: http://bit.ly/2CZHfsb



The 7th EUSAIR Governing Board meeting and Pillar coordinators meeting will be held on 27-28 February 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.


The Silk Road starts from Venice


On 20 January 2018, the Ca 'Vendramin Calergi palace in Venice will host a conference titled “THE EUSAIR MACROREGIONAL STRATEGY FOR TOURISM AND TRANSPORT: THE MARITIME WESTERN SILK ROAD OPPORTUNITIES”. The conference is organized by the Italian Presidency of the EUSAIR macro-regional strategy and is taking place in parallel with the inauguration of the Europe China Tourism Year.

Prominent speakers from China and EUSAIR countries are going to participate at the event, including the Minister for Territorial Cohesion and Southern Italy, Claudio De Vincenti, who will deliver his closure key notes.

Conference's priority themes are focused on the development of Chinese tourism and the cruise infrastructures in the eight countries of the EUSAIR macro-region (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia) with the main purpose to encourage the debate on development and promotion of the Adriatic-Ionian region as an integral part of the Maritime Silk Road.

You can fined the latest programme attached. If interested, you can still apply here.


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Towards the Green Coast video is included in the literature package for the 2017/2018 Geography competition for Primary and Secondary Schools in Slovenia. The topic of the competition is: "Sustainable Tourism for Development".

The competition is organized by the National Education Institute Slovenia and is dedicated to pupils with a keen interest in inclusive growth, environmental protection and sustainable tourism.

Towards the Green Coast video was made for the EUSAIR »Environmental Quality« Pillar 3 priority. Done by the assistance of the EUSAIR Facility Point, the video raised attention at the 2nd EUSAIR Annual Forum in Ioannina in May 2017, the 1st EUSALP Annual Forum in Munich in November 2017 and at the Mediterranean Coast and EU macro-regional strategies week in Portorož in September 2017. 

Apart of raising awareness, building knowledge and promotional purposes, the video's inclusion in the competition's literature package is an opportunity towards strengthening the cooperation and inclusion of key stakeholders and interested public in the implementation processes and objectives of EU macro-regional strategies in general and EUSAIR in particular.

European Parliament (EP) adopted resolution of 16 January 2018 on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies (MRS). Take a look on what the EP stressed out about the current developments in the EUSAIR region and what are its emphases and proposals regarding the role of MRS in post-2020 period.




The ADRION programme Managing Authority is looking for a Communication Officer and Web Content Manager for the ADRION JOINT SECRETARIAT.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 2 February 2018.

For more information please check the ADRION programme website and the website of ERVET.

The Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Southern Italy


The Minister of Cultural Assets and Activities and Tourism (Italy)

are pleased to invite you to the event


held under the Italian Presidency of the EUSAIR Strategy and in the framework of the EU China Tourism Year.


The event will be held on 20 January 2018 in Venice,

Ca' Vendramin Calergi Palace - Casino di Venezia, Cannaregio 2040.


Please, register here.



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We have always believed that the EUSAIR has numerous potentials to be discovered and ignited.

Thank you for 2017 and let's make the best of it in 2018.


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