The registration process for Business to Business (B2B) meeting is now OPEN.

The Enterprise Europe Network, the world's largest support network for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) with international ambitions, is organizing Business to Business (B2B) meetings between organisations in the Adriatic and Ionian Region which will take place along the 2nd EUSAIR Forum on 11 May 2017 in Ioannina, Greece.

The purpose of the B2B side event is to use the FORUM as an opportunity for SMEs to meet with other SMEs within EUSAIR; to identify and develop common actions and projects; to reach relevant partners. Moreover the event will provide a great opportunity to reach out to a wide range of stakeholders from the European Commission, the Region, including national, regional and local administrations, the business sector and academia.

Please register for the B2B meeting at the official event page:


Workshop on the Role of Science/ Technology Parks and Incubators in Innovation Ecosystems - Promoting Technology Transfer and Innovation

23–24 May 2017
Thessaloniki Technology Park, Thessaloniki - GREECE


The European Commission is organising on 23rd and 24th of May 2017 the event: Workshop on the Role of Science/ Technology Parks and Incubators in Innovation Ecosystems -Promoting Technology Transfer and Innovation. 

The main focus of a two day workshop is the exchange of good practices for the development and management of Science and Technology Parks (STPs) and Incubators in the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian Macro Regions and the Western Balkan countries. Issues related to the optimal ownership and operational structure of such facilities will be discussed as well as approaches in terms of sectoral or technological profile. Exchange of best practices will be facilitated through the exploration of case studies from the region and beyond. The role of STPs and incubators in supporting smart specialisation strategies will also be considered.


The objectives of this workshop are to exchange know-how among practitioners from the region on successful practices in science parks and incubators development and management and to explore and understand the role that these can play in creating value and developing innovation ecosystems.

The workshop aims to explore the different models for STPs and incubator development and financing as well as management. It will also consider the role that various stakeholders, both private and public (industry, academia, government, the investment community, etc.) can play to generate a virtuous circle that can accelerate local economic development and drive regional competitiveness.

The focus of the workshop is on exploring best practices that can help to tackle issues and bottlenecks that are specific to the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian macro regions.

This workshop is expected to assist in streamlining the technology commercialisation and technology transfer system in all the countries concerned including member states, candidate and neighbourhood countries.

The conclusions of this meeting are also expected to feed into broader political developments, in particular in relation to the Berlin process, and the development and further integration of the economies of the Western Balkan countries. In this respect, it is expected that the outcome of this meeting will feed into discussions to be held at the Berlin Process Summit scheduled to take place in Trieste in July 2017.

Location and co-organisers

Thessaloniki has been selected to host this workshop as an example of a competitive innovation and technology transfer ecosystem for the whole region of the Western Balkans and the new Member States of Bulgaria and Romania. It also lies at the crossroads of two macro-regions: the Danube Region and the Adriatic-Ionian Region.


The event is sponsored by:

  • European Commission
  • The Region of Central Macedonia, Greece


The event is organised in association with:

  • The International Association of Science and Technology Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)
  • The Thessaloniki Technology Park
  • The i4G Incubator
  • AREA Science Park



Attendance to the workshop is by invitation only and if you intend to attend you will need to submit an expression of interest by 31st of March.

More details on the programme and the application procedure can be found at the European Commission page.

Republic of Slovenia in collaboration with the European commission, partner countries and organizations is pleased to invite you to attend the regional conference:

SEE2: SCALING UP Social Economy Enterprises
in South East Europe

24–25 April 2017
Brdo Congress Centre, Ljubljana – Slovenia

The main purpose of the conference is to boost social economy enterprises in South East Europe (SEE) region countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo*, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Romania and Bulgaria. It provides a platform for development of social economy enterprises in SEE, it acts as a forum for the exchange of public and private experience across Europe, it represents a networking opportunity and it aims to contribute to a common strategy for the region.

This unique event deals with the following horizontal issues:

  • Promoting European values through partnerships and social economy;

  • Promoting social inclusion and jobs creation through partnerships and social economy;

  • Promoting bottom up creation of regional networks through development cooperation programmes and IPA in case of candidate countries and EU sources of financing – particularly how to better use European Structural and Investment Funds to develop social entrepreneurship and social economy as a whole.

The regional conference will operate on both top-down and bottom-up levels: firstly to create and develop synergies between the states, local authorities and social economy actors; and secondly to boost social economy enterprises and identification and anticipation of their needs on the decision making policy levels. The final goal of the conference is to create a mid-term plan for boosting social economy enterprises in SEE. Participation on the conference is free of charge, you can register online HERE

Registration is available NOW and will be closed on 15th of April 2017. Get your free ticket today!
The event will took place in Brdo Congress Centre, Predoslje 39, 4000 Kranj, 15 min from Ljubljana city centre, however, we advise you to make reservation of accommodation in Ljubljana since the conference bus shuttle will be organized and networking events will take place in Ljubljana.

Welcome to SLOVENIA !

Tadej Slapnik
State Secretary


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.


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The workshop on “The Present and the Future of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism” is going to be held on 24 and 25 April 2017 in Zagreb (hotel “Palace”).

The event has a triple role:

-it is a part of the celebrations of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development,

-it is an awareness raising activity within the Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) in the framework of 10YFP,

-it is a contribution to wideningexpertise and good practices sharing in the Pillar 4, Sustainable Tourism, of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

At the same time, the event should serve as a tool contributing to the implementation of the 10YFP STP and EUSAIR Pillar 4 objectives focusing on SMEs as important stakeholders/implementers.

Please find attached the most important details related to the programme, venue, accommodation, travel, transfers, social programme as well as the registration form.

We believe the workshop represents a great occasion to celebrate the 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development together.

We are counting on your participation!



EUSAIR Pillar Coordinator for TSG-4 (Sustainable Tourism) 
Republic of Croatia, National Focal Point for UNWTO






The 2nd Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), jointly organised by the European Commission and the Hellenic Republic with the support of the EUSAIR Facility Point (strategic project financed under INTERREG V-B Adriatic-Ionian Cooperation Programme 2014-2020) will take place in Ioannina (Greece), 11-12 May 2017.

The event will reflect on the progress and achievements since the 1st Forum held in Dubrovnik in May 2016 and contribute to define the way forward in the implementation of the Strategy. Special focus will be given to Blue Growth and its interrelations with the other EUSAIR pillars: Environmental quality, Sustainable tourism and Connectivity.

The forum is a great networking opportunity, where stakeholders (European Commission and Institutions, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers responsible for EU Funds, line Ministers, national, regional and local administrations, the business sector, academia, the civil society and the general public) gather to discuss concrete suggestions, views and ideas on how to better achieve EUSAIR Strategy objectives.


A detailed programme agenda and practical information will follow shortly.

The registration will open in end March 2017.

Please be informed that the EU MACROREGIONAL STRATEGIES CONFERENCE ON MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - KNOW THY NEIGHBOUR originaly planned for 4-6 April 2017 is POSTPONED to a later date, most probably at the end of September 2017.The conference is still planed to take place at the Slovenian Coast.

We will publish information on a new date soon.

Please visit our EUSAIR website regularly for the latest updates.

In 2016 Interact launched the study ‘Added value of macro-regional cooperation: collecting practice examples (cases)’. The study is implemented by Spatial Foresight GmbH.

One of the steps within the study is to call upon a small focus group to test preliminary conclusions and recommendations made. Thus, the aim of the focus group is to debate draft results of the study and recommendations of how programmes and projects can make better use of the added value that macro-regional strategies offer to them. The focus group is scheduled for Thursday, 27 October 2016, in Brussels. If you are interested, you can find more information and the registration link:

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Kai Böhme (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dr Erik Gløersen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 12/13 May 2016 attracted more than 600 participants from the national, regional and local administrations, as well as a wide range of stakeholders (academia, business sector, civil society) of the eight participating countries, to discuss the progress so far and define the way forward.

Would you like to catch a glimpse of the Forum's ambiance shared by the actors and participants involved? Check out this video with some of the highlights of the event. 

Also, don't miss the opportunity to know more about all the debates and reflections in the various plenaries and parallel sessions in the follow-up report. Enjoy the read!

More follow-up material (including the web-streaming, presentations of the speakers, and detailed reports of the different sessions) remains available on the event website.

In a complex world, evidence-based policymaking can enhance the effectiveness of public policies. To develop the necessary skills for improving practices in better integrating evidence into policy-making, the European and African Union Commissions together with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) are organising a highly participatory evidence and policy event.

From 30 August to 2 September, participants will have the opportunity to develop their working practices, skills, behaviours and methods, in both the scientific and policy-making domains via masterclasses and group work. 

This year, JRC and IIASA  invite applications from policy officers and scientists developing policy and conducting research in the field of the Water-Energy-Food nexus. The event aims to meet the following main goals:

  • Enhance participants' skills in integrating evidence into policy-making.
  • Create a community of practice that will continue to collaborate afterwards.
  • Stimulate participants to share their new skills and learning with their colleagues.

Would you like to attend this event? More information on the European Commission website.

On 12 and 13 May 2016, more than 600 participants attended in Dubrovnik (Croatia) the 1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), jointly organised by the European Commission and the Government of Croatia.

One year and a half after the launch of this EU macro-regional strategy, the Forum gathered together the representatives of the national, regional and local administrations of the eight participating countries, as well as a wide range of stakeholders (academia, business sector, civil society) to discuss the progress so far and define the way forward.

During the opening session, the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, pointed out the key role that EUSAIR plays for a real integration and the promotion of the competitiveness in the territory. "I think this macro-regional strategy has great potential not only to increase competitiveness and connectivity in the region, but also in terms of its integration. EUSAIR promotes cooperation between the EU and non-EU countries in order to ensure that no one is left behind on the path to prosperity”, Creţu expressed.

The Dubrovnik Declaration

Back-to-back to the event, the Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miro Kovač, hosted a meeting of the Foreign Affairs ministers ‎and the ministers responsible for EU funds. The Dubrovnik Declaration adopted in the meeting calls for solidarity with the communities hit by the refugees and migrants crisis. It advocates for exploring avenues of action that the Strategy could undertake in this regard and tasks the Interreg Adrion programme to come out with concrete proposals. Regarding the Strategy's implementation, the Declaration confirms the commitment of the ministers to devote resources and promote a cross-sectoral collaboration between the countries and across the different levels of government. In order to make it operational, it also calls for a better alignment of the Strategy with the national priorities for funding.

Migration and other challenges as part of the agenda

The refugees and migrants crisis featured high in the agenda of the panel discussion between the ministerial representatives, and was also tackled in Plenary I ("For a resilient and innovative Adriatic and Ionian Region –tackling social and economic challenges") as one of the external shocks that the region is facing.

Keynote speeches of professors Jacometti (contributor of the European Commissions's Joint Research Centre) and Bianchi ‎(Regional Minister of Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy) set the scene for this Plenary. The framework of the ‎ EUSAIR was confirmed as having a great potential to act as a region wide platform to stimulate collaborative action. A concrete proposal was put forward to develop a coordination mechanism regarding migration policies in the region.

A second plenary session ("Unlocking the potential of the Adriatic and Ionian Region –the added value of multi-level governance") was devoted to discuss and analyse the ‎challenges linked to good and multi-level governance. After an introduction by Joaquim Oliveira (OECD) on the different dimensions of multi-level governance, a keynote speech was delivered in the form of a video-message by Ivan Jakovcic, Member of the European Parliament. A discussion followed afterwards on the important role to play by sub-national administrations in the Strategy's implementation. Good practices where highlighted by Slovenia as a country participating in three macro-regional strategies.

Three parallel sessions offered a platform for exchange and discussion about crucial issues connected to the four pillars of the Strategy: 1) Blue Growth, 2) Connecting the Region, 3) Environmental Quality and 4) Sustainable Tourism. Existing frameworks and funding opportunities were analysed as a starting point.  Several project ideas and proposals of action to be implemented in the EUSAIR framework were put on the table, having in mind the need to improve the governance capacity as well as the need to involve regional and local authorities, the private sector and non-profit organisations.

A Business-to-Business (B2B) session organised on the margins of the Forum by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) brought together more than 100 participants from SMEs, universities, chambers of commerce and other stakeholders, providing the opportunity for exchanges in order to find partners for projects and/or explore new business opportunities.

The Forum confirmed the potential of the Strategy, not only for increased competitiveness and connectivity in the region, but also for supporting the path to EU integration of the four participating candidate and potential candidate countries.

Have you registered to 1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) yet? We would like to inform you the programme of the event has been updated. Check out all the novelties!   

If you have not registered yet, please do so at the earliest opportunity as space will be limited. You can easily register here. The deadline for registration is 9 May.

This two-day forum, co-organised by the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 12-13 May 2016.

Visit the event's webpage on the European Commission's website.

Lastly, if you are wondering how to get to the venue, you can see all the details on the "practical information" section of the forum secretariat website.

The 1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), jointly organised by the European Commission and the Government of the Republic of Croatia, will take place in Valamar hotel, Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 12-13 May 2016. This event will take stock of the progress of the Strategy since its endorsement by the European Council in October 2014, and will contribute to define the way ahead.

Following the Launch Conference (Brussels, 18 November 2014), the governance and management structures of the Strategy have been put in place. Representatives of the eight participating countries have now a stable platform where they gather together to define the priorities for their joint work in the four thematic pillars of the Strategy: 1) Blue Growth; 2) Connecting the Region; 3) Environmental Quality; 4) Sustanaible Tourism.

The Foreign Ministers and the national authorities responsible for the EU funds of the States involved, as well as the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, will be among the speakers of the conference.

The event provides ample possibilities for networking, and represents a great opportunity to reach out to a wide range of stakeholders from the Region, including national, regional and local administrations, the business sector, the academia and the civil society at large.   We are keen to hear their views and ideas on how to move forward! Don't forget to register before 9 May.

Find the draft programme and other related information on the event website.

Registration link

Practical information and accommodation