Adriatic – Ionian region

The Region is a functional area primarily defined by the Adriatic and Ionian Seas basin. Covering also an important terrestrial surface area, it treats the marine, coastal and terrestrial areas as interconnected systems. With intensified movements of goods, services and peoples owing to Croatia’s accession to the EU and with the prospect of EU accession for other countries in the Region, port hinterlands play a prominent role. Attention to land-sea linkages also highlights impacts of unsustainable land-based activities on coastal areas and marine ecosystems.

Mission, objectives

Home to more than 70 million people, the Region plays a key role in strengthening geographical continuity in Europe. The Strategy builds on the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and forms close cooperation with it.

Connecting people and institutions to build a common understanding of cooperation for a harmonised, integrated and sustainable region.
Joint multi-level solutions for common challenges towards a stronger Adriatic and Ionian region.
EUSAIR priorities/flagships were proposed as solutions for the main challenges of macro-regional importance consistent with national needs, as well as with the EU policy objectives for a greener, low-carbon and more connected Europe. Countries will meet concrete actions at national level to follow common goals/solutions for the region. Flagships are more thoroughly presented HERE.

Participating countries

EU Member States

  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Slovenia

Non-EU Countries

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • North Macedonia
  • San Marino