17th Meeting of the Thematic Management Group for Pillar 3 – Quality of the Environment, in Sarajevo from 23. until 24. in November as part of the BIH presidency of Adriatic – Ionian Initiative (AII) and EU Strategy for the Adriatic – Ionian Region (EUSAIR).
Another successfully completed workshop under the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Adriatic – Ionian Initiative (AII) and the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic – Ionian Region (EUSAIR) this time on the drafting of an Action Plan for the Protection of Biodiversity and the Sea with a special focus on the possible establishment of a protected area in the Adriatic Sea that belongs to BiH.
EUSAIR key implementers and its supporting structures meet again in Brussels, for the 19th time.
The topics on the agenda are: the Implementation of the BiH EUSAIR Programme, follow-ups of the EUSAIR Youth Consultation, the embedding process and the Revision of the EUSAIR, overview of state of play of the Annual Report of TSG, presentation of the IPA ADRION programme, EUSAIR Facility Point, EUSAIR Governance support 2021-2027 by three strategic projects and of the AII Committee of Senior Officials.
The first International Workshop of the “Promoting EU integration through sustainable agriculture and green rural development in the EUSAIR non-EU countries” project was held in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on 21st March 2023, gathering 58 experts from seven countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia).
The event was organized by CIHEAM Bari and the Directorate for European Integration of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project is funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) in support of Bosnia and Herzegovina during its Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).
The workshop focused on ‘Strengthening the promotion of innovative start-ups and job opportunities in rural areas of the EUSAIR countries’.
Representatives from 10 member countries of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR) gathered at the Termag hotel in Olympic Centar Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to discuss sustainable tourism and youth engagement in the tourism sector. Co-organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Croatia and the DEI Directorate for European Integration of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the events were held in hybrid format and aimed to prepare for the upcoming INTERREG IPA ADRION 2021-2027 programme opening call for proposals. The revision of EUSAIR Action Plan was also discussed, with implications for EUSAIR implementation in the future.
The second International Workshop on Integrated Approach to Sustainable Agriculture and Green Rural Development in the EUSAIR Region was held in Banja Luka on 19 April 2023, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy and Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari. Participants from the Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina had the opportunity to learn about the Long Term Vision of European Rural Areas by 2040 and Rural Pact, to gain insight into CAP in the new global scenario, to hear successful rural stories from the ground, as well as to share experiences and thoughts on opportunities and challenges of the rural areas.
Ms. Alexia Rouby, policy coordinator at the DG AGRI, EU
Ms. Lidija Pavić-Rogošić, member of the European Economic and Social Committee, Croatia
Mr. Fabian Capitanio, professor and scientific advisor, University of Naples, Italy
Mr. Mladen Todorović, scientific administrator, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy
Ms. Gordana Rokvić-Knežić, associate professor, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Banja Luka, BiH
Agency Jajce, BiH
Visitor Center Pecka, Mrkonjić Grad, BiH
Familiy Holding Bajić, Kneževo, BiH
Familiy Holding Salapura, Bosanski Petrovac, BiH
BiH Rural Development Network, BiH
Center for Economic and Rural Development, BiH
Workshop agenda: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bhTJSfWIad14BxbwOV2-2hMIvj2gzOVY?usp=sharing