The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the European Commission and endorsed by the European Council in 2014. The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission, together with the Adriatic-Ionian Region countries and stakeholders, in order to address common challenges together. The Strategy aims at creating synergies and fostering coordination among all territories in the Adriatic-Ionian Region (Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegoiva and Serbia).
The general objective of the EUSAIR is to promote economic and social prosperity and growth in the region by improving its attractiveness, competitiveness and connectivity. The Strategy plays an important role in promoting the EU integration of Western Balkans.
It is built on 4 thematic pillars: Blue growth, Connecting the region, Environmental quality, Sustainable tourism.
Commitment of the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion
The AIE, as the largest network of regional and local authorities in the area, has followed and promoted, since the beginning phases, the EUSAIR process, pushing the adoption of the strategy to the European Institutions and Members states and providing key contributions to the consultation process.
13-14 December 2012: The European Council invites the European Commission to develop a strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian area.
January 2013-February 2014: Preparation of the Strategy by the European Commission along with the Adriatic-Ionian Regions countries / stakeholders, including a general public consultation and consultations with participating countries.
6-7 February 2014: Stakeholder Conference in Athens, where the results of the consultations were presented.
17 June 2014: European Commission adopts the Action Plan and Communication for the EUSAIR.
24 October 2014: Endorsement of the EUSAIR by the European Council and launch of the implementation phase.
18 November 2014: Launch Conference of the EUSAIR in Brussels.
For more information, see the OFFICIAL EUSAIR WEB SITE
KEY DOCUMENTS SECTION
The Strategy is defined in a Communication from the European Commission (2014), accompanied by an Action Plan which presents the objectives and concrete pillars and topics of the Adriatic-Ionian Strategy.
European Council documents: General Affairs Council Conclusions of 29 September 2014 and Endorsement by the European Council – 23 and 24 October 2014
For more documents: Adriatic and Ionian Library by the European Commission