In the framework of AdriGov project, Molise Region has organized in Brussels on 26th June 2014 at the Committee of the Regions, the conference “EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region and Synergies with the EU Direct Funding Programmes“. The aim was to open a debate on the forthcoming European Union Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian region (EUSAIR).
The week before the conference, the European Commission presented its strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region. It is the first macroregional strategy that include EU and non-EU countries in equal measure. The strategy regards eight states (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania) and about 70 million of citizens.
On the financial level, the EU does not provided any additional funding to implement the strategy. So the conference organized by the Molise aimed to involve the stakeholders active in the Adriatic-Ionian area because they need to find innovative approach to mobilize funding opportunities in order to cover the cross-cutting priorities of the EUSAIR.
The theme of the conference was to present the main EU Programmes and initiatives and to explore how the EU funds, directly managed by the European Commission, could be functional to the implementation of the strategy.
During the meeting the European commission presented the main EU programmes (Creative Europe Erasmus +, Horizon 2020, Cosme etc.)
The conference was attended by the President of the Molise Region and the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion, Paolo di Laura Frattura, directors and head of units of the European Commission, representative of CoR and EU institutions, regional and local administrators, the Albania Minister of Innovation, Ms. Milena Harito.
Links to interviews to Mr. Francesco Cocco, project coordinator and Ms. Paola Di Salvatore, Managing Authority of IPA Adriatic CBC Programme 2007-2013.