The Secretariat of the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion has participated in the last edition of the MedCat Days 2023 organised in Barcelona by the Department of Foreign Affairs and European Union of the Government of Catalonia, together with the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), and with the collaboration of the Mediterranean Cooperation Alliance (MedCoopAlliance).
The MedCat Days 2023 initiative, took place in Barcelona on June 12 and 13, 2023 under the slogan “Let’s transform the Mediterranean”. The MedCat Days 2023 included days of reflection, debates, meetings of actors, Euro-Mediterranean initiatives and projects, and institutional meetings, with the following objectives:
- Analyze the main current dynamics in the Euro-Mediterranean region and the major challenges;
- Contribute to the deployment of an authentic transformative Mediterranean agenda, which takes into account the capacity of multilevel governance to influence Euro-Mediterranean collaboration.
- Promote an integrated, macro-regional and multi-level vision within the framework of European policies in the Mediterranean.
On 13 June, the project officer of AIE Secretariat, Andrea Di Girolamo has intervened in the session “Collaborative governance: promoting alliances” of the MedCat Parners Forum and explained that Adriatic Ionian Euroregion is active in multilevel collaboration between actors and regions for good governance and a real capitalization of results. The AIE covers a specific geographical area which already benefits from a dedicated macro-regional strategy and different funding programmes. Di Girolamo spoke about coordination mechanisms in EUSAIR area and how, to better face these complex world, the EU strategy bodies, the National and regional authorities and Interreg programmes that insisting in this area, are working together to respond to new and emerging challenges in EUSAIR area. Furthermore Di Girolamo explained the role of the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion in the Mediterranean Cooperation Alliance as a way to underlined the need for local and regional authorities to be heard and be taken into account when States and European actors take decisions that have to be implemented at local level.
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