|Monday, 30 June 2014.|
|EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Macro-Region (EUSAIR)|
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Following the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Region (EUSBR), the European Commission (EC)has identified cooperation advantages within the region and initiated the creation of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Macro-Region (EUSAIR). The basis of EUSAIR is the EU Maritime Strategy, adopted in 2012. It includes Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Croatia (EU Member States) and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia (non-EU countries). The Strategy has also become the priority action within the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative (AII).
Based upon the EU Strategy for the Baltic Region, it has been recommended that the four pillars of the future Strategypresent themselves in a more “active” way that will facilitate the communication and informing the wider society of the new macro region on the goals and benefits of the Strategy. The pillar 1 was therefore named “Marine growth”; 2. "Connecting the region"; 3. "Quality of the environment"; 4. "Sustainable tourism". Apart from the aforementioned pillars, "Research, innovation, creation of new jobs, competition encouragement", “climate change”, disaster risk management” and “spatial planning” are horizontal issues incorporated into all the four pillars of the Strategy.Due to its complexity, the pillar 2 will have two sub-groups, one for “transport” and the other for “energy”.
The Republic of Serbia has accepted the proposal by the Italian Republic to coordinate 2nd pillar, "Connecting the region", with the Italian Republic.
The European Commission approved Communication on EUSAIR on 17 June 2014. EUSAIR was formally launched at the Conference held in Brussels, on 18 November 2014, under the auspices of the Italian EU Council Presidency.
Serbia’s activities within the EUSAIR are part of the overall commitment and efforts made on its European integration path. Drafting and implementation of the Strategy are key tools of concrete cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and the EU.
Serbia has voiced its support and readiness to actively contribute to the activities aimed at defining the Adriatic and Ionian region as a macro-region and to the drafting process of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region. The position of the Republic of Serbia is fully in line with the EU enlargement policy to the countries of the Western Balkans and with continuation of providing assistance to the Western Balkan countries aimed at strengthening and stabilization of their overall democratic potentials.
At the recommendation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is the main authority in chargeof activities related to the EUSAIR, under the Government’s decision 05 No. 02-13797/2014-002 of 7 December 2014 (“Official Gazette” of the Republic of Serbia, No. 135/14) the Working Group for Cooperation with the EU in the Adriatic-Ionian Region was set up.
At its meeting of 24 February 2015, the Government of Serbia appointed the Chair, Vice-Chairs, Members, Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Working Group.
Ambassador Jela Bacovic, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister was appointed Chairperson. Her Deputies are Mr. Pavle Jankovic, Head of the Regional Initiatives Department and Ms. Ana Ilic, Deputy Director of the European Integration Office-Coordinator for EU Funds.
EUSAIR presentation is available at the following web-portal: http://www.adriatic-ionian.eu/.