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EUropean Strategy for Adriatic and Ionian Region

The University of Macerata is particularly interested in the EUSAIR project. It has in fact adhered to the network of Uniadrion Universities and is involved in the start-up of the planning processes together with the other Italian universities that are most committed to this cause. At the same time, within the university, it has set up a transversal research pole that is dedicated entirely to the macro-region, to set up specialisation courses, based on the logic of an interdisciplinary and internationalisation approach.


The Strategy

The European Commission has officially launched a new EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region, in the form of a communication and action plan that enables its citizens to benefit from closer co-operation in sectors such as the promotion of the maritime economy, the protection of the marine environment, the completion of the links in the transport and energy sectors and the promotion of sustainable tourism.

This is the first “EU macro-regional strategy” with such a high number of non-EU members (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) who have collaborated with EU member states (Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia). The strategy mainly has to do with the opportunities of the maritime economy: “blue growth”, land-sea links, energy connections, environmental protection, and sustainable tourism, all sectors that are destined to play a crucial role in creating employment opportunities and in stimulating economic growth within the region. The starting point is the maritime strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian seas, which was adopted by the Commission on the 30th of November 2012 and is now incorporated in the strategy.

Each element of the action plan has been co-ordinated by a pair of countries (an EU member state and a non-EU member state):

  • Greece and Montenegro on “blue growth”,
  • Italy and Serbia on the “Linking the region” theme (transport and energy networks),
  • Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina on “environmental quality”,
  • Croatia and Albania on “sustainable tourism”.

The mitigation of climate changes and adaptation to the same, as well as the management of the risk of catastrophes, are horizontal principles that sustain all four pilasters.

Alongside these four pilasters there are also transversal aspects represented by capacity building and research, innovation and small and medium-sized companies.

The EUSAIR strategy will not access additional EU funding, but it should mobilise and align existing financing on a national and union level as well as attracting private investment. In particular, European structural and investment funds should contribute to the implementation of the strategy (ESI Funds), as well as the pre-adhesion tool (IPA).

Official documents on the EU strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region.