ALDA at the Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)
As one of the main stakeholders in the area, ALDA was strongly present at the Launch conference of the of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) held in Brussels on 18 November. The event was organised by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in cooperation with the European Commission, and together with the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative and Marche Region (as Presidency of the Adriatic-Ionian Interregional Group in the Committee of the Regions). ALDA was represented by its President, Mr Oriano Otocan and Aldo Xhani, ALDA project manager.
The meeting gathered together all key actors in the area to create the framework for the implementation of the programme. The governance and management structures of the Strategy, currently under development, will be organised around its four pillars, namely: "Blue Growth", "Connecting the Region" (Transport and Energy), "Environmental Quality" and "Sustainable Tourism".
Key national, local and international stakeholders, including the European Commission, took the floor, chaired by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni. The event was set on two main pillars: a political session in the morning and a technical one in the afternoon addressed to the key implementers (national and regional authorities responsible for the EUSAIR and the management of EU funds, EU institutions, regional organisations and bodies).
The meeting was an opportunity to provide information on how the Strategy will be structured and to gather useful inputs to outline a well-performing system, in the framework of a multi-level governance.