The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the European Commission and endorsed by the European Council in 2014.
The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission, together with the Adriatic-Ionian Region countries (Croatia, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia) and stakeholders, in order to address common challenges together (www.adriatic-ionian.eu).
EUSAIR focuses on four thematic pillars:
- Blue growth
- Connecting the region (transport and energy networks)
- Environmental quality
- Sustainable tourism
It applies to an area with a strong coastal and maritime contingent, and will therefore directly concerns the maritime Regions within CPMR in Albania, Croatia, Italy and Greece, as well as the Regions of the Western Balkans interested in joining CPMR.
In all EUSAIR thematic priorities, the CPMR and its Regions have a good deal of experience and are already taking part in transnational cooperation activities: strategies and projects. Therefore, CPMR has helped the States and the European Commission to draw up the strategy and action plan and has organized events to make them known and shared by regional authorities and beyond.
CPMR, its member Regions and geographical commissions are now involved in the process of preparing projects which may be cofinanced by the EU, in particular via the transnational cooperation programme ADRION.