As part of the AI-NURECC Initiative, the CPMR organised a series of events in Belgrade, Serbia, on 17-18 December 2018, focused on skills development and training.

The events were aimed at bringing together young people, politicians and officers from Regional and Local Authorities and representatives of Chambers of Commerce, Universities, VET, NGOs, Managing Authorities of ETC programmes, Interreg Project Managers.

On 17 December, the CPMR organised a seminar on EU Policies & EU Territorial Cooperation opportunities, focused on connectivity, energy transition and networks.

This was followed on 18 December by the Europroject Design Training Action to promote access to EU programmes/funds, focused on the practicalities of preparing and implementing successful cooperation projects in the EUSAIR.

Key attendees at the meeting included Đorđe Staničić, Secretary General of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SKGO/SCTM) of Serbia, and Tatjana Bošković, Head of Department for horizontal and strategic issues in European Integration Office and EUSAIR National Coordinator assistant, European Integration Office (EIO) in Prime Minister’s Office, Montenegro.

CPMR Secretary General, Eleni Marianou, also made a presentation at the meeting, as well as Christiana Kalogirou, President of the CPMR Balkan & Black Sea Commission and Regional Governor of North Aegean, who spoke on the topic ‘how public and private stakeholders contribute to the sustainable development of connectivity and energy and promote youth employment’.

President Kalogirou with Mr Staničić

During the meeting, President Kalogirou met with Mr Staničić to discuss the potential for future cooperation opportunities.

Speaking at the meeting, Đorđe Staničić stressed it was opportunity to be participants in initiatives aimed at improving the life standard of people in our countries. He said: “We in Serbia are interested in having our people at local level involved and well-informed and trained for the forthcoming period. This is one of the ways in which we can, using cooperation with the AI-NURECC partners, get to know each other and enrich collaboration”.

Tatjana Bošković, who provided an update on the state-of-play and initiatives taken up by the Montenegrin Chairmanship of the EUSAIR Presidency, stated: Today’s event is very important for Montenegro and for other countries from the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region. Montenegro is the first non-EU member to preside over the Adriatic-Ionian strategy. Since this is one of the instruments which helps the EU integration, it’s very important for Montenegro, but also for other countries who are not EU members.

“Montenegro, together with other EUSAIR members are working on the priorities that are recognised by programme documents for the period 2021-2027. Some of the priorities will also tackle the second pillar, transport, which is extremely important for our region. I believe that we’ll succeed in our efforts to put the priorities of the Adriatic-Ionian region on the agenda of EU”.

View the presentations and speeches and photos from the event.