DG Regional and Urban Policy invites all those interested, e.g. private individuals, publicorganizations, enterprises, civil society, etc., to participate in this public consultation on the EUStrategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).
The European Council of 13/14 December 2012 has formally asked the European Commission topresent an EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region before the end of 2014. The aim ofthis macro-regional Strategy is to promote economic and social prosperity, growth andemployment in the Adriatic and Ionian Region by improving its attractiveness, competitivenessand connectivity. It may also play an important role in promoting the EU integration of WesternBalkans.
The EUSAIR concerns eight countries: 4 EU Member States (Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia)and 4 non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia). It focuseson areas of regional mutual interest, and it is structured around four pillars: (1) drivinginnovative maritime and marine growth, (2) connecting the region; (3) preserving, protecting,improving the quality of the environment, (4) increasing regional attractiveness.
The objective of this public consultation is to gather the ideas of stakeholders to ensure theStrategy is realistic, ambitious in its objectives, and responds to the real needs of inhabitantsof the Region and the wider community. The contributions will be further discussed at theConference organised in Athens, on 6-7 February 2014, and will support the preparation of theStrategy.
The public consultation closes on 13 December 2013, but contributions are welcome as soon aspossible.