EU STRATEGY FOR THE ADRIATIC AND IONIAN REGION (EUSAIR)
The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the Commission and the European Council in 2014. The Commission and the Adriatic-Ionian countries, which agreed to work in areas of common interest for the benefit of each country and the region at large, jointly developed the strategy.
EUSAIR covers eight countries: four EU member states (Croatia, Greece, Italy, and Slovenia) and four non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia). The overall objective of EUSAIR is to promote economic growth and social development in the region by improving co-operation, interconnection and competitiveness between countries.
The EUSAIR participating countries agreed on four main areas of common interest and particular importance for the Adriatic-Ionian region:
- Blue Development;
- Regional Interconnection;
- Environmental Quality;
- Sustainable Tourism.
To facilitate the implementation of EUSAIR, the EUSAIR Strategic Support Project has been funded, providing operational support to EUSAIR governance structures.
The overall objective of this project is to facilitate EUSAIR coordination and implementation by enhancing the institutional capacity of public administrations and key stakeholders, as well as helping to advance the implementation of shared priorities.
The Adriatic-Ionian Transnational Cooperation Program 2014-2020, funds the project. For its operation, total amounts of 11.5m euros are allocated for the period from May 2016 to December 2022.
The main partner role is entrusted to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for European Development and Policy Cohesion, which coordinates partners from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Serbia and Slovenia.
The project provides support for EUSAIR Governing Board (GB), as well as four Thematic Steering Groups (TSGs), comprising eight Adriatic-Ionian countries.
For more information please refer to the official project website:
and the contact Point page: