PILLAR 1: BLUE GROWTH
                             Coordinators: Greece and Montenegro

The specific objectives for this pillar are:

  • To promote research, innovation and business opportunities in blue economy sectors, by facilitating the brain circulation between research and business communities and increasing their networking and clustering capacity.
  • To adapt to sustainable seafood production and consumption, by developing common standards and approaches for strengthening these two sectors and providing a level playing field in the macro-region.
  • To improve sea basin governance, by enhancing administrative and institutional capacities in the area of maritime governance and services.



To achieve the abovementioned objectives, Pillar 1 will focus on three topics:

    - Topic 1 - Blue technologies

    - Topic 2 - Fisheries and aquaculture

    - Topic 3 - Maritime and marine governance and services

PILLAR 2: CONNECTING THE REGION
                                             Coordinators: Italy and Serbia

The specific objectives for this pillar are:

  • To strengthen maritime safety and security and develop a competitive regional intermodal port system.
  • To develop reliable transport networks and intermodal connections with the hinterland, both for freight and passengers.
  • To achieve a well-interconnected and well-functioning internal energy market supporting the three energy policy objectives of the EU – competitiveness, security of supply and sustainability.

 

To achieve these objectives, the pillar will focus on three topics:

     - Topic 1 - Maritime transport

     - Topic 2 - Intermodal connections to the hinterland

     - Topic 3 - Energy networks

 

 

 

PILLAR 3: ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
                 Coordinators: Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegozina

The specific objectives for this pillar are:

  • To ensure a good environmental and ecological status of the marine and coastal environment by 2020 in line with the relevant EU acquis and the ecosystem approach of the Barcelona Convention.
  • To contribute to the goal of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restore them in so far as feasible, by addressing threats to marine and terrestrial biodiversity.
  • To improve waste management by reducing waste flows to the sea and, to reduce nutrient flows and other pollutants to the rivers and the sea.



Two topics are identified as pivotal in relation to environmental quality in the Adriatic-Ionian Region:

     - Topic 1 - The marine environment

     - Topic 2 - Transnational terrestrial habitats and biodiversity

 

 

PILLAR 4: SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
                                         Coordinators: Croatia and Albania

The specific objectives for this pillar are:

  • Diversification of the macro-region’s tourism products and services along with tackling seasonality of inland, coastal and maritime tourism demand.
  • Improving the quality and innovation of tourism offer and enhancing the sustainable and responsible tourism capacities of the tourism actors across the macro-region.


To achieve the above mentioned objectives the pillar will focus on two topics:

     - Topic 1 - Diversified tourism offer (products and services)

     - Topic 2 - Sustainable and responsible tourism management  
       (innovation and quality)

 

 

 

 

 For further information about pillars and topics, please see the EUSAIR Action Plan.pdf