The event
»Modro z modrim« - odkrijmo in prikažimo potenciale Modre rasti v Sloveniji – »Blue with Blue« - Discovering and Showing Blue Growth Potentials in Slovenia«
will take place in
Izola, Slovenia on 10 July 2017

»Blue growth« is the EU long term strategy underlying the importance of seas and oceans in the European economy and promoting the great potential of seas and oceans in fostering the innovation and sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors.

The aim of this event is to bring together national stakeholders active in the field of Blue Growth, to explore relationship between the Blue Growth and Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Republic of Slovenia and to dicsuss new potentials and possibilities for the development of Blue Growth in the macroregion by exploring the financial sources and funding opportunities through EU programmes and framework programmes.

This is a national event, the official language is Slovene.

The event is jointly organized by the Slovene Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Health, Ministy of Agriculture, Forestry and Food and the Government office for Development and European cohesion policy with the support of the Public agency for promotion of entrepreneurship and developing projects – the implementing strucutre of the EUSAIR Facility Point Project Partner Municipality of Izola.




Please find the programme attached (in Slovene language).

Further information about the event will follow soon.

Looking forward to meeting you in Izola.

The »Mediterranean Coast and Macroregional Strategies Week« will take place between the 20 – 23 September 2017 at the Slovenian coast. Focus of this year's event is “Living with the sea”.

The Mediterranean countries started celebrating the Mediterranean Coast Day in 2007. In Slovenia, the celebration is widely known as the “Mediterranean Coast Week” and is inextricably linked to the regional cooperation under the three European macro-regional strategies which are implemented in the Slovenian territory, namely the Danube, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine strategy.

The traditional event aims to raise awareness on the sea and coast and their natural resources and economic potential, as well as to expose the risks to which the sea and coast are exposed to due to the natural phenomena and human actions. Numerous roundtables, project showcase and workshops will be organized. The event will bring together stakeholders, practitioners, experts and general public to discuss the current and the future of the sea and coastal management. The event will also provide a great opportunity to attend the conference on Media and communication of macroregional strategies.

Please find more information attached.

Further information about the event will be available in the next weeks.

You are cordially invited to join us!


Mediteranean Coast and EU Macro-regional Strategies Week Info Point:

Public agency for promotion of entrepreneurship and developing projects of Municipality of Izola, Implementing structure of the EUSAIR Facility Point Project Partner Municipality of Izola
Sončno nabrežje 4, Izola, Slovenia

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17th Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Chamber of Commerce 18th Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Cities - the EUSAIR stakeholder major event - is taking place in Pescara, Italy from 07 to 09 June 2017.

Please register now:

Check the draft agenda here:

As a result of the 1st call for proposals, on 10 May 2017 the ADRION Monitoring Committee approved, under condition, the first 35 projects. Funding will only be granted to those projects which will pass additional checks (i.e.: state aid, anti-fraud, financial capacity of private partners) and comply with the conditions for improvement of the ADRION Programme.
The Interreg ADRION transnational cooperation programme covers the same geographical area of the EUSAIR. For the 2014-2020 period, it has an EU financial allocation of Euro 99.2 million (83.5 from the ERDF and 15.7 from IPA). The ADRION priorities – innovative and smart region; sustainable region; connected region - are largely consistent with the EUSAIR Pillars. Additionally, the programme provides support to the governance of the EUSAIR via a strategic project "EUSAIR Facility Point" (Euro 9.8 million ERDF+IPA) implemented via eight partners from the participating countries, led by the Slovenian Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy.
The first ADRION call for proposals - with an appropriation of Euro 33.1 million ERDF+IPA - had a bottom-up approach and was open to all topics included in the three priority axis of the programme. A second call for proposals, to be launched towards the end of 2017, will be targeted towards priorities/topics identified by the EUSAIR Thematic Steering Groups, whenever they are consistent with the programme's objectives.
More details on the approved 35 projects, under conditions, to be found in the ADRION programme website.

The Representatives of the Governments of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, meeting in Ioannina, Greece, with the participation of a representative of the European Commission, in the framework of the 2nd Forum of the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) have adopted the Ioannina Declaration.


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The Online registration process for the 2nd Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), jointly organised by the European Commission and the Hellenic Republic with the support of the EUSAIR Facility Point (strategic project financed under INTERREG V-B Adriatic-Ionian Cooperation Programme 2014-2020) which will take place in Ioannina (Greece), 11-12 May 2017 is now OPEN.

Please register here by 3 May 2017.

To find out more about the draft programme, venue, logistic and accommodation check the event landing page.

The 2nd EUSAIR Forum will reflect on the progress and achievements since the 1st Forum held in Dubrovnik in May 2016 and contribute to define the way forward in the implementation of the Strategy. Special focus will be given to Blue Growth and its interrelations with the other EUSAIR pillars: Environmental quality, Sustainable tourism and Connectivity.
The forum is a great networking opportunity, where stakeholders (European Commission and Institutions, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers responsible for EU Funds, line Ministers, national, regional and local administrations, the business sector, academia, the civil society and the general public) gather to discuss concrete suggestions, views and ideas on how to better achieve EUSAIR Strategy objectives.


PLEASE register by 3 May 2017

The registration process for Business to Business (B2B) meeting is now OPEN.

The Enterprise Europe Network, the world's largest support network for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) with international ambitions, is organizing Business to Business (B2B) meetings between organisations in the Adriatic and Ionian Region which will take place along the 2nd EUSAIR Forum on 11 May 2017 in Ioannina, Greece.

The purpose of the B2B side event is to use the FORUM as an opportunity for SMEs to meet with other SMEs within EUSAIR; to identify and develop common actions and projects; to reach relevant partners. Moreover the event will provide a great opportunity to reach out to a wide range of stakeholders from the European Commission, the Region, including national, regional and local administrations, the business sector and academia.

Please register for the B2B meeting at the official event page:


Workshop on the Role of Science/ Technology Parks and Incubators in Innovation Ecosystems - Promoting Technology Transfer and Innovation

23–24 May 2017
Thessaloniki Technology Park, Thessaloniki - GREECE


The European Commission is organising on 23rd and 24th of May 2017 the event: Workshop on the Role of Science/ Technology Parks and Incubators in Innovation Ecosystems -Promoting Technology Transfer and Innovation. 

The main focus of a two day workshop is the exchange of good practices for the development and management of Science and Technology Parks (STPs) and Incubators in the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian Macro Regions and the Western Balkan countries. Issues related to the optimal ownership and operational structure of such facilities will be discussed as well as approaches in terms of sectoral or technological profile. Exchange of best practices will be facilitated through the exploration of case studies from the region and beyond. The role of STPs and incubators in supporting smart specialisation strategies will also be considered.


The objectives of this workshop are to exchange know-how among practitioners from the region on successful practices in science parks and incubators development and management and to explore and understand the role that these can play in creating value and developing innovation ecosystems.

The workshop aims to explore the different models for STPs and incubator development and financing as well as management. It will also consider the role that various stakeholders, both private and public (industry, academia, government, the investment community, etc.) can play to generate a virtuous circle that can accelerate local economic development and drive regional competitiveness.

The focus of the workshop is on exploring best practices that can help to tackle issues and bottlenecks that are specific to the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian macro regions.

This workshop is expected to assist in streamlining the technology commercialisation and technology transfer system in all the countries concerned including member states, candidate and neighbourhood countries.

The conclusions of this meeting are also expected to feed into broader political developments, in particular in relation to the Berlin process, and the development and further integration of the economies of the Western Balkan countries. In this respect, it is expected that the outcome of this meeting will feed into discussions to be held at the Berlin Process Summit scheduled to take place in Trieste in July 2017.

Location and co-organisers

Thessaloniki has been selected to host this workshop as an example of a competitive innovation and technology transfer ecosystem for the whole region of the Western Balkans and the new Member States of Bulgaria and Romania. It also lies at the crossroads of two macro-regions: the Danube Region and the Adriatic-Ionian Region.


The event is sponsored by:

  • European Commission
  • The Region of Central Macedonia, Greece


The event is organised in association with:

  • The International Association of Science and Technology Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)
  • The Thessaloniki Technology Park
  • The i4G Incubator
  • AREA Science Park



Attendance to the workshop is by invitation only and if you intend to attend you will need to submit an expression of interest by 31st of March.

More details on the programme and the application procedure can be found at the European Commission page.

Republic of Slovenia in collaboration with the European commission, partner countries and organizations is pleased to invite you to attend the regional conference:

SEE2: SCALING UP Social Economy Enterprises
in South East Europe

24–25 April 2017
Brdo Congress Centre, Ljubljana – Slovenia

The main purpose of the conference is to boost social economy enterprises in South East Europe (SEE) region countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo*, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Romania and Bulgaria. It provides a platform for development of social economy enterprises in SEE, it acts as a forum for the exchange of public and private experience across Europe, it represents a networking opportunity and it aims to contribute to a common strategy for the region.

This unique event deals with the following horizontal issues:

  • Promoting European values through partnerships and social economy;

  • Promoting social inclusion and jobs creation through partnerships and social economy;

  • Promoting bottom up creation of regional networks through development cooperation programmes and IPA in case of candidate countries and EU sources of financing – particularly how to better use European Structural and Investment Funds to develop social entrepreneurship and social economy as a whole.

The regional conference will operate on both top-down and bottom-up levels: firstly to create and develop synergies between the states, local authorities and social economy actors; and secondly to boost social economy enterprises and identification and anticipation of their needs on the decision making policy levels. The final goal of the conference is to create a mid-term plan for boosting social economy enterprises in SEE. Participation on the conference is free of charge, you can register online HERE

Registration is available NOW and will be closed on 15th of April 2017. Get your free ticket today!
The event will took place in Brdo Congress Centre, Predoslje 39, 4000 Kranj, 15 min from Ljubljana city centre, however, we advise you to make reservation of accommodation in Ljubljana since the conference bus shuttle will be organized and networking events will take place in Ljubljana.

Welcome to SLOVENIA !

Tadej Slapnik
State Secretary


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.


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The workshop on “The Present and the Future of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism” is going to be held on 24 and 25 April 2017 in Zagreb (hotel “Palace”).

The event has a triple role:

-it is a part of the celebrations of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development,

-it is an awareness raising activity within the Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) in the framework of 10YFP,

-it is a contribution to wideningexpertise and good practices sharing in the Pillar 4, Sustainable Tourism, of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

At the same time, the event should serve as a tool contributing to the implementation of the 10YFP STP and EUSAIR Pillar 4 objectives focusing on SMEs as important stakeholders/implementers.

Please find attached the most important details related to the programme, venue, accommodation, travel, transfers, social programme as well as the registration form.

We believe the workshop represents a great occasion to celebrate the 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development together.

We are counting on your participation!



EUSAIR Pillar Coordinator for TSG-4 (Sustainable Tourism) 
Republic of Croatia, National Focal Point for UNWTO