The Silk Road starts from Venice


On 20 January 2018, the Ca 'Vendramin Calergi palace in Venice will host a conference titled “THE EUSAIR MACROREGIONAL STRATEGY FOR TOURISM AND TRANSPORT: THE MARITIME WESTERN SILK ROAD OPPORTUNITIES”. The conference is organized by the Italian Presidency of the EUSAIR macro-regional strategy and is taking place in parallel with the inauguration of the Europe China Tourism Year.

Prominent speakers from China and EUSAIR countries are going to participate at the event, including the Minister for Territorial Cohesion and Southern Italy, Claudio De Vincenti, who will deliver his closure key notes.

Conference's priority themes are focused on the development of Chinese tourism and the cruise infrastructures in the eight countries of the EUSAIR macro-region (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia) with the main purpose to encourage the debate on development and promotion of the Adriatic-Ionian region as an integral part of the Maritime Silk Road.

You can fined the latest programme attached. If interested, you can still apply here.


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Towards the Green Coast video is included in the literature package for the 2017/2018 Geography competition for Primary and Secondary Schools in Slovenia. The topic of the competition is: "Sustainable Tourism for Development".

The competition is organized by the National Education Institute Slovenia and is dedicated to pupils with a keen interest in inclusive growth, environmental protection and sustainable tourism.

Towards the Green Coast video was made for the EUSAIR »Environmental Quality« Pillar 3 priority. Done by the assistance of the EUSAIR Facility Point, the video raised attention at the 2nd EUSAIR Annual Forum in Ioannina in May 2017, the 1st EUSALP Annual Forum in Munich in November 2017 and at the Mediterranean Coast and EU macro-regional strategies week in Portorož in September 2017. 

Apart of raising awareness, building knowledge and promotional purposes, the video's inclusion in the competition's literature package is an opportunity towards strengthening the cooperation and inclusion of key stakeholders and interested public in the implementation processes and objectives of EU macro-regional strategies in general and EUSAIR in particular.

European Parliament (EP) adopted resolution of 16 January 2018 on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies (MRS). Take a look on what the EP stressed out about the current developments in the EUSAIR region and what are its emphases and proposals regarding the role of MRS in post-2020 period.



The ADRION programme Managing Authority is looking for a Communication Officer and Web Content Manager for the ADRION JOINT SECRETARIAT.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 2 February 2018.

For more information please check the ADRION programme website and the website of ERVET.

The Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Southern Italy


The Minister of Cultural Assets and Activities and Tourism (Italy)

are pleased to invite you to the event


held under the Italian Presidency of the EUSAIR Strategy and in the framework of the EU China Tourism Year.


The event will be held on 20 January 2018 in Venice,

Ca' Vendramin Calergi Palace - Casino di Venezia, Cannaregio 2040.


Please, register here.



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We have always believed that the EUSAIR has numerous potentials to be discovered and ignited.

Thank you for 2017 and let's make the best of it in 2018.


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Dear EUSAIR friends,


We are glad to inform you that the 3rd EUSAIR Annual Forum will be held on 24-25 May 2018 in Catania, Italy.


The program, practical and logistic information will be published on this website in the upcoming months.


Stay tuned!

The European Parliament, Committee on Regional Development, published on 1 December 2017 a report on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies. In relation to EUSAIR, the report points out the environmental challenges, but also opportunities such as capactty building and institutional strengthening that the strategy can build upon to achieve a better implementation.

You can read a full text here.

Since the start of the macro- regional endeavour, research has played a crucial role in shaping a discourse and a practice that can be considered as a completely new feature of EU integration and provides an innovative approach towards cooperation and territorial cohesion.


Read more: New Interact publication: "Making the most of macro-regions"

The study of the European Commission on macro-regional strategies and their links with Cohesion Policy has been finalised. Check the final report covering all four strategies as well as the EUSAIR-specific data and analytical report, containing the extensive data collection and analysis on which the report is based.

Based on a description and analysis of the state of each macro-region, the study analyses the achievements of each macro-regional strategy, the need and macro-regional relevance of the chosen (sub)-objectives and a review of achievements in relation to the objectives, as well as links to the European Structural and Investment Funds.
It also analyses the role of macro-regional strategies in coordination of EU policies and programmes, the effectiveness of cooperation and the relevance of macro-regional strategies for achieving future challenges and objectives. Finally, the report provides an analysis of the implications of the macro-regional approach for Cohesion Policy and recommendations for the future.

Joint Research Centre is organizing Macro-Regional Innovation Week - Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Macro-Regions, on 24-26 January 2018 in Ispra (Italy).


More information on the event and agenda can be found here:

TSG 2 meeting – 1 December, Beograd

TSG 3 meeting – 14/15 December, Beograd

TSG 4 meeting – 21 November, Palermo