Communication concerning the European Union strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region

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Series Details COM (2014) 357
Publication Date 17/06/2014
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Communication published by the European Commission in June 2014 concerning the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region.

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This Communication sets outs the needs and potential for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the Adriatic and Ionian Region. It provides a framework for a coherent macro-regional strategy and Action Plan, to address those challenges and opportunities, through cooperation between the participating countries.

The European Council of December 2012 requested the Commission to present an EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) by end 2014. The general objective of the Strategy is to promote sustainable economic and social prosperity in the Region through growth and jobs creation, and by improving its attractiveness, competitiveness and connectivity, while preserving the environment and ensuring healthy and balanced marine and coastal ecosystems.

This will be achieved through cooperation between countries with much shared history and geography. By reinforcing implementation of existing EU policies in the Region, the Strategy brings a clear EU added value, while offering a golden opportunity for all participating countries to align their policies with the EU-2020 overall vision. It will thereby also contribute to bringing Western Balkan countries closer to the EU by offering them opportunities for working closely with Member States, to address common challenges and opportunities specific to the Region.

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EUR-Lex: SWD(2014)190: Action Plan
EUR-Lex: SWD(2014)191: Supportive Analytical Document
European Commission: Press release, 18/06/2014: All aboard for a new Adriatic and Ionian Macro-Region: The Commission brings countries closer together
European Commission: Memo, 18/06/2014: Q&A on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) file:///C:/Users/sisabg.X40167EAE2F31.050/Downloads/MEMO-14-429_EN.pdf

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Approaching lift off: focus will be key to success of new EU macro-regional strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian

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