EU POLICY: EU Adriatic-Ionian Strategy Integrating SouthEast Europe
The Stakeholder Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) was held in Athens, Greece, from February 6-7. It was a two-day event co-organised by the European Commission (EC) and the Greek Presidency of the EU Council.
The conference was attended by high representatives of the European Commission, including Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Maritime Affairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Committee of the Regions and Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC), Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and members of his government cabinet, as well as ministers from all countries participating in the initiative for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (i.e. four EU member states – Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, and four non-EU countries- Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia).
One of the key goals of the conference was to raise awareness regarding the preparations for the new strategy, to be adopted by the end of 2014.
Croatia was represented by Assistant Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Hrvoje Marusic (HNS). Marusic said Croatia strongly supported EUSAIR…