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The Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce is a transnational, non-profit association linking the chambers of commerce of countries residing on both Adriatic and Ionian coasts: Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Greece and Albania.
The aim of the association, established in 2001, owing to the will and vision of the founding chambers of commerce, those of Ancona and Split, is to strengthen the synergies and opportunities for socio-economic development of the Adriatic and Ionian area
With the scope of achieving better coordination of its activities, the Forum identified topics of common interest from which six Workgroups were created: Agriculture, Environment, Women's Entrepreneurship, Transports, Tourism and Fisheries/Aquaculture. Furthermore, a Workgroup on EU Project Management and the International Court of the Adriatic and Ionian Area were established.
The AIC Forum is one of the major promoters of the ambitious Adriatic and Ionian Macroregion project. This strategy represents a joint governance system that involves various participants, diverse politics and attributes present on the territory of the area, increasing the value of cultural heritage and the richness of diversities.
The Macroregion transforms the concepts of territorial cohesion, environmental protection, sustainable economic and social development into tangible results and it does so by utilising existent networks, without creating new structures. Those networks, in conjunction with the AIC Forum, form an organism involved in development, in the process of sustainable growth and in the dissemination of experiences and potentials present in the economic productivity of the Adriatic - Ionian area.
The Conference “Adriatic-Ionian region: new possibilities of development and cooperation.The role of chambers and other stakeholders“ will take place in Zagreb (Croatia) the next 13th of March at 11:00 a.m. by the Croatian Chamber of Economy, Rooseveltov trg 2.
It was held on Tuesday the 18th November in Brussels the “Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)” in which an AIC Forum delegation took part together with some Association’s members, in particular the Chambers of Commerce of Ancona, Split, Pula, Dubrovnik, Durres, Ferrara and Unioncamere Veneto.
Important institutional speakers from the European Commission and from the 8 Region’s Member States participated to the event. In the first part of the Event they focused on the important path achieved so far and on the opportunities that from this point forward could be offered to the different territories within the issues of security, environmental conservation, economic development and employment growth..
On the 3rd of October the Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Macroregion was endorsed by EU heads of State and Government which was proposed by the European Commission last June.
Preparations for the Strategy are already underway with the aim of promoting prosperity and growth in the region, improving its attractiveness, competitiveness and connectivity. With four Western Balkan countries involved, the Strategy is also set to play an important role in bringing them closer to the EU.
European Regional Development Commissioner Johannes Hahn, whose term of office is coming to an end, sees Council approval as an important milestone. “The aim is to tackle common problems together and make the most of the opportunities we share with our partners in the Western Balkans”, he stated, persuaded that the success of the strategy will “contribute to the prosperity and security of Europe as a whole”. He called on the stakeholders, regions and national ministries to assume their responsibilities and to “work together to translate the strategy into results”. The Countries are currently identifying the national and sectoral coordinators. A launch conference will take place in Brussels on 18 November in Brussels in which the AIC Forum President Mr. Rodolfo Giampieri, the Secetary-general Mr. Michele De Vita and other Presidents of Chambers of Commerce member of AIC Forum will participate.
For further information see the PRESS RELEASE