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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.
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
The "Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region" that will take place in Brussels on 18 November 2014 will be organized by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in cooperation with the European Commission, and together with the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative and Marche Region (as Presidency of the Adriatic Ionian Interregional Group of the Committee of the Region).
It took place on 16th of October in Brussels, at the hemicycle of the European Parliament, the 3rd Edition of the European Parliament of Enterprises. The biennial event organized by EUROCHAMBRES called the European entrepreneurs to express their views on a range of key EU policy issues
This year the companies convened were asked to make a contribution for 4 different macro-thematic sessions, each containing 5 specific questions of significance for the current economic situation in Europe. The four macro-themes are: internationalisation, skills, finance and energy
[b]The results of votes, press releases and other further information are available on the EPE website by the following link: EPE website [b]