As an institution expressing the needs of civil society and specifically of the enterprises and their professional associations, since its establishment the AIC Forum has been engaged in the analysis of the economic and social situation of individual areas, the assessment of their differences and the search of solutions that might be mutually beneficial.
To better coordinate its activities and based on the results of these first years of analysis and reciprocal knowledge, common priority topics were identified and six theme-specific workgroups were created, i.e. agriculture, the environment, women entrepreneurship, fisheries and aquaculture, transport and tourism. Since these workgroups deal specifically with the themes of the EUSAIR Pillars a new thematic workgroups organization was made for the purpose of getting them coherent and more in line with the EUSAIR Pillars: Blue Growth, Connecting the Region, Environmental quality and agriculture, Sustainable Tourism and Women Entrepreneurship (given the coherence with the two EUSAIR cross-cutting priorities “Research, innovation and SMEs development/Capacity-building”). Moreover 2 Chambers of Commerce members for each workgroup have been appointed to coordinate the workgroups.
From a methodological viewpoint the AIC Forum organizes an annual itinerant edition on the issues of interest for enterprises; this edition is also the occasion for the theme-specific workgroups to meet.
The AIC Forum annual edition is periodically accompanied by other initiatives, like BtoB meetings, training courses, technical seminars, participation in trade fairs, technology transfer initiatives, etc. These are generally self-financed, yet they are increasingly organized within the framework of crossborder and/or transnational projects that are co-funded with extraordinary European, national and regional resources and as such do not burden or only partly burden on the AIC Forum, the promoters or the businesses involved.
The possibility of better intercepting these resources has improved since 2010, when the AIC Forum established a Workgroup on EU Project Management. The latter was set up with the ad hoc purpose of tapping EU resources and is supported by the work of experts in the field coming from several of the chambers of commerce involved.
Since its establishment and thanks to the work of this Workgroup the AIC Forum has carried out an extensive EU project management activity on EU calls for proposals and initiatives, whose beneficiaries have been the AIC Forum itself or some of its member chambers that have been indirectly involved thanks to the mediation of the AIC Forum. Financial activities on several topics have thus been activated, specifically tourism, innovation, intellectual property protection and several other activities that can favour the development of SMEs.