Pescara (Italy), December 12th-13th 2014: Participation to the 16th Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Cities “Projects and governance of the Strategy for the Adriatic – Ionian Macroregion: Initia

The sixteenth edition of the Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities was held in Pescara on December 12-13, 2014. Following the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion Launch Conference, and the adoption of the Joint Statement and the Guidelines for the management of EUSAIR, the Forum of Cities focused this year on “projects and governance of the strategy of Macroregion Adriatic – Ionian Initiative and the commitment to the Forum member cities”.

The event was organized in two working days. The President of the Abruzzo Region, Luciano D’Alfonso, the Ambassador Pigliapoco of the Permanent Secretariat of the IAI and the President of the Forum AIC, Rodolfo Giampieri were of the impression that the first day was mainly oriented to discussions on opportunities offered by the Adriatic Ionian Macroregion. The second part was dedicated to organization and representation of the needs and demands of the cities and territories identifying the role of governance of Fora at macroregional level. The reports of the three regional Fora on the Adriatic Ionian Macroregion were given, along with the report of the representative of the Commission for the Environment and Transport of the European Parliament.

On Saturday, December 13, Ludovico Ghepardi and Claudio Polignano, representatives of the managing authorities for Territorial Adriatic Ionian Cooperation Programme 2014-2020, and the managing authorities of the IPA CBC Programme Italy / Montenegro / Albania 2014-2020, provided the technical aspects oriented to implementation of the topic addressed to the Macroregion
The conference ended with the plenary session and the General Assembly, that presented the new members of the statutory bodies of the Forum of the Cities.