EUSAIR Background

The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is chronologically the third macro-regional strategy adopted and was endorsed by the European Council in 2014.  The EU Strategy is a cooperation between four EU member states (Croatia, Greece, Italy, Slovenia) and five non EU countries (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Serbia). Northern Macedonia was included in the EUSAIR in 2020 (for official information please consult the addendum to the 2020 EU Communication concerning the EUSAIR).

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The strategy contributes to the further integration of and collaboration between EU states and the Western Balkans. The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission and the Adriatic-Ionian Region countries and stakeholders, which agreed to work together on the the three pillars of common interest: Blue growth, connecting the region, environmental quality, and sustainable tourism.

The 2020 EUSAIR Action Plan outlines the importance of cross-cutting issues such as capacity building.

The implementation of the EUSAIR is supported by the Facility Point, a collaboration between partners from all EUSAIR countries.

For more information on the EUSAIR and its implementation see here.