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Montenegro concluded successful one-year Chairmanship of AII and EUSAIR

Montenegro concluded successful one-year Chairmanship of AII and EUSAIR
Published date: 09.05.2019 07:21 | Author: MVP

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Meeting of Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers of Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and European Strategy for Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR) was held today in Budva, with which Montenegro concluded a successful one-year Montenegrin Chairmanship of these regional mechanisms.

The meeting, chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Dr. Srđan Darmanović, was attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić, Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak, Republic of Crroatia Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative Giovanni Castellaneta and Director for Smart and Sustainable Growth and Programme Implementation in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission Rudolph Niesler. The adopted Budva declaration reaffirmed readiness of member countries to additionally intensify cooperation in the framework of regional initiatives, while strengthening European perspective of the region.

„Very successful one-year Chairmanship of Montenegro once again reaffirmed our firm determination to regional cooperation and multilateralism”, stated Minister Darmanović, underlining that priorities of the Chairmanship directed to intensification of cooperation in areas of tourism, culture, protection of the environment, research and innovation. He emphasized that significant contribution has been made in the view of strengthening regional relations with an aim of joint approach to common interest of all states. Minister Darmanović handed over the Chairmanship to the Republic of Serbia and assessed that “Adriatic-Ionian Initiative, during its almost two decades of existence, and later on EUSAIR, represents regional framework for cooperation between countries with a one same priority – strengthening the European perspective of the region.”

Minister Dačić expressed gratitude to Montenegro and Minister Darmanović on successful Chairmanship of AII/EUSAIR, while praising dedication to promote European standards and values. “It is very significant to us, having in mind that basic preconditions are complete integration of the Western Balkans to the European Union. Serbia will continue its Chairmanship in that spirit”, concluded Dačić.

Secretary-General Castellaneta, while complementing Montenegro on successful Chairmanship, stated that Budva declaration sends a strong message in terms of importance of EU’s enlargement policy, particularly having in mind upcoming elections for the European Parliament. In that context, he emphasized that member countries share common values of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative.

Director Niesler praised Montenegrin contributions during its Chairmanship, emphasizing that the European Commission understands the importance of micro-regional strategy, particularly this one that has political value, urging development in the region and getting closer to the European Union.

The ministerial panel, on the topic “Integration of people, development of the region”, was also held today in Budva. Minister Darmanović on that occasion stated that cooperation in the framework of AII and EUSAIR represents an additional impetus to countries that aspire to accelerate integration processes, as well as that he “proudly emphasizes that Montenegro is the first non-EU country that has been chairing the EUSAIR.” Darmanović added that it is particular pleasure and confirmation of successful Montenegrin Chairmanship that San Marino joined the Initiative during the one-year mandate of Montenegro.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak underlined that activities in the framework of EUSAIR contribute to socio-economic development of the Adriatic-Ionian region, as well as to determining better solutions for economies of all countries. 

Minister for European Integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia Jadranka Joksimović also participated at the panel discussion. He emphasized that the focus of their Chairmanship will be on the development of traffic and energy infrastructure, with an aim of achieving of visible results of cooperation in the region. 

In the framework of Montenegrin Chairmanship, an art exhibition of painters from all countries of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative was also held today in Budva and it was officially opened by Minister Darmanović and Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanović.