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Adriatic Ionian Programme 2014-2020

  • Posted on: 05.06.2015
  • Abbreviation: ADRION

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The Adriatic-Ionian Cooperation Programme (ADRION) is a new European transnational cooperation programme for the 2014-2020 period. The Programme area covers four EU Member States (part of Italy, Slovenia, Greece and Croatia) and four IPA II beneficiary countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia). Altogether this makes an area of more than 70 million inhabitants.

The overall objective of the Programme is to act as a policy driver and governance innovator fostering the integration of EU Member and non-Member states, utilising the rich natural, cultural and human resources surrounding the Adriatic and Ionian seas and enhancing economic, social and territorial cohesion in the programme area.

In line with the cohesion policy regulations and taking into account the national priorities of the partner countries, the ADRION Programme (2014-2020) is built around four thematic priority axes:

1) Innovative and smart region

Specific objective: to support the development of a regional innovation system for the Adriatic-Ionian area;

2) Sustainable region

Specific objective 2.1: promote the sustainable valorisation and preservation of natural and cultural assets as growth assets in the Adriatic-Ionian area; 

Specific objective 2.2: enhance the capacity in transnationally tacking environmental vulnerability, fragmentation and the safeguarding of ecosystem services in the Adriatic-Ionian area;

3) Connected region

Specific objective: enhance capacity for integrated transport and mobility services and multimodality in the Adriatic-Ionian area;

4) Supporting the governance of EU Strategy for the Aadriatic-Ionian Region

Specific objective: Facilitate the coordination and implementation of the EUSAIR by enhancing institutional capacity of public administrations and key stakeholders and by assisting the progress of implementation of joint priorities.

The programme will invest EUR 83,5 million from the ERDF and EUR 15,7 million from IPA II for transnational projects in the Adriatic-Ionian area.






The European Council of December 2012 mandated the European Commission to initiate a macro-regional strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region. This strategy builds on the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas adopted by the European Commission on 30 November 2012. The European Commission officially launched last 18 June 2014 a new EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region in the form of a Communication and an Action Plan, to help its 70 million residents to reap the benefit of closer cooperation in areas like promoting the maritime economy, preserving the marine environment, completing transport and energy links and boosting sustainable tourism.

More information about the Strategy:

- European Commission website section concerning the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region

- EU Stategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region Official website: http://adriatic-ionian.eu/

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