It encourages innovative and maritime growth by promoting sustainable economic development and job creation as well as business opportunities. In doing so, three topics have been identified:
- Blue technologies
- Fisheries and aquaculture
- Maritime and marine governance and services
Connecting the Region
The pillar intends to improve transport and energy connectivity; by strengthening maritime safety and security and developing a port system; creating reliable transport networks and intermodal connections with the hinterland; and establishing a well-interconnected and well-functioning internal energy market.
To achieve these objectives, the pillar places an emphasis on:
- Maritime transport
- Intermodal connections to the hinterland
- Energy networks
It strives to ensure the economic and social well-being of people of the Adriatic and Ionian region. This pillar addresses common challenges, focusing on:
- Marine environment:
- Pollution of the sea
- Transnational terrestrial habitats and biodiversity
The focus is on developing the potential of the Adriatic and Ionian region by offering innovative and quality tourism products and services. Responsible tourism behaviour involving all actors involved in the sector is also important. To achieve the objectives of this pillar, the importance is put on:
- Diversified tourism offer and
- Sustainable and responsible tourism management
The geographical area of the EUSAIR is a functional area, mainly defined by the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. It covers four EU Member States and four non-EU countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
The participation of each country includes its whole territory, except for Italy, which involves 12 regions and 2 provinces: Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria and Marche.