The European Commission adopted today the new transnational cooperation programme “Interreg V B Adriatic-Ionian (ADRION)”, worth more than €83.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and almost €16 million from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II). The total value of the cooperation programme, with national contributions included, is €118 million.

The Programme will support the implementation of the priorities of the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR).  It will enhance economic, social, and territorial cohesion in the region. The programme’s geographical area is identical to the area covered by the EUSAIR, involving four EU countries (Greece, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia), with the participation of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu said: “This programme has been designed to directly contribute to the successful implementation of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region, exploiting and protecting the rich natural, cultural and human potential of the region. It will have a tangible and positive impact on the regional economy, with a special focus on enhanced innovation and research capacities.”

The programme will boost the region’s capacity to protect its natural assets. Thanks to the programme, the Adriatic and Ionian area will also benefit from a more integrated transport and mobility system. Finally, strengthening administrative capacity in the region is also one of the focuses of the programme.




Sumlab is an informal, people based people-based, bottom-up and non-institutional, event with a focus on experimental learning and exchanges/networking in an informal setting dedicated to EU communicators at a programme and project level. Sumlab is going to take place in Cesena, a lovely medieval town close to Milan and Bologna, from the 23rd to the 25th of September.  Three days of labs, pitches, study visits, social events to share knowledge and ideas and a third day to exchange views with experts and institutional representatives.

Dragos Bucurenci Communication strategist and coach, former Communication Adviser to the European Commissioner for Regional Policy will ignite the debate.

Dorothee Fischer, communication expert and trainer will hold a lab on the use of images, copyleft and dbs. Chiara Ricci a researcher of the Italian Open Cohesion Project will talk about the use of Open Data, Kaspars Ruklis communication expert and trainer is proposing a lab on data visualization and Laura Bononcini Head of Public Policy Italy of Facebook will teach us how build a strong social reputation.

SumLab is the perfect place for ideas, inspiration, sharing for a better and more effective communication.

Sumlab 2015 is promoted by Cultura Lavoro and the Italian Department for European Affairs of the Presidency together with Formez and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini.


SAVE THE DATE: 25 years Interreg activities are going on!

interreg_25_a-page-001@2x25 years of Interreg conference

15-16 September 2015, Luxembourg

The Luxembourg presidency of the Council of the European Union will organise an event to celebrate the 25 years of Interreg with the support of the European Commission and INTERACT.

The event will take place at Campus Belval in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.

In 2015, Interreg celebrates its 25th anniversary. A quarter of a century playing an active role in regional development and European cohesion, improving the life of people and supporting local economies.

More than ever, this celebration of the 25 years of Interreg is a great opportunity for programmes to promote all year long their achievements over the years. This will be made even easier thanks to the new joint brand allowing Interreg achievements to be visible and promoted all over Europe.

The event organised by the Luxemburg presidency will be the occasion to showcase changes Interreg brought in people’s life and how it represents a model in other parts of the world.