Interreg Project Slam 2019: Opportunities for ADRION projects to showcase their value!

The Interreg Project Slam is an annual competition organized by Interact which promotes innovative communication approaches related to projects’ results. The Interreg Project Slam 2019 will be part of the “European Week of Regions and Cities” taking place from 7 to 11 October 2019 in Brussels. Interreg projects are invited to present their project’s results using catchy communication technics including social media and video storytelling.  If you are interested in presenting your project, this year’s edition will focus on:

  • A Europe closer to citizens;
  • A greener Europe;
  • A smarter Europe;
  • A more connected Europe through mobility;
  • A more socially integrated Europe;

The application period opened on 1 March 2019 and will close on 30 April 2019 at 12:00 PM CET. ADRION projects interested in applying to the competition are asked to send to the Joint Secretariat all the information requested by the application form by 12 April 2019.

Fore more information and details on how to apply and to learn about the selection process, please consult the call for proposal at

The selection process includes a first selection conducted by the European Commission and Interreg programmes who will select the finalists based on the contents of the 180-second pitch videos. The finalists will have the chance to present their projects on stage in a TED talk style using a story-telling pattern during the Interreg Slam 2019 session at the EU Regions Week in Brussels in October 2019.

Interact will organize social media voting to the 3-minute pitch videos of the finalist projects. The most voted video will be awarded “Social Media Award” during the Project Slam, while the ultimate winner will be selected by the live audience through a live electronic voting system.

We believe the Interreg Project Slam 2019 competition can be a great opportunity for the ADRION projects to share good practices, increase their visibility and, if selected as a finalist, to present your project to a live audience in Brussels.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

2nd report on the macro-regional strategies adopted

The 2nd report on the implementation of the EU macro-regional strategies was adopted by the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on 29 January 2019. The report aims at providing a detailed analysis on the EU macro-regional strategies: the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP).

The document emphasizes the progresses concerning policy making and planning, governance, monitoring and evaluation, administrative capacity, internal and external communication. The report further delivers recommendations on priorities areas such as governance, funding, policy programming and communication to indicate how to make project implementation of the EU macro-regional strategies more effective.

The document further remarks as an example of project to promote sustainable tourism ADRION 5 Senses which supports the creation and promotion of the ADRION brand name to enhance innovative, high-quality tourism services.

In addition, a  staff working document accompanies the 2nd report, to refer more in details to the achievements and challenges MRS are embracing. In particular, the document mentions projects funded by the ADRION Programme currently under execution in the area of transport and innovation, as best examples showing how transnational cooperation can tackle relevant problems and face critical issues within the Adriatic and Ionian region. The mentioned ADRION projects are

  • NEORION which supports the development of green maritime technologies and new materials to enhance sustainable shipbuilding;
  • ARIEL aiming at setting up a transnational network among small scale fisheries and aquaculture enterprises in the Adriatic-Ionian region.
  • ADRIPASS, a project which aims to promote more efficient maritime -hinterland connections in the ADRION region.

If you are interested in learning more about ADRION 5 Senses, NEORION, ARIEL and ADRIPASS, visit their webpages at:




Follow-up on ADRION COMMUNICATION SEMINAR “Keys to Effective Communication”

Communication in project management is extremely important if you want your project results and achievements to reach a wide range of stakeholders. In particular, communication plays a relevant role for the projects funded in the framework of the European Territorial Cooperation as one of its main objective is to focus on the needs and potentials of the territories. This is the reason why the ADRION Programme organised the communication seminar “Keys to Effective Communication” on 23rd Janaury, successfully held under the auspices of the Emilia-Romagna region.

The event gathered more than 40 project and communication officers with the purpose of improving communication and dissemination strategies within projects funded under the ADRION 1st Call for Proposals. The workshop focussed on several topics, such as: the writing of a communication plan, the development of project key messages, media relations and dissemination strategies, including writing for the web and storytelling. The workshop was quite interactive and gave the opportunity to the participants to do practical exercises.

Background material:

ADRION PPT Presentation

Pictures of the event