IPA ADRION Launch Event – 6 December 2022 Palazzo Gnudi – Bologna (Italy)

Under the motto “Together for a cohesive, smart and sustainable Adriatic-Ionian Region”, IPA ADRION has successfully held its launch event the last 6th December 2022 at Palazzo Gnudi, in the heart of Bologna.

Onsite attendees were 129, whereas 203 people followed the event online.

Download the presentation on the next programming period 2021-27 here

Check out the pictures gallery on our flickr account here


9.00 – 9.30
Registration & welcome coffee

9.30 – 10.15
Institutional Greetings

Paolo Calvano – Regional Minister for Finance, Personnel, Real Estate, Institutional Reorganization and Relations with the EU , Emilia-Romagna Region

Moray Gilland – Head of Macro-regions, Transnational/interregional, External cooperation, Enlargment Regio D.1., European Commission – videomessage

Simona MameliItalian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Marco DogliaItalian Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department for Cohesion Policies 

Germana Di FalcoItalian Territorial Cohesion Agency

10.15 – 10.45
New opportunities in the Interreg IPA ADRION Programme for 2021 – 2027

Lodovico Gherardi, Emilia-Romagna Region

Barbara Di Piazza, IPA ADRION Joint Secretariat

Joanna Kiryłło, DG Regio, European Commission 

10.45 – 11.15
Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.45

Cooperation across territories in the Adriatic-Ionian area: the potential for increasing growth, sustainability, and cohesion through increased synergies among Programmes and initiatives

Francesco Raphael Frieri, Emilia-Romagna Region, IPA ADRION Managing Authority

Curzio Cervelli, Interreg Euro-MED Programme

Sanda Simic, Ministry of European Integration, Government of the Republic of Serbia

Germana Di Falco, Italian Territorial Cohesion Agency

Bernhard Fabianek, DG Research, European Commission

Andreea Strachinescu, DG Mare, European Commission

Alessandra Pala, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Urban Mobility

Gilles Kittel, DG Regio, European Commission

Moderator: Edoardo D’Elia, University of Bologna

12.45 – 13.00
Final remarks

Sanja Vukadin, Directorate for European Integration of Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia-Herzegovina 

Midhat Dzemic, Directorate for European Integration of Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina  

13.00 – 14.00

The Venue

Built over the canal that brings the waters of the Reno into the city, it is located at number 77 of Via Riva Reno. The palace traces its origins back to the first half of the 16th century. Today it is a venue for events and contains works of great artistic relevance.

Getting there

Please note that you are responsible for booking your own flight. We recommend that you book your flight to Bologna and your bus ticket (Marconi Express) to Bologna Central Train Station as soon as you can.

To help you with the flight search you can use sites like:




Palazzo Gnudi – Via Riva Reno, 75/3°-77 – 40100 Bologna

A14 MOTORWAY: BOLOGNA – TANGENZIALE – EXIT 5 – Q.re Lame/Bologna Centro

At the Lame exit continue left towards the city centre. Continue straight towards the centre on Via Marco Polo and then Via Francesco Zanardi until you reach the ring road at Porta Lame.

When you reach Porta Lame square, turn around the gate to the left and immediately after Via Lame turn right onto Via Alberto Menarini (small road running alongside the film library) and reach the APCOA car park Via Azzogardino corner Via del Rondone. 

Continue on foot along Via Azzogardino, cross Via Marconi, continue along Via Riva Reno to the entrance of Palazzo Gnudi, on your right.


From Bologna Central Station you can reach the venue on foot by walking for 12 minutes
From the Bologna airport it is advisable to take the Marconi Express to the station and then continue on foot for 12 minutes

Airport transfers

From the Bologna airport it is advisable to take the Marconi Express to the station and then continue on foot for 12 minutes

Visa information

All participants are required to check the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italyl here to see whether they are required to obtain a visa when entering Italy.

Participants from EU countries and countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement do NOT need a Visa in order to travel to Italy.

List of Schengen countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Travel and accommodation

Please note that participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation.
We recommend that you stay in Bologna City Center. List of possible options in nearby hotels are provided here

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The City of Bologna

The City of Bologna, capital to the Emilia Romagna Region, has a population of about 400,000 inhabitants within the city boundaries and one million in the metropolitan area.

With its strategic location, Bologna has been a primary crossroad of goods and people since the Roman times. Today, thanks to its expanding infrastructures, it’s the centre of a transport and business network of vital importance to Italy and Europe. It is the major hub in the country for highways and rails.

Bologna’s industrial system stands out for the presence of special clusters, like automatic machinery, motor industry, electronics, fashion. Agro&food is another traditional cluster that research and investments have led to a position of excellence. Besides these, a few emerging sectors, such as logistics, medical technology, multimedia and creative industries, are contributing to creating an excellent mix of culture and technology, which makes Bologna a benchmark for innovation and technology development, offering a quality of life among the highest in Italy.

Safety and Emergency Services

The three most commonly used emergency services in Italy are the police, fire service and emergency medical service. If you need to contact any of the services in the case of an emergency, dial 112.

Emergency number (Carabinieri): 112
State police: 113
Fire brigade: 115
Ambulance: 118

Getting around

Meeting’s information

Official Language
The working language of the meeting is English; interpretation services from english to italian will be provided.

The meeting will be held in hybrid format, both online and in presence
Online participants will receive a link to connect prior to the event

Useful Contacts
info@interregadrion.eu for content information
lina@scaicomunicazione.com for practical and technical issues

Photography and video recording
Photography and filming will be taking place at this event. Therefore, by coming to this meeting, you may be filmed and have your picture taken. Kindly be informed that your registration to this meeting implies your irrevocable consent for being filmed, recorded, and photographed throughout the duration of the event, as well as giving the Interreg ADRION the right to use this media at its sole discretion.

Health and safety
The current Sars Cov 2 prevention provisions do not contain any specific obligations with regard to the use of masks, green pass control or temperature measurement.
In any case, the organization intends to guarantee the use of sanitation in all areas and equipment, as well as proper spacing.