11th Conference of the Presidents of Parliaments of the
Adriatic and Ionian Initiative
The 11th Conference of the Presidents of Parliaments of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative organised by the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia in the framework of one-year Slovenian chairmanship took place in Brdo pri Kranju on Monday, 13 May 2013. The conference was hosted by Janko Veber, President of the National Assembly, and chairman-in-office of the parliamentary part of the Initiative.
In the conference debate, the presidents and other high parliamentary representatives focused on topical issues related to the shaping of macroregions in the EU, with special emphasis on the development of the Adriatic and Ionian macroregion and the contribution by the parliaments in such processes.
The Adriatic and Ionian initiative gathers three EU Member States (in addition to Slovenia, also Italy and Greece) as well as candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership (Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania). The Adriatic and Ionian Initiative therefore represents an important incentive and tool in the process of EU enlargement to the countries of the Western Balkans, which was the topic of the second part of the conference
JOINT STATEMENT, 13 May 2013 (PDF 129 KB)
PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE (PDF 104 KB)
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS (PDF 120 KB)
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
The Adriatic and Ionian Initiative and its parliamentary dimension
The Adriatic and Ionian Initiative (AII) was founded at the end of the Conference on Development and Security in the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas on 20 May 2000 by signing the Ancona Declaration.
The AII comprises a parliamentary dimension in the form of conferences of the presidents of parliaments held once a year in the presiding member state. The last conference of the presidents of parliaments of the AII took place in Belgrade on 26 April 2012.
Slovenia first chaired the AII in 2004. On such occasion, it organised the 4th conference of the presidents of parliaments, hosted by the then President of the National Assembly Borut Pahor in Portorož on 10 and 11 May 2004.
For more information on the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative see:
Documents of the AII Parliamentary Dimension
Slovenian chairmanship of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative
Slovenia assumed the chairmanship of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative for the period between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013.
In its office Slovenia will primarily focus on issues related to the sea and its coastal zone. The period 2012-2013 is of key significance also in terms of formulating the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Macroregion which will be particularly development-oriented. Considerable importance is also attached to an in-depth cooperation between the countries along the Adriatic and Ionian seas in the framework of the contents and projects of sustainable fishing, traffic, tourism and water supply.
For more information, please visit:
Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs