Local and regional authorities of European seas have
expressed for many years now, the will to develop
cross-border and regional cooperation projects aimed at
achieving greater prosperity, stability and security of
their populations. For this reason the Congress decided to
launch the initiative of establishing Euroregions around
these seas such as, the Adriatic Euroregion and the Black
Sea Euroregion project.
These Euroregions are new associative structures, which bring together coastal cities and regions in order to achieve a sustainable management of their sea basins according to the specific needs of coastal populations. Local and regional authorities belonging to the countries part of these Euroregions can promote cooperation projects ensuring the social and economic development, the reinforcement of regional and local democracy and territorial cohesion.
On 6 February 2006, at an official Conference held in Venice,
the Adriatic regions of six countries signed the “Joint
declaration for the launching of the Euroregion”. The
declaration contained in its appendix the draft Statute of the
Euroregion, to be implemented by the Adriatic Council. The
Adriatic Euroregion was officially founded on 30 June 2006, in
Pula (Croatia) which hosts its headquarters. Ivan Jakovčić,
President of the Istria Region (Croatia), is its President. The
Adriatic Euroregion aims to "protect natural resources,
reinforce social cohesion by joint projects in the fields of
agriculture, fish, tourism and transports, and to assure a
platform of cultural cooperation and exchange".
Around 22 million people live in the area of this Euroregion, which includes:
7 Croatian regions,
7 Italian regions,
1 Slovenian municipality,
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina canton,
5 Albanian municipalities, and
1 Montenegro municipality.
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