The EU Commission adopted, on Friday 30th November, the "Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions" on "A Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas" (see attachment).

The Communication is a first step towards the approval of a Maritime Strategy that will be spelled out in details in an Action Plan to be approved in the second half of 2013.

The Maritime Strategy might constitute a first and founding pillar of the wider EU macro-regional strategy covering an higher number of fields which is under consideration by EU institutions.