Upon invitation by the Slovenian Foreign Minister Erjavec , the AII Secretary General attended the Eight BLED Strategic Forum  ( BLED 1-3 September 2013).

Ambassador Pigliapoco was a panelist in Panel  n. 2 which focused on the water in the MENA ( Middle East and North Africa Region ).

He highlighted  the main lines of the Maritime Strategy of the future Adriatic Ionian macroregion as presented by the European Commission in its Communication to the European Parliament and the Council on November 2012, as “a possible example for a collective response to water management through regional cooperation”.

The Strategic Forum proved to be a very successful  event  and was attended by eminent participants as Prime Ministers Bratusek and Letta of Slovenia and Italy , President Pahor of Slovenia, the Foreign Ministers of Croatia , FYROM and Bosnia Erzegovina and other distinguished guests as former Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini.