Organize by the Central European Initiative (CEI) and the Autonomous Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the Stakeholder's Conference "Connecting Macro-Regions and Strengthening Regional Cooperation on the eve of the new Cohesion Policy of the European Union" was held in Trieste on 11 October 2013.

The Adriatic Ionian Initiative was present at the event with its Secretary General who intervened as a panelist in the second session "Bridging Macro-Regions".

In his address, Amb. Pigliapoco, highlighted the opportunity of a close coordination between the existing Danube Macroregion and the future Adriatic Ionian Macro-Region.

He also informed about the current activities of the Adriatic Ionian Initiative, which represents the "intergovernmental anchorage" of the future Adriatic-Ionian macroregion.