The first meeting of the Working Group for the Pillar "Connecting the Region" of the "Discussion Paper" on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Region took place on October 14 in Ancona under the title "Connecting the Adriatic Ionian Region, Challenges and Goals towards a successful EUSAIR Plan of Action".

The meeting was organized by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Serbia leading Pillar II of the Strategy and Region Marche, in cooperation with the Adriatic Ionian Initiative and the Fora of Civil Society having their seat in Ancona (Cities, Chambers of Commerce and Universities).

The Conference was opened by prominent national, international and national authorities (Among others HE Marta Dassù, Italian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs – HE Ana Hrustanovic, Serbian Ambassador in Rome – Gian Mario Spacce, President of Region Marche – Amb. Fabio Pigliapoco, AII Secretary General) and followed by contribution of experts in the field of transports, energy infrastructure, research and innovation, and safety and security in maritime transport.