Upon proposal of the Italian Government, the "Adriatic and Ionian Council / EUSAIR Ministerial Meeting" held in Ioannina last 11 May, appointed Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta as the new AII Secretary General for a three years mandate.

Amb. Castellaneta replaces Amb. Fabio Pigliapoco at the end of his second mandate.

Ministers expressed sincere congratulations to the newly appointed Secretary General wishing him a fruitful mandate.

They also expressed sincere thanks to the outgoing Secretary General who served with passion and competence. Under his guidance, the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative has undergone a deep transformation, adapting itself to a completely new situation after the adoption of the "EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region" , and changing its character in order to contribute reaching the objective of the Strategy.