Tirana Declaration: “EU-Youth-AIR cultural exchange” from the VII Adriatic and Ionian Council / EUSAIR Ministerial Meeting


On 16 May 2022, the Representatives of the Governments of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia and Slovenia, met in Tirana, with the participation of the European Commission, in the framework of the 7th Forum of the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) and launched the so-called Tirana Declaration: “EU-Youth-AIR cultural exchange” from the VII Adriatic and Ionian Council / EUSAIR Ministerial Meeting.

From 1 June 2022 to 31 May 2023, the AII/EUSAIR Chairmanship goes to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Key aspects to recall are the 2022 European Year of Youth, Tirana is the European YouthCapital for 2022 and youth is a priority of the current EUSAIR/AII Albanian Presidency. Youth as key driver of regional cooperation, reconciliation and peacebuilding needs to be empowered and in particular the inclusion of young people in the decision making process with a broad approach with the EUSAIR youth council being one of the instruments. The Sustainable Blue Economy and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans are important aims for the EUSAIR countries with a clear reaffirmation of advancing the enlargement process in the WBs.

The document also includes an Annex highlighting the most important achievements of the Albanian EUSAIR Chairmanship which include e.g.

  • including San Marino officially as the 10-th participating country of EUSAIR
  • Statement of AII-EUSAIR Trio on the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
  • Launch of the revision of the EUSAIR Action Plan.
  • Launch of EUSAIR Communication Academy programme for key EUSAIR stakeholders, governmental communicators and youth (EUSAIR Facility Point)
  • Launching thorough discussion on a EUSAIR youth council.
  • Continuation of youth engagement through POPRI initiative, a functioning network of technological parks that are offering knowledge support to educational institutions and mentors to train young (14-29-years-old) in entrepreneurial thinking. Final competition takes place during the Annual Forum and best one are to be awarded.
  • First EUSAIR Flagship succeeded to raise funds on the international call (project Namris within the ASOSCop contingency plan in the event of accidents at sea flagship1).
  • EUSAIR Facility Point launched numerous events to support ongoing EUSAIR processes (see document for details)


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Document type
  • Policy/Strategy


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Geographical focus
  • Albania
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General

Entry created by Elke Dall on May 17, 2022
Modified on May 17, 2022

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