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Adriatic-Ionian Initiative (AII)
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The Republic of Serbia has been participating in the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative since 2000, when the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was admitted as a full-fledged member. After the dissolution of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia has continued its membership of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative, on the basis of the principle of succession.

Picture 015_copyAII Member States Senior Officials’ Committee meeting in Belgrade during the 2011 Chairmanship of R. Serbia The Adriatic and Ionian Initiative has eight member countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia. The Adriatic-Ionian Initiative was established at the Summit in Ancona in May 2000, when the Foreign Ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia adopted the Ancona Declaration promoting dialogue and cooperation among AII member countries.

The highest body of the Adriatic Ionian Initiative is the Council of Foreign Ministers which meets annually. The Committee of Senior Officials coordinates AII activities and prepares meetings of the AII Council. Decisions are adopted by consensus.

AII activities are taking place within four roundtables:
  • Tourism, culture and inter-university cooperation;
  • Transport and maritime cooperation;
  • Environment and fire protection;
  • Cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises.
The seat of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative is located in Ancona (Italy). The Secretariat was established in 2008. The AII Secretary General is Ambassador Fabio Pigliapoco.

The Adriatic Ionian Initiative established the Regional Cooperation Programme for co-financing AII projects. The main and, for now, the only donator is the Government of R. Italy. More about this Programme and the first "Call for Proposals" read here.

The Republic of Serbia chaired the AII from 1 June 2011 to 31 May 2012. Bosnia and Herzegovina chairs the AII from June 2014 to May 2015. More detailed information concerning the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative can be found at the internet address

National Coordinator of the Republic of Serbia for AII is Mr. Pavle Jankovic, Head of the Department for Regional Initiatives (phone: + 381 11 306 8722, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).