Dubrovnik County Prefect Re-Elected Adriatic-Ionian Euroregion President

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ZAGREB, February 9, 2018 – Dubrovnik-Neretva County prefect Nikola Dobroslavić has been re-elected president of the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion for a second two-year term in Termoli, Italy, the county said in a press release on Friday.

Dobroslavić was re-elected on Thursday at an assembly which also accepted the membership applications of the Una-Sana and Hercegbosna cantons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro’s Budva municipality and Italy’s Calabria region. The Adriatic Ionian Euroregion now has 33 members from Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Greece.

The assembly included a panel on the Cohesion Policy in the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion after 2020.

Dobroslavić noted that the European Parliament recently adopted an enlargement strategy for the Western Balkans, saying all countries must meet the entry criteria. He said the rule of law, good neighbourly relations, reaching an adequate level of security and the possibility of migration constituted a good approach which the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion supported. He said a multi-speed Europe was not acceptable as it abandoned the fundamental tenet of a single EU in which every country would see its chance.

“The Cohesion Policy must be the fundamental EU policy, accessible to all and simpler in implementation. That’s the firm position of the Committee of the Regions. Without it there is no equal development of all parts of the EU and we in the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion see the lack of connectivity as one of the biggest problems,” Dobroslavić said.

He underlined the need for better ferry services, an Adriatic-Ionian motorway, a faster rail and air connections, saying investment in that was not possible without the cohesion policy.


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