Apr 08

Project report "Macro-regional dynamics in the Mediterranean areas: The case of the Adriatic Macro-region”, by Battistina Cugusi

This paper on Macro-regional dynamics in the Mediterranean areas aims to analyse the process behind the establishment of Adriatic-Ionian macro-region identifying the peculiarities in terms of drivers, policy areas and institutional actors involved. It does so also by confronting this process with the main elements of the overall macro-regional dynamics in the Mediterranean, including the attempts to set up a Western Mediterranean macro-region.  

Since the launch of the first macro-region in the Baltic in 2009, many other cross-border and transnational areas have expressed their interest in establishing a macro-region. The macro-regional vague have invested also the Mediterranean area, where a sub-regional approach seems to prevail with the establishment of an Adriatic-Ionian by 2014, while a debate is still on-going on the possibility to set up a Western Mediterranean macro-region. 

In the Adriatic-Ionian area, the process of the establishment of a macro-region have seen a strong coalition between the Member States bordering the Adriatic sea coupled, at the same time, by the entrepreneurship and pro-activeness of Italian Adriatic regions. A specific Foundation with regional participation has been set up in order to sustain the macro-regional process. All the Adriatic regions dialogue with the Italian central government and put forward suggestions to improve the elaboration of a common paper of proposals for an action plan for the macro-region. 

Another key feature of the future Adriatic Ionian macro-region is represented by a strong external dimension, involving Member states and the south-east partners, which are about to become member of the EU (Croatia) or which are part of the pre-accession process (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania). The Adriatic-macro-region will then respond to specific goals, representing a mean to further advance in the integration process of the Balkan countries in the EU. In this case, the coordination effort will encompass the internal policy to include also EU pre-accession policies and financial instruments. 

Contact the author: 

Battistina Cugusi,  CeSPI (Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale)

battistina.cugusi @

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Project information
Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €