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The third Committee of National Coordinators (CNC) meeting under the Moldovan CEI Presidency took place in Istanbul on 30 May at the premises of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC PERMIS). It followed the Coordination meeting between the BSEC and the CEI at Troika and Secretariat level.

Upon the initiative of the Moldovan CEI Presidency, on 29 May, the CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) participated in a BSEC-CEI Coordination Meeting in Istanbul at the premises of the BSEC’s Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS), and in the presence of the Troikas of both Organisations (CEI: Moldova – current, Bulgaria – past and Albania – next; BSEC: Serbia – current, Moldova – past and Türkiye – next).

The CEI-Executive Secretariat has formally  launched the first Danube Biomethane Hub in the framework of the GreenMeUp project.

On the occasion of her mission to Chisinau for the CEI Parliamentary Committee Meeting, CEI Deputy Secretary General Ivana Holoubková visited the office of ALDA - European Association for Local Democracy in Moldova on 24 May, and met with Alexandru Coica, Head of Unit.
The importance of regional cooperation as a tool for addressing the current challenges and mitigating the impact of the war across the region as well as for further promoting the EU integration process was at the core of the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee of the CEI Parliamentary Dimension, held in Chisinau on 22-24 May  under the Moldovan CEI Presidency for 2023.
The Public Institution Technical School Center Zvornik, Bosnia and Herzegovina - 3rd place winner of the 2022 edition of Call for Ideas and Award Competition “ IMAGINE!” Active Young Citizens for Sustainable Development in CEI and AII Areas for their project idea on “Educating young people of damage of environmental pollution and ways to improve it, their impact on climate changes, an exhibition of sculptures made of recycled material, has used its award of €20.000 to install a new eco-sustainable lighting system in the school.

After four years of successful activities, the partners of the ACSELL project gathered for their final event at the University of Tübingen in Germany on 16 May.

On 17 May, the CEI Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) attended the ADRIASPILLCON 2023 in Opatija, Croatia together with high-level speakers and stakeholders from the Adriatic coastal States, the Mediterranean region, the European countries, and other parts of the world.  

Enhancing cooperation through joint activities between the CEI and ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy) in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2022, was at the centre of discussions during a meeting at the CEI HQ in Trieste on 15 May.

The CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 edition of the Call for Ideas and Award Competition “IMAGINE” Active Young Citizens for Sustainable Development in Central European Initiative (CEI) and Adriatic Ionian Initiative (AII) Areas (deadline: 28 February 2023). 
We are glad to announce the Call for Proposals for the CEI Know‐how Exchange Programme (KEP), a development instrument aimed at supporting the transfer of expertise from organisations in the EU to peers in the non‐EU countries within the CEI region.
On 9-10 May, NAMIRS (North Adriatic Maritime Incident Response System) partners from the Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, the Italian Coast Guard and the Slovene Civil Protection Administration attended - as observers - the annual RAMOGEPOL exercise in Toulon (France).

On 18 April the Interreg Central Europe project GRETA - Greening Regional fReight Transport in fuAs - kick-started its activities under the coordination of the Institute for Transport and Logistics Foundation (ITL).

As a follow-up of the 2021 edition focused on “Music diplomacy”, this year’s CEI Piano Forum (Sacile, Italy, 2-6 May) – organised by the Association Piano FVG - provided a platform for exchanging good practices and experiences, but also ideas and prospects to support the young musicians from the CEI region in their early career. Special attention was paid to the need for strengthening the mobility of musicians; the perspectives offered by the multimedia technologies; the promotion of gender equality and equal opportunities for male and female musicians.

Through the CEI Fund at the EBRD, Italy is providing support to micro and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Moldova by financing the technical assistance project “Advice for Small Businesses in Moldova (Youth and Skills)” with 300,000 EUR.

Representatives of the national water regulators of Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia met in Brussels on 4-5 May, in the framework of the official launch of the project “Assessing the effectiveness and affordability of tariff-setting methodologies in covering drinking water and wastewater services costs in the Western Balkans” financed by Italy under the CEI Know-how Exchange Programme.

Upon invitation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Elmedin Konaković, Secretary General Roberto Antonione participated in the opening of the event “Mid-term Evaluation of the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in AII member states”, held in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on 5 May. 

Today, at the margins of the event “Mid-term Evaluation of the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in AII member states”, held in Banja Luka, (Bosnia and Herzegovina), CEI Secretary General Roberto Antonione met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Elmedin Konaković.

The CEI and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) are proud to announce the 2023 Call for Applications focused on “Investigative reporting in times of crises”.

Thanks to the 1st place winning project "Active young citizens for sustainable development in Bulgaria", on 11-17 March, the CEI beneficiaries had the chance to visit the United Nations headquarters in New York, where they got to know the work of the global forum in depth, visited the halls where the General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council meet, and met H.E. Lachezara Stoeva, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations and President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
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