“Adriatic-Ionian Macroregions as a response to common challenges in the region and a mechanism for EU accession of WB states to the EU” was the focus of the XV Adriatic and Ionian Council held in Brussels, on 27 May, under the Slovenian Presidency of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative (AII). “Since EU macro-regional strategies certainly do not imply the creation of new institutional structures, existing organisations such as the CEI or the AII represent the ideal partners to complement and put in practice the provisions of these strategies while encouraging coordination and synergies towards good neighbourly relations and a climate conducive to jointly address cross-border, transnational and interregional issues which cannot be effectively tackled from a national perspective” said CEI Secretary General Ambassador Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri addressing the meeting.    The full text of the speech of the CEI SG is available here.