The Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi met with SG Roberto Antonione in a conference call on 24 April, in order to exchange views on activities of joint interest with a special focus on the response to COVID-19, including possible concerted actions.
Around 150 people from different countries had the chance to exchange ideas and suggest recommendations on the bioeconomy strategy as well as provide inputs on related action plans during the second of a series of four webinars on “Shaping Innovation Ecosystem for the Bioeconomy”.
Due to the pandemic caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, the core activities and services have been severely weakened worldwide. In light of the difficulties affecting schools, working environments, and the healthcare system in particular, the CEI wishes to promptly support its Member States by launching an Extraordinary Call for Proposals tackling specific needs at the local level.
The FORTIS project - supported under the Interreg Italy - Slovenia Programme 2014 - 2020 - was officially launched on 9 March.

The opening ceremony of the eighth edition of the International Master in Public Procurement Management (IMPPM) was held in Rome, on 3 March.

A policy discussion on demographic challenges in the Western Balkans was organised by the Slovene Centre for European Perspective (CEP) under its flagship youth project, the Young Bled Strategic Forum in cooperation with the CEI-Executive Secretariat.
The transfer of know-how on market coupling initiatives among EU Member States to the National Regulatory Authorities of Albania (ERE), Energy Water Services Regulatory Commission of North Macedonia (ERC), Montenegro (REGAGEN) and Serbia (AERS) is the main objective of the third phase of the Know-how Exchange Programme project “CEI support for strengthening Energy Regulatory Authorities in the Western Balkans” launched in Sofia on 21 February.
Valorising the remarkable and unique geological, historical and naturalistic heritage of North Macedonia is one of the main objectives of the Know-how Exchange Programme project GECCOSPARK officially launched in Skopje (North Macedonia) on 12-14 February.

The first meeting of the Committee of National Coordinators (CNC) under the Montenegrin CEI Presidency took place in Podgorica on 12 February.<

Developing joint and innovative measures to improve services in cross-border trains operated by HZPP and SZPP between Slovenia and

The intense 6-month implementation period of creative innovation within the 48 SMEs awarded with a 4helix+ innovation voucher has recently been concluded.

On 15-16 January, The Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA-LUR) hosted the 5th Steering Committee meeting of the

The CEI Award 2020 at the Trieste Film Festival goes to Marko Škop from Slovakia for his film Let there be light/Nech je svetlo. It was presented by Zoran Jovanovic, CEI Deputy Secretary General, on the occasion of the awarding ceremony in Trieste on 20 January.
The Heads of Government of the CEI Member States or their representatives as well as high-level representatives of international and regional organisations and institutions gathered in Rome on 19 December for the concluding event of the Italian CEI Presidency, the CEI Summit.
On 18 December, around 50 delegates from 20 countries gathered in Rome - at the premises of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità - ISS (Italian National Public Health Institute) - to participate in the Summit of the Public Health Alliance Central Eastern Europe (PHACEE) supported under the Italian CEI Presidency.

On 16 December, the final conference of the European project NAMIRG took place at the premises of the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed after a long series of meetings and discussions is not to be considered an endpoint, but rather the beginning. We are starting from here to develop new innovative ways to improve the connectivity of cross-border public transport between Trieste, Muggia and Koper, with a particular focus on maritime connections.
The Ministers of research, innovation and higher education of the CEI Member States gathered in Trieste on 13 December for their Ministerial Meeting on Science and Research.
Mladen Sarcevic, Serbian Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, visited the CEI-Executive Secretariat right after the Ministerial Meeting on Science and Research in Trieste on 13 December.