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In a morning press conference held at the CEI Headquarters on 26 September, the prestigious Rainer Maria Rilke International Prize and its programme were unveiled, presenting deserving participants and their exceptional literary contributions.

The Steering Committee of the project NAMIRS - North A driatic Maritime Incident Response System convened in Zagreb on 26 September to present the activities’ progress and fine-tune their work for the trainings and activities scheduled for this autumn.

The Luiss School of Government and the Luiss School of Law brought a delegation of public officials from North Macedonia to Rome on 4-8 September to participate in a course on preventing and combating corruption in public administration.

The gathering brought together high-level officials from Ministries of Health, health attaches from Brussels-based diplomatic missions, WHO representatives, and the representatives of the relevant Directorates-General of the European Commission and EU agencies dealing with health issues.

The SUSTANCE Project witnessed a pivotal meeting held in Zagreb on 19-20 September, where project partners convened to assess its progress and chart the course ahead.

Global interest in Science Diplomacy, both as a policy tool and a field of research, has been growing in recent years, also thanks to the support of the European Union and the establishment of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance in 2021.

The informal MFA meeting (luncheon) on the margins of the UN General Assembly, where the CEI has had observer status since 2011, was successfully held in New York on 20 September. 

On 18 September, the IDEAHL project consortium organised an enlightening online workshop titled "Synergies on (Digital) Health Literacy," inviting key European-funded projects and policymakers. Despite the exclusivity, the event attracted a notable group of 20 participants, laying the foundations for future collaborations.

The presentation of the third edition of the Barcolana Sea Summit, themed "Together for the Mediterranean Sea," was held at the CEI Headquarters on 18 September.

Key stakeholders, policymakers, and experts gathered in Maribor (Slovenia) on 11-12 September to attend the final conference of the ANETREC project (Academic network supporting EU policies towards Western Balkans with emphasis on regional cooperation based on reconciliation).
Building on discussions held during a public event at the CEI headquarters on 26 June 2023, which focused on the quest to quantify the potential demand for a direct passenger train service between the Italian city of Trieste and the Croatian city of Rijeka, a comprehensive study has been conducted by Professors Raffaele Pesenti, Andrea Stocchetti and Pietro Lanzini from the Department of Management at Ca' Foscari University.

On 6-7 September, PROCAREFUL partners met in Ljubljana for the co-creation session for the development of a PROCAREFUL hybrid model to support homecare services.

Tijana Rakočević, born in 1995 in Montenegro, is a poet, playwright, and writer of fiction as well as a doctoral student at the Faculty of Philology in Nikšić and a member of the editorial board of the literary and cultural newspaper Fokalizator.

The Young Bled Strategic Forum, held on 25-28 August, saw over 40 young leaders from diverse backgrounds convene in a spirit of cooperation, dialogue, and empowerment.

The inaugural gathering on the CEI Youth Agenda was organised on the sidelines of the 18th Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) in Bled, Slovenia on 29 August. The meeting brought together institutional representatives designated by CEI Member States, responsible for shaping youth policies, education, and other vital youth-related matters.

The CEI National Coordinators have recently approved two new Technical Cooperation Projects (TCs), to be funded under the CEI Fund at the EBRD, entirely financed by the Italian Government, through a total grant worth 500,000 EUR.
Public and private institutions registered in a CEI Member State, NGOs/CSOs as well as international organisations, are invited to apply to the CEI Cooperation Fund which is financed by annual contributions of all CEI Member States for innovative actions favouring mobility and networking.
The action has been carried out under the guidance of the Business and Professional Women CR (BPWCR) organising the Prague conference.
On 26 July the CEI-Executive Secretariat took part in a roundtable organised in Udine within the Mittelfest – a renowned cultural festival in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, which confirms the special relations of this Region with neighbouring countries in geographical, historical and cultural terms.  
The projects - to be financed through a total grant worth 1.5 million EUR - will support Moldova, North Macedonia, Ukraine and the Balkan Region, respectively in the fields of enterprise development, transport, energy and capacity building.
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