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On 14 June, a delegation from the CEI-Executive Secretariat headed by Secretary General Roberto Antonione paid a visit to Zagreb to meet with the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenković and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Gordan Grlić Radman.

We are proud to announce that the CEI has become a Bronze Sponsor of the “Giuseppe Tartini 330” project in honour of the 330th anniversary of the birth of the renowned composer and violinist from Piran/Pirano (Slovenia).

Several speakers, starting from Alain Baron, European Commission, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, underlined the importance of multimodal transport and in particular of rail connections with ports, as their main link to the hinterland.
Representatives of associations of local and regional authorities (LRAs) from the CEI Member States, Mayors and local leaders - among which the Deputy Minister of Environment and Water, Nikolay Sidzhimovas - had the chance to exchange views and make their voices heard on the topic "CEI Local and Regional Authorities in the post crisis Europe - prospects for sustainable and resilient future".
In her welcome address, DSG Nina Kodelja highlighted the importance the CEI attached to partnerships also in the field of health - a priority element included in the CEI Plan of Action 2021-2023. She mentioned the work carried out since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, recalling, in particular, the CEI-WHO Task Force in response to the COVID-19 emergency, and the political endorsement - at the level of the prime ministers - of the WHO roadmap for Health and well-being in Western Balkans, at the margins of the CEI Summit in December 2021. 
The thematisation of theatre as an effective and successful method for the social activation of vulnerable groups was the focus of the CEI-supported conference “Theatre Inclusion-Social Activation“ held on 1-3 June 2022 during the 57th Maribor Theatre Festival, the oldest and most prominent international theatre festival in Slovenia.

The CEI-Executive Secretariat - in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - has recently concluded a promotional tour to capital cities of several Member States, namely Tirana, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Sofia and Skopje.

The activity will focus, in particular, on strengthening the inter-institutional cooperation by reinforcing the capacities of Government officials engaged in the sector by involving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Ministry of Interior, the Cabinet of the Minister for Diaspora, the State Statistical Office, the National Bank, and the Office of the Prime Minister.
Discussions focused on the agenda and challenges of the upcoming Presidency and more specifically, assessed the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian war on the future of European security; and also explored a number of other key issues, such as the significance of the recent political reshuffle in Central Europe, the recommendations of the Conference on the Future of Europe as well as the new challenges to the Green Deal initiative. 

On the occasion the Italian Research Day in the World, the Italian Embassy in Slovenia, invited the NAMIRS Project partner OGS as a speaker, to discuss cross- border cooperation in the field of research in the North Adriatic.

The gathering - held under the Bulgarian CEI Presidency 2022 - was opened by Nikola Minchev, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria and chaired by Ms. Denitsa Simeonova, Head of the Bulgarian Delegation to the CEI PD.
The project encourages early-career scientists from non-EU CEI Member States in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans to participate in Programme for Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL).

The second meeting of the Committee of National Coordinators (CNC) under the CEI Bulgarian Presidency 2022 took place in Trieste on 11 May, the first in a fully in-person format since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The CEI-funded conference organised by Makgeopark (NGO Stenae) and the Municipality of Demir Kapija, North Macedonia on 6 - 8 May, witnessed the participation of representatives from existing UNESCO geoparks from CEI Member States as well as experts in field of geodiversity and environmental sciences.

In light of the cooperation established between the WHO Europe and CEI – Executive Secretariat, the latter was invited to attend, as observer, the virtual special session of the Regional Committee for Europe on 10 May, to consider the health situation in Ukraine and the wider consequences of the ongoing war on health matters in t

Ms. Ivana Holoubková and Ms. Zsuzsanna Király, respectively from the Czech Republic and Hungary,  who were appointed as CEI Deputy Secretaries General on 7 April 2022, officially took up their new duties at the CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) on 1 May.

The 10th CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators, organised by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee and co-financed by the CEI Cooperation Fund, took place at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice on 22 April. 

The 13th Equal Pay Day conference, organised by the non-profit organisation Business and Professional Women CR (BPWCR), was held in Prague on 8-10 Apri

The Central European Initiative (CEI) strongly condemns the unjustifiable, more than a month-long military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, a valued member of the CEI. The Russian assault on medical institutions, using cluster bombs and killing innocent civilians is inhumane and completely unacceptable.

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