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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.

What are the main features of the European territorial cooperation? What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on this tool, its practices and policies? What are the main challenges and opportunities for the 2021-2027 European programming period?

The CEI - Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) has hosted again this year part of the works of OberMUN 2022 “Shaping our future together” held in Trieste on 1-3 April.

The design and implementation of EU-funded projects is a powerful tool for the attainment of the CEI’s goals and objectives.

Today, 31 March, the CEI Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) organised a press conference in order to present the recently launched CEI – led project NAMIRS- North Adriatic Maritime Incident Response System co-financed by the European Commission (DG ECHO) in the framework of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

On 25 March 2022, the CEI Member States decided to suspend the Republic of Belarus of its rights of representation in the CEI, as a consequence of the country's actions in support of the aggression against Ukraine.

In response to the extremely dire and worrying humanitarian emergency in Ukraine, a CEI Member State, the CEI has decided to provide support to the people, affected by the conflict in Ukraine, through a humanitarian contribution of 80,000 EUR to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

On 15 March, a delegation from the CEI-Executive Secretariat headed by Secretary General Roberto Antonione met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani in Skopje. 

On 4 March, CEI Secretary General Roberto Antonione and the President of ALDA the European Association of Local Democracy, Oriano Otočan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Trieste.

We at the Executive Secretariat of the Central European Initiative (CEI) take note with great regret of the fact that the recent developments have severely hampered the CEI's mission, undermining its strategic goals and principle objectives, and diminishing the results achieved in more than 30 years since its establishment.
In this difficult moment, as Secretary General of the Executive Secretariat of the Central European Initiative, I wish to express our solidarity with Ukraine and its people, and our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, a valuable Member State of the CEI. I hope the respect for the principles of international law may still prevail. Condemning the military action against Ukraine, we stand by its Government and citizens. - SG Roberto Antonione

The 1st Committee of National Coordinators Meeting under the Bulgarian CEI Presidency was held in Trieste on 23 February.

A delegation of the CEI-Executive Secretariat, led by the Secretary General Roberto Antonione, visited Sofia today for consultations on the priorities and programme of this year’s Bulgarian CEI Presidency.

The newly approved CEI-led ADRIPASS PLUS project kicked off its activities with a first online consortium meeting on 20 January, setting its deadlines and activities.

The CEI Award 2022 at the Trieste Film Festival (TSFF) goes to the Serbian director Milica Tomović for her film Kelti (Celts). It was presented by Zoran Jovanovic, Special Advisor to the CEI Secretary General on the occasion of the awarding ceremony held in Trieste on 24 January.
In the framework of International Migrants Day 2021, CEI Deputy Secretary General Nina Kodelja virtually took part in an event on 17 December, organised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
The project aimed at promoting the integration between the European and the Balkan regional electricity market by strengthening the capacities of the national regulatory authorities of project beneficiary countries to manage the process of market coupling between their national electricity market primarily with the Italian electricity market in accordance with the EU best practices.
The video gives an overview of the health ecosystem in the region as well as the relevant regional policies. It is divided into an initial part presenting regional health policies, followed by a brief illustration of the intelligent specialisation strategy.
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