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The Annual Meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) was held in Budva on 28 June 2011 under the Montenegrin Presidency, followed by a Foreign Ministers Meeting and the Summit of the Organization in Sveti Stefan (Montenegro).

The Life in Transition Survey (LiTS), conducted jointly by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank, was launched on 29 June.

The roundtable offered filmakers from the CEI Region the opportunity to debate upon the status of cinematography in their respective countries.

So far, more than 30.000 paying visitors from Italy and abroad have visited the exhibition “‘Biennale 2011. Lo stato dell’arte. Friuli Venezia Giulia’, promoted by the Italian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, which includes the CEI section “Free Port of Art”, organised by the CEI Secretariat and the "Trieste Contemporanea" Committee.

Under the CEI Know-How Exchange Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) carried out a project to facilitate the know-how transfer from experts and local Italian stakeholders to a delegation of seven officials from Montenegro.

The CEI University Network General Assembly Meeting was hosted by the Adam Mickiewicz University - Centre for European Integration in Poznan on 3 June 2011.

7 Projects have recently been approved within the call for proposals launched by the KEP AUSTRIA Programme with a total CEI grant of 200.000.

High ranking academics, experienced foreign service officers and young diplomats gathered on 2 - 4 June on the occasion of the 14th CEI Dubrovnik Diplomatic Forum organised by the Croatian Diplomatic Academy in cooperation with the CEI.

On the occasion of the 24th Meeting of the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs on 8 June in Bucharest, CEI Deputy Secretary General, Zoran Jovanovic emphasized that the Memorandum of Understanding, recently signed between the CEI and the BSEC, is paving the way for future activities in strategic fields of common interest such as transport and logistics, higher education, renewable energy and science and technology.
For more information: www.bsec-organization.org
 

On the occasion of the 12th International Competition for Chamber Music Ensembles “Premio Trio di Trieste”, which took place in Trieste from 23 to 28 May 2011, the CEI Award for Outstanding Performance (Euro 3.000) was assigned to the Duo Enescu (Alina Bercu and Dragos Manza) from Romania.

In the context of the CEI Research Fellowship Programme – CERES, co-funded by the EU under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, 10 fellowships were awarded to scientist from CEI countries, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Twelve Ministers for Foreign Affairs and six Deputy Ministers participated in the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Central European Initiative held in Trieste on 10 June 2011 and took the opportunity for a large number of bilateral meetings.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the Central European Initiative (CEI) held their annual meeting in Trieste on 10 June 2011. It was organised in cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and the CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES).

The 7th Meeting of the SEETAC Project (South East European Transport Axis Cooperation) took place on 30-31 May in Trieste at the CEI premises where the steering committee discussed the new developments of the project (database collection and future transport scenarios) and planned the future technical activities.

The  European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), a new European legal instrument designed to facilitate and promote cross-border cooperation, was presented on 27 May in Gorizia in the presence of Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini and the Mayors of Gorizia, Nova Gorica and Šempeter-Vrtojba.
CEI representatives, co-organizers of the EGTC through the ADRIA A Project (funded under the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Italy – Slovenia 2007-2013) also attended the event.

The first official technical meeting of the ATTAC Project took place in Miskolc, Hungary, on 23-26 May 2011.

Contemporary public art practice was the core issue of the fifth CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators, organised on 1 June at the  Headquarters of the UNESCO Regional Office in Venice by the "Trieste Contemporanea" Committee in cooperation with the CEI.

The Adria A Project was successfully presented at the European Parliament on 23 May in Brussels during an event co-organised by the CEI and hosted by Hon. Antonio Cancian (Member of the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament).

The CEI Parliamentary Committee Meeting took place in Belgrade under the Serbian Chairmanship on 19-22 May. 
Delegations from 13 CEI Member States (Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Ukraine) participated.

The meeting of the Co-ordinators of the National Small Business Act (Istanbul, 17-18 May 2011), was the first meeting  of the project on “Monitoring SME Policy Implementation in the Western Balkans”.

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