"The Adriatic Sea unites the countries of the two shores in a deep relationship of cooperation in which tourism represents one of the most effective instruments for economic, cultural and social development. The aim is one of the main objectives of the IPA community programme." This is the strong message that emerged from the workshop entitled ‘The IPA Adriatic Programme for an integrated development of tourism of the Adriatic,’ which took place at the International Tourism Fair (BIT) in Milan at the Abruzzi Region stand.All the speakers underlined the central role of tourism in the development of States and Regions involved in the IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme (2007-2013) which decided to participate in the world fair with a dedicated stand, with the aim of illustrating, in a total overview, the opportunities of the development of tourism in the Adriatic area, also in light of the possibility of participating in calls for proposals by the initiative, which involves 8 States and 7 Regions , and which has the Abruzzi Region as leader. . Speakers at the event, the most important of the three days, were the councillor for Tourism and culture of the Abruzzi Region, Mauro Di Dalmazio, the head of the management authority of the programme, Giovanna Andreola, director of the Abruzzi Region, the head of the Cross-border Cooperation of the CroatianMinistry of Regional Development, Marjia Rajakovic, and the head of the Cooperation service of the Apulia Region, Bernardo Notarangelo. . "These community programmes represent an extraordinary opportunity on which politics must reason more, above all in a moment of reduced availability of ordinary funds with the aim of spending the precious resources in a better way in a framework that is strategic and functional to other initiatives in the field of the territories," explained Di Dalmazio. . "In particular, tourism in the IPA is fundamental forlinking the two shores and making an important driving force for development§And the number of projects presented proves this." . In illustrating the aims and the numbers of the programme "considered fundamental by the EU for strategy, for the territories that it involves and the resources, some 280 million euros, which it puts into play," the management authority, Andreola, underlined that "the IPA exists because the Adriatic Sea exists, which is not a dividing element, but one that unites countries that must continue to work together to strengthen cooperation, in a context in which tourism, in all its forms, can contribute to overall growth in a vision of cooperation." . For Marjia Rajakovic, "sustainable tourism is a priority in Croatia, the facts demonstrate that tourism is very important on both shores of the Adriatic, where there are similar problems and similar opportunities, where, thanks to IPA, an Adriatic identity can be created." . For Bernardo Notarangelo, "the IPA is a great opportunity, it promotes a great relationship between the two shores and thus it acknowledges in them the precious role aimed at unifying the territories. We must all continue to deepen every effort in the service of the people and population involved." . The presence of the community programme at BIT, a complete innovation in experiences of this type, organised as part of the communication plan, also aims to present the wealth of experiences that are concrete and are models of cooperation of tourism development implemented in the previous phase of community programming 2000-2006, as part of the Interreg IIIA Adriatic Cross-border Programme. . IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme involves eight States: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia e Greece; and seven Regions: Abruzzi, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marches, Apulia and Molise. . It has total funding of around 280 million euros and aims to harmonise the Adriatic cross-border area in the names of cooperation that is economic, institutional, cultural, tourism-related, environmental and infrastructural. (ANSAmed).
Source: Vecchio sito IPA