Implement a shared policy in the Adriatic-Ionian area on issues related to the “Blue Growth”, such as maritime transport, energy connectivity, water pollution, marine environmental protection, promotion of sustainable tourism and social, environmental and economic sustainability. This is the goal of BLUEAIR, the new project for the creation of a macro-regional system, which under the slogan “BLUEAIR: two seas, different territories, together, moving the Blue Growth forward” was presented to policy makers, research institutions and other stakeholders of the ADRION area within the “Blue Growth and macro-regional strategies in S3: a comparison between the Adriatic-Ionian regions” national event.

The event held online on October 15th, saw the participation of the Friuli Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Puglia and Sicily Regions among others.

With a budget of 2,240,000 Euros funded by the Interreg ADRION 2021-2027 program, BLUEAIR involves 11 partners – of which Area Science Park in Trieste is the project leader – with a specific research experience in blue technologies, fishing and aquaculture, flanked by 20 additional associated strategic partners – regional and state public administrations, port authorities, research institutions, universities. The goal of the collaboration of this multitude of subjects is to foster an Innovation community able to seize the national and transnational networking opportunities, with a shared strategic vision and the common adoption of Capacity Building processes, procedures such as EDP – Processes of Entrepreneurial Discovery and other intervention tools.

In its first months of activity, BLUEAIR has already identified 3 development trajectories and is currently setting up a screening phase, through questionnaires, to better analyze the needs of the sector operators. One of the territorial challenges present today in the ADRION area is in any case the exceeding of the difference of approach to innovation and governance in the Blue Growth area, and the achievement of a common standard among the different regions involved in the adoption of S3 policies.

BLUEAIR partners

Area Science Park, Trieste, project leader – Chamber of Economy of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo – Croatian Chamber of Economy, Zagreb – Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre Tehnopolis, Nikšić – Municipality of Izola – National Agency for Scientific Research and Innovation, Tirana – Region of Central Macedonia, Thessaloniki – Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd., Ljubljana – The Chamber of Economy of Montenegro. Podgorica – University of Belgrade – Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, Belgrade – University of Piraeus research center, Piraeus