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The 16th Joint Monitoring Committee meeting at L'Aquila

The 16th Joint Monitoring Committee Meeting of the IPA ADRIATIC Cross-border Cooperation Programme will take place in L'Aquila (Italy) on 11-12 February 2014.

The Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC), which is composed of representatives of central and regional governments of the participating Countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia), will tackle many significant topics regarding the overall Programme running, the communication activities for 2014-2016, and will discuss the first level control offices’ activities carried out in the previous year.

Mr. Vicente Rodriguez Saez, deputy head of Unit Competence Centre Macro-regions and European Territorial Cooperation of the European Commission, will take part in the work of the JMC in an advisory capacity.

1st Adriatic Intercultural Day organized by the project SIMPLE

On Friday 31 of January the Istria Region, lead partner of the SIMPLE project (Strengthening the Identity of Minority People Leads to Equality) hosted the 1st Adriatic Intercultural Day in Rovinj. The meeting took place under the Auspices of the president of the Croatian Republic Ivo Josipović, and it represented the occasion for the partners of the project to assess the activities carried out thanks to the IPA Adriatic-funded transnational project.

Indeed, the consortium created agencies to support the multilingualism, intercultural education and information, and also to support minority women against multiple discriminations. The Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia (ISIG) presented the Adriatic Action Plan for Minority Rights pointing out the most urgent issue to address; which was followed up by the project partners' commitment to continue promoting the inclusion of the minorities.

Furthermore, Friday's meeting hosted a round table with representatives from competent national authorities which was moderated by Ms. Madi Sharma, member of the European Economic and Social Committee. Bahrija Sejfić, Deputy Director of the Government Office for Human Rights and National Minorities in Croatia; Marco Buemi, from UNAR (National Agency Against Racial Discrimination of the Italian Department for Equal Opportunities); Boris Jesih, State Secretary of the Government Office of Slovenians Abroad; Bardhylka Kospiri, Deputy Minister of Social Welfare and Youth in Albania and Blanka Radošević Marović, Deputy Minister for Minorities and Human Rights of Montenegro discussed about the implementation of minority rights, the consequent need to adapt national rules and regulation, and stressed the importance to ensure the continuation of initiatives such as the project SIMPLE. The afternoon session prized the winners of the Adriatic Journalist Award, established with the intent to encourage the work of media professionals engaged in the promotion of national, ethnic, linguistic and cultural minorities in the Adriatic area.

The Selection Committee prized Ita Semi (Albania), author of the reportage "The elderly between love for life and fear of oblivion", Hana Gelb (Croatia) with the documentary "My life in Vukovar", Karim Metref (Italy), editor of the journal "Perspectives - Other", and Špela Lenardic (Slovenia) with the program "Walks: Friulian Slavia".

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