Networking Meeting with other Regional and International Organisations operating in CEI area
The Macedonian CEI Presidency, in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, organised on 4 May in Vienna a Networking Meeting gathering the CEI Committee of National Coordinators (CNC) and representatives of various regional and international organisations.
The meeting served as a platform to take note of the well-established cooperation between the CEI and other regional organisations and to exchange views on future joint actions. It also served as a platform for exploring the possibility of collaborating with a number of UN specialised agencies in the context of last year’s resolution adopted by the General Assembly, as well as with a number of other organisations.
As its mission says, "The CEI is a regional forum open to change, committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union, other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organisations, as well as international and regional organisations."
The CEI’s rising role as a bridge between macro-regions was also discussed, thanks to its geopolitical position connecting both the existing and upcoming Macro-regional Strategies i.e. for the Baltic Sea Region, the Danube Region, the Adriatic-Ionian Region and the Alps.
As pointed out by Michael Linhart, Secretary General of the Austrian Ministry, “pinpointing favourable synergies to avoid unnecessary overlappings was the basic idea behind the organisation of a meeting with representatives of 15 regional and international organisations. In times of rigorous budgetary restraints worldwide, it constitutes an undertaking that could generate real streamlined, value-added and cost effective cooperation.”
CEI Secretary General, Amb. Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri, in agreement with Linhart’s reasoning underlined that “networking is very important since nowadays many of us can accomplish our missions in cooperation with each other”.
On the occasion of the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the CEI and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) was signed. The document aims at developing a closer research collaboration between the two stakeholders, by fostering the exchange of scientists and specialists and of graduate and post-graduate students, as well as the development of joint collaborative research proposals and the organisation of meetings, workshops, conferences etc.
From left: Amb. Caracciolo di Vietri, CEI SG; Mr. Linhart, Austrian MFA SG; Amb. Ivanovski, CEI NC