Driving Digital Transformation in the Adriatic-Ionian Region: ADRION & IPA ADRION Programmes’ Response to Territorial Challenges- 16 May from 9 to 11.00, Sibenik

Apr 15, 2024 | Events

The IPA ADRION Programme is organizing the event “Driving Digital Transformation in the Adriatic-Ionian Region: ADRION & IPA ADRION Programmes’ Response to Territorial Challenges” as part of the 9th Annual EUSAIR FORUM. This event will be held in Sibenik, Croatia, on 16 May, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.


Digital solutions have become important tools in reducing social and economic disparities. Particularly in the Adriatic-Ionian region, that is characterized by significant gaps, the adoption of digital solutions by both public and private sectors have potential in addressing critical challenges across various sectors. Digital transformation has facilitated advancements in freight transport, public administration, resource accessibility, and the enhancement of citizen access to essential services like healthcare and social services.


About the Event 

In this event, the IPA ADRION Programme aims to spotlight the progress achieved in three specific sectors – cultural heritage, maritime sector, and health – through Interreg cooperation. The session will shed light on the role of innovation, particularly digitalization, in identifying solutions at local and transnational levels based on common gaps and needs. Additionally, potential follow-up actions within the IPA ADRION 2021-2027 Programme, such as replicability, scalability, and capitalization, along with their links to the EUSAIR Pillars, will be presented.

Topics that will be discussed:

  • Digital transformation
  • Digitalization
  • Reduction of disparities and identification of common solutions through digital transformation
  • Improvement of citizens’ quality of life through digital services
  • Enhancement of cultural heritage through digitization
About the projects

During the session, three projects will be highlighted:


SI4CARE Focused on social innovation for integrated healthcare services for the aging population in the ADRION Region, this project has facilitated the creation of a transnational effective ecosystem. It involves  a joint collaboration networks and a shared strategy translated into regional action plans, with pilots in telemedicine and healthcare accessibility to healthcare facilities.



ADRINETBOOK A project aimed at promoting, valorizing, and protecting cultural heritage in the Adriatic-Ionian area. Through the digitization of cultural properties- in particular books- and the creation of a network, this project seeks to make heritage accessible to a wider audience across Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Greece, and Serbia.


EUREKA This project focuses on the development and harmonization of procedures and regulations in maritime safety. By the establishment of the Maritime Safety Permanent Transnational Network and modernizing systems, harmonizing Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), and introducing Sea Traffic Management Services, EUREKA contributes significantly to optimizing logistical processes in maritime transport and ports.

The agenda

Moderator: Giovanni Vale, journalist at Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa

  • Key note speech 9.00 – 9.15

Mr Gilles Kittel, European Commission – DG REGIO

Panellists: presentation/roundtable discussion (10-15 minutes per each presentation/speech)

9.20 – 10.45

  • Mrs Darja Šemrov, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia – Project SI4CARE
  • Mr Miodarg Miljković, Special hospital for treatment and rehabilitation Merkur, Serbia – Project SI4CARE
  • Mr Petar Šolić, external associate of the University of Split, School of Medicine and the Teaching Institute for Public Health Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia -– Project SI4CARE
  • Mrs Ilaria Ribichini, Municipality of Macerata, Italy – Project ADRINETBOOK
  • Mrs Vesna Meštrić, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia – Project ADRINETBOOK
  • Mr Toni Maricevic, Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure, Croatia- Project EUREKA
  • Mr Cosmo Forte, Ministry of infrastructures and transport – Coast Guard Headquarters, Italy – Project EUREKA
  • Mrs Barbara Di Piazza, IPA ADRION Programme JS Secretariat 

Conclusions 10.45 – 11.00

  • Mr Lodovico Gherardi, IPA ADRION Programme Managing Authority

You can download the entire draft agenda for the event by clicking here.

Registration (closed)

To join the event, please register by selecting the title of the event: “Driving Digital Transformation in the Adriatic-Ionian Region: ADRION & IPA ADRION Programs’ Response to Territorial Challenges,” in the provided registration form here


About the Forum

The 9th Annual EUSAIR FORUMShaping the Future of EUSAIR– will be held in Sibenik, Croatia on the 15 & 16 May 2024, organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of Croatia and the EUSAIR Facility Point Project Partner, Ministry of Tourism and Sport of Croatian in close cooperation with the European Commission and supported by the EUSAIR Facility Point.

The forum offers a platform to discuss the revised EUSAIR, its Action Plan, and governance architecture. Moreover, stakeholders will engage in various discussions such the post-2027 Cohesion Policy of the EU. Learn more here.


Events like this are vital for collaboration, innovation, and sustainable development in our region. Join us in shaping the future of the Adriatic-Ionian area through digital transformation and cooperation between regions!