IPA ADRION: The first call projects are approved

Feb 21, 2024 | News

On 20th February, during a meeting held in Zagreb, the Interreg IPA ADRION Monitoring Committee announced the approval under conditions of 67 projects out of a total of 222 applications received in the first call for project proposals.


Members of the IPA ADRION Monitoring Committee during the meeting in Zagreb on 20th February.


The first call, was open from 4 April to 30 June 2023 and targeted all content priorities (1-3) along with the majority of their specific objectives (SO) within the programme.

Projects approved under conditions will receive financing totaling MEUR 85,9 Interreg Funds. This financial support will be strategically utilized to advance transnational activities spanning the entire spectrum of the topics bellow:


  •  Priority 1- supporting a smarter Adriatic and Ionian region

SO 1.1 Strengthening innovation capacities in the Adriatic – Ionian region

  • Priority 2- supporting a greener and climate-resilient Adriatic and Ionian region

SO 2.1 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience taking into account eco-system based approaches

SO 2.2 Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy

SO 2.3 Enhancing protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure, including in urban areas, and reducing all forms of pollution

SO 2.4 Promoting sustainable multimodal urban mobility, as part of transition to a net zero carbon economy.

  • 3.Priority 3 Supporting a carbon neutral and better-connected Adriatic and Ionian region

SO 3.1 – Strengthening a carbon neutral smart mobility in the Adriatic- Ionian region


→ Within the framework of Priority 1, a total of 19 projects have received funding with the aim of enhancing innovation capacities through the specific objective of SO 1.1. These projects address issues such as sustainable blue economy; energy transition and renewable energies; SMEs modernization and development; clustering creation; environmental challenges; and digitalization.

→ In the context of Priority 2, 14 projects were approved under SO 2.1, covering topics of a system-level approach to transnational civil protection disaster management; AI tools used for early detection and monitoring systems; marine pollution and spillover of pollutants; prevention of wildfires; prevention of floods; and preventing water scarcity through water management.

→ With regard to the promotion of the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy (SO 2.2), 8 projects received approval for funding and will tackle topics such as Marketplace for up-cycled products; Sustainability and circularity in the furniture sector; Circularity in the agrifood sector; Blue circular economy.

→ Under SO 2.3, 13 projects received approval to address a spectrum of issues, tackling the protection and restoration of terrestrial habitats and populations of large carnivores; restoration and conservation of nursery areas and management of blue carbon ecosystems; provision of ecosystem services (ES). These projects will also engage with a diverse array of issues under consideration, encompassing the reduction of soil and plastic pollution; transnational harmonization of the application of maritime monitoring; development of habitat design solutions in rural and urban areas; implementation of the Habitat/Birds Directive in Mediterranean coastal dune environments.

→ In the context of promoting sustainable multimodal urban mobility as part of the transition to a net-zero carbon economy (SO 2.4), 7 projects have been approved. These projects will address issues such as Intelligent Transport System solutions, sustainable urban mobility plans, and active modes (e.g., cycling, walking), including electro-mobility-related solutions.

→ Lastly, under Priority 3, 6 projects were funded to contribute to carbon-neutral smart mobility, under the umbrella of SO 3.1. These projects will focus on addressing issues such as Environmental performance and energy efficiency for low carbon port systems; Adoption of alternative fuels /RES in port transport and infrastructures; Dematerialization of port transport; and the development of Motorways of the sea and Short Sea Shipping.


Overall, the granted projects involve 606 beneficiaries located in the Adriatic Ionian programme area.

List of approved projects under conditions can be found here.


Next Steps

Lead applicants who submitted proposals for the first call will receive official notification of the selection results in the coming days.


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