ALTERENERGY: International Conference in Bari, registrations and agenda

The future national and European strategies for the development of sustainable communities in the Adriatic: this is the topic at the heart of the International Conference “Small Communities towards and Adriatic SMART community”, promoted by the Mediterranean Department of Puglia Region within the ALTERENERGY Project. The Conference will be held in Bari on Thursday 12th December at Palace Hotel at 9.00 a.m.

 

57 communities chosen to date along the whole Adriatic coastline, 26 agreements already signed between project partners and relevant administrations, 18 foreseen action plans for sustainable energy, 2 infrastructural pilot projects to be carried out in Puglia and Albania and 6 smaller demonstrative projects: these are just some of the numbers of ALTERENERGY- Energy Sustainability for Adriatic Small Communities, the first Strategic Project funded within the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013, with an overall budget of 12.5 million Euros and a partnership of  18 organisations (Ministries, Regions, Development Agencies and local bodies) from all countries in the Adriatic area: Italy (the seven coastal regions), Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.  The project commenced in September 2011 and will last for 4 years. 

During the International Conference “Small Communities towards and Adriatic SMART community”, promoted by the Mediterranean Department of the Puglia Region (Lead Partner) to be held in Bari at Palace Hotel (13, Francesco Lombardi Street) on Thursday 12th December 2013, the main points of discussion will be not only the results obtained up until now from the project’s activities but also the future national and European strategies for the development of sustainable Adriatic communities. These discussions will be the start of a political dialogue which will encourage all of the Adriatic countries to actively introduce, as part of their own National Energy Plans, the model developed and tested within of ALTERENERGY. As a result, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding among the Energy Ministries of the eight participating countries will be proposed, committing these governments to promote sustainable energy models in small communities.

The conference will be opened by Nichi Vendola, Governor of Puglia Region, and Silvia Godelli, Regional Minister for Mediterranean Affairs. The following have confirmed their attendance at the conference: Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, Ettore Sequi, European Union Ambassador in Albania, Massimo Gaiani, Italian Ambassador in Albania, Ivana Sacco, Italian Ministry of Economic Development – Department for Economic Development and Cohesion, the Regional Minister for Economic Development of Puglia Region Loredana Capone and Paolo Casalino, Director of the Apulian office in Bruxelles. Also: Damian Gjiknuri,  Albanian Minister for Energy and Industry, Dragica Sekulic, Montenegrin Deputy Minister for the Economy, Dusan Mrakic, Serbian State Secretary for the Ministry of Energy, Development and Environment protection, Claudio Polignano, ALTERENERGY Project coordinator for Puglia Region and Giuseppe Creanza, from ARTI Puglia regional agency, Scientific and technical assistance to the project management.

Therefore, the Conference will bring together Ministers, technical and institutional representatives, together with the partners’ target communities and the regional stakeholders, for an active discussion on the energy strategies in the Adriatic area, to witness the real and tangible impact of ALTERENERGY Project on legislative and local planning.

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