On 29 January 2019 European Commission officially released two documents: the Report on the implementation of MRS and the Staff Working Document accompanying the report. Both documents are based on contributions from MRS stakeholders, EU institutions, Member States’ representatives and experts.
“Since the European Council endorsed the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in 2009, three further EU macro-regional strategies (MRS) have been developed: the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) in 2011, the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) in 2014 and the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) in 2016. On 16 December 2016, the Commission adopted the first report on the implementation of MRS1 which now involve 19 EU and 8 non-EU countries.
These MRS have become an integral part of the EU policy framework; they offer strong potential and contribute in a unique and innovative way to cooperation within the EU and with neighbouring countries. Subsequently, the Council , the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament also recognised the importance of the MRS as a unique integrated framework to address common challenges and as a relevant instrument for the optimal use of existing financial resources, especially in the globalisation context” (Report from EU Commission, 2019).
The complete documents are available also here