Deputy foreign minister Spyros Kouvelis arrives in Brussels on Monday to represent Greece at a ministerial meeting of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and a meeting of EU Developmental Cooperation ministers. While in Brussels, Kouvelis will also have meetings with EU Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries Maria Damanaki, DEVCO (Development and Cooperation-EuropeAid directorate general) director general Fokion Fotiadis, and EU Commissioner for development Andris Piebalgs.

The Adriatic-Ionian Initiative (AII) was formally established as a political initiative at a conference held in Ancona, Italy in May 2000 with the aim of linking the coastal countries of the two seas for the purpose of cooperating in the development and safety of the entire area.