(ANSAmed) - TRIESTE, JUNE 14 - Foreign ministers from Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro, the deputy prime minister of Moldova and the deputy foreign ministers of Albania, Byelorussia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as the High Representatives of Austria and Serbia, have confirmed the key role that the Central European Initiative (CEI) plays in promoting regional cooperation in Europe and in fostering the European integration process. This was declared in the final statement released by today's Trieste summit. In the statement, a high level of importance was also given to the project aspect of CEI, with satisfaction expressed over the results achieved by the cooperation fund to which member states contribute: over the past ten years the fund has co-funded about 700 projects with almost 6.6 million euros. The excellent results achieved by the CEI Fund at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) were also highlighted. The ministers underscored the importance of the programme for know-up exchange funded by Italy and Austria, and more recently by Poland. About 1.8 million euros have been set aside to co-fund 66 projects for an overall value of approximately 5 million euros. Particular importance was given to the intensification of CEI relations with the EU, pursued both from political and project-oriented points of view, with CEI being in the front line in many strategic projects co-funded with European funds. (ANSAmed).