MARITIME AGENDA FOR BLACK SEA LAUNCHED
Maritime agenda for Black Sea launched. The Common maritime agenda for the Black Sea has officially been launched in Sofia. Based on the positive experience of sustainable development initiatives in other sea basins, such as the West Med Initiative, the steering committee decided to schedule a number of regional seminars, stakeholders’ events and high-level meetings to raise awareness, facilitate stakeholders’ involvement and networking and identify significant projects for the region.
The 7 member countries of the initiative (Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey) convened in Sofia for the 1st steering group meeting. Marine litter, protection against pollution of marine resources, green sustainable shipping and digital connectivity were the key issues addressed.
The initiative is supported by key organisations such as the organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), the Commission for the protection of the Black Sea against pollution, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), the Conference of peripheral and maritime regions and the managing authority of the Joint Operational Programme for the Black Sea basin. WWF and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank have also showed their interest in supporting the common maritime agenda.
Next meeting of the steering group will be held on 19 June in Varna to discuss on the thematic priorities and related actions as well as high level events and regional workshops that will be held in the second half of 2020.