News – EU and Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation meet for high-level conference in Brussels – June 26, 2019
On 18 June, cooperation between the Black Sea region and the EU was in focus at a conference in Brussels. The event was attended by more than 120 participants and was the first-ever attempt to bring together the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of countries of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and EU Member States.
Entitled “High-Level Conference on BSEC – EU Cooperation”, the event was co-organised by BSEC’s Permanent International Secretariat (BSEC PERMIS) and the European Commission’s Directorate for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), within the framework and with the support of the Bulgarian BSEC Chairmanship-in-Office and the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The main objective of the event was to underline the importance of BSEC–EU cooperation in the wider Black Sea region by promoting bottom-up economic policies with the direct involvement of the interested stakeholders (members of BSEC) and to indicate ways to further enhance the working relationship between the two entities in the immediate future.
According to BSEC PERMIS Secretary General Ambassador Michael B. Christides, the event aimed to underline the importance of the working relationship between the two organisations and to formulate the way forward for coordination and cooperation in the immediate future.
“We in BSEC wish to continue cooperating with the EU in an open, mutually beneficial and balanced way, we wish to be involved in the formulation and implementation of good practices or projects that concern the Black Sea region, because we believe that regional ownership and bottom-up approaches are the only way to lasting and sustainable development achievements in our region,” stressed Ambassador Christides.
The participants also discussed sustainable economic development in the Black Sea region, how to better coordinate activities in order to achieve greater effectiveness, and how to better finance projects with wider regional impact.
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