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Ministerial Conference on a Joint Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea held in Bucharest

Constanta, Romania (PortSEurope) May 26, 2019 – Last week, a Ministerial Conference on a Joint Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea was held in Bucharest, Romania. Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine on European Integration Viktor Dovgan took part in the event.

The conference was opened by EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Navigation and Fisheries Carmen Vella. Representatives of Georgia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia and the representatives of the European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development also took part in the conference.

Viktor Dovgan said that the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration on the adoption of the Joint Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea is an important step. Ukraine is interested in stimulating the development of port infrastructure and the use of the potential of the Black Sea ports. The development of coordinated solutions, aimed at the development of multilateral economic cooperation in the Black Sea region, is a common task. The main priorities of cooperation are the modernisation of the maritime infrastructure, the renewal of the fleet, the improvement of the quality of services in seaports, the creation of competitive conditions, and the improvement of existing legislation on the development of the maritime industry. In the Black Sea region, priority is given to such infrastructure projects as: development of container-feeder connection between ports of Poti / Batumi (Georgia) – Odessa (Russia) – Constanta (Romania).

The Deputy Minister stressed that, taking into account the close economic relations between Ukraine and Georgia, as well as the desire to deepen economic ties with Romania and the tendency of increasing transit cargo transportation between countries, development of container and feeder communication between ports of Ukraine and ports of the Black Sea countries the region and the introduction of piggyback flights between Europe and Asia is appropriate.

At the moment, Ukraine and Georgia are preparing a joint appeal to the President of the European Commission on financial support for the above-mentioned projects. It is also noted that the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic biological resources, the development of aquaculture and the fight against illegal, untold and unregulated fishing are an important direction for deepening cooperation and implementation of joint projects. Ukraine is ready to engage in the realisation of Black Sea initiatives in the framework of international law and mutual respect of all participants in the dialogue. Victor Dovgan expressed his hope, Joint efforts of all member countries will reach our common goal – a safe, clean maritime traffic between the ports of the Black Sea, which connects Europe with Asia.

Ukraine will continue to actively and constructively cooperate on a common maritime agenda in the Black Sea and will support its implementation.

Source: Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure

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