The CPMR, its Balkan & Black Sea Commission (BBSC) and the Permanent International Secretariat of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC PERMIS), organised a joint ‘Workshop on Project Promotion’ on 28 March 2018 at the BSEC Headquarters in Istanbul.
The workshop was addressed to Regional and Local Authorities as well as other stakeholders from the wider Black Sea region.
The aim of the workshop was to present the significant role of Regional Authorities in policy-making, the available funding instruments and sustainability of actions, and a number of successful regional cooperation examples in various parts of Europe and the Black Sea area.
The newly launched AI-NURECC Initiative (Adriatic Ionian Network of Universities, Regions, Chambers of Commerce and Cities) – linked to the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) – was also presented as a useful model for closer cooperation among public and private entities in the Black Sea area.
During the Workshop, Christiana Kalogirou, President of the CPMR BBSC, Regional Governor of the North Aegean region, described the wide-ranging activities of the CPMR and BSC and their projects supporting regional maritime cooperation, including those in the Black sea region.
BSEC PERMIS Secretary General, Ambassador Michael B. Christides, touched upon the project-oriented approach of the BSEC and the willingness of BSEC PERMIS to continue working together with the countries in the region, the European Commission and with other important stakeholders in order to develop joint initiatives in all areas of shared interest.
He expressed the hope that more regions from the wider Black Sea area will decide to join the CPMR, a partner of the BSEC, as it has gained huge experience and expertise in the promotion of significant regional projects.
Approximately 70 stakeholders from several countries and professions participated in the Workshop, contributing to the lively discussions and opportunities for networking.