FOND participated on Friday, the 3rd of October 2014, at the 5th edition of the Black Sea Summit, organised by the Assembly of European Regions at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest.
With this occasion, in his welcoming speech, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Titus Corlățean, highlighted the importance of civil society organisations in stimulating regional dialogue, contributing with their experience at the elaboration of regional initiatives and holding governments accountable. In this context, he mentioned the importance of the Black Sea NGO Forum for regional cooperation in the framework of the Black Sea Synergy.
The event continued with a round table dedicated to the place of the Black Sea Strategy in the European Neighbourhood Policy in the current regional context defined by challenges, but also opportunities such as the signing of the association agreements with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Regional cooperation was considered an important instrument for difusing conflicts which can contribute to sustainable peace.
The second part of the agenda was dedicated to the new ENI Black Sea Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 presented by Ms. Iulia Hertzog, Head of Managing Authority, followed by two presentations of successful projects falling into the thematic objectives: “Business and SME development” and “Environmental protection, climate change adaptation”. The first presentation was given by Ms. Aurelia Bondari, executive director of the National Federation of Agricultural Producers from Moldova, on a project supporting the trade of agro-food products between Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, through the creation of a regional system of information about markets. The second project, presented by Ms. Margarita Stancheva, Senior Research Assistant, was aimed at minimizing environmental degradation, while maximizing economic and social development by establishing an industrial symbiosis system in the Black Sea Basin.
The event ended with the adoption of the Bucharest Declaration, a document highlighting the importance of putting in place a Black Sea Strategy which would offer the ground for an integrated approach and would be a key element in ensuring peace and stability in the region.
Romanian MFA Press release
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Photo credits: Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.