On the 17th of June 2019, the Council of the European Union adopted a set of conclusions on the EU’s engagement to the Black Sea regional cooperation.
Reaffirming the Council’s long-standing commitment to fostering prosperity, stability, and resilience in the Black Sea area, the conclusions emphasize the increasing strategic importance of the Black Sea area for the EU, and call for enhanced EU involvement in the regional cooperation, with the Black Sea Synergy initiative at its core.
Creating and supporting enabling environment for civil society organisations to operate in the Black Sea Region is recognized as a priority of the EU in the Region. In this regard, the conclusions acknowledge the important roles of CSOs and of the Black Sea NGO Forum initiative in supporting regional cooperation and in advancing sustainable development:
“The Council reiterates the importance of stimulating regional cooperation and dialogue among the civil society organisations in the Black Sea region with a view to facilitating sustainable development and increasing societal resilience. Creating space for civil society remains a constant priority for the EU. The Council calls for active engagement with representatives of civil society and for supporting the successful Black Sea NGO Forum. “
We invite you to read more at: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/06/17/black-sea-council-adopts-conclusions/ .