The Balkan and Black Sea Commission (BBSC) actively participated in the Regional Stakeholders Conference organised on 7 November 2019 in Athens, Greece, by the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS).

The Conference provided a platform for dialogue to stakeholders from both EU Member States and non-EU Black Sea countries and stimulated the discussion, steering the future actions of the Black Sea Synergy initiative in the short and medium-term.

Four fields of cooperation, where some progress has already been achieved, were highlighted during the Conference, shaping four Working Groups: culture & tourism, transport, education and energy. Stavros Kalognomos, Executive Secretary of the Balkan and Black Sea Commission moderated the “Culture & Tourism” Working Group. The Working Groups were interactive, and assessed lessons learnt, opportunities and challenges for cooperation in the field, as well as proposed concrete project ideas.

The results of the four Working Groups were presented briefly in the last plenary session, moderated by Ms Georgia CHANTZI, ICBSS Research Fellow. The outcomes of the event will be presented in a Policy Paper by ICBSS in cooperation with the moderators, to be sent to the EU as a key deliverable from the Conference.

The event was organised within the framework of the Hellenic BSEC Chairmanship-in-Office and received co-funding by DG NEAR, within the framework of the ENI East Instrument. More than 90 regional stakeholders from the EU Member States, the BSEC countries, regional and international organisations, representing the business community, academia, research centres, civil society organisations and policy-makers had the unique opportunity to network, exchange views and shape future policies and actions for the wider Black Sea Region.

The Balkan and Black Sea Commission will continue to work with ICBSS, in the framework of their cooperation agreement, to further promote the outcomes of the Conference in the future.

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