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24 June 2016
CPMR offers to help drive forward maritime policy in the Black Sea


 The CPMR was invited to provide a regional perspective at the conference organised by DG Mare (European Commission) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 14 June in Odessa.

Regional authorities have, in effect, responsibilities in a wide range of marine activities, including coastal zone management, fisheries and tourism.

Patrick Anvroin, Director in charge of the CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Commission, informed the participants of the organisation’s projects in this part of Europe. He particularly highlighted the “Vasco da Gama for the Black Sea” project, which aims to build a real community of maritime education institutions around the Black Sea, under the coordination of the Varna Naval Academy (Bulgaria). An application will be submitted under the first call for projects of the Black Sea Basin cross border cooperation programme, which will be launched on 14 July in Constanta (Romania)

A Memorandum of Understanding is about to be signed between the CPMR and BSEC (Black Sea Economic Cooperation), an intergovernmental organisation bringing together all the States of the Black Sea region. BSEC and CPMR wish to work jointly on the issue of maritime policies in the Black Sea. This synergy between Regions, States and DG Mare would guarantee the success of maritime initiatives in this area.

Patrick Anvroin's presentation
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Launching Conference & Partnership Forum, 14th of July 2016, Constanta, Romania
20 June 2016
Launching Conference & Partnership Forum, 14th of July 2016, Constanta, Romania

Black Sea Cross-borer cooperation website

 The launching conference of the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 will take place in Constanta, Romania, on the 14th of July 2016, and will be dedicated to all external target groups, potential applicants & partners, programme management structures, EC representatives and decision makers in participating countries.

The official announcement can be found at the following link: />
During the conference, relevant information will be presented to the participants, regarding the financing opportunities under the ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 and the main aspects related to draft Application Pack for the 1st call for proposals.

The event will also include a Partnership Forum, which will provide the framework for interaction and exchange of ideas, encouraging the participants to initiate partnerships for future projects.

Draft Agenda
All those interested in participating are requested to complete this registration form
Black Sea Cross-Border cooperation website
6 June 2016
Balkan & Black Sea Commission calls for “dialogue and cooperation”

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 “Unity and cooperation among regions are vital to building growth and fostering reconciliation in the Black Sea basin”, says the CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Commission (BBSC).

During its General Assembly on 30-31 May, hosted at the Istanbul headquarters of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation (BSEC), Commission members discussed the Commission’s objectives and priorities for the development of the wider Balkan and Black Sea area.

The Assembly was chaired by Christiana Kalogirou, North Aegean Governor, with the participation of Ambassador Michael B. Christides, Secretary General of the BSEC Permanent International Secretariat.

Addressing Members, Governor Kalogirou said: “Our objective is to encourage dialogue and cooperation and support the relations between EU and non-EU Member Regions in the wider Black Sea region. We can use the expertise of CPMR to stimulate collaboration, promote best practice and prepare regions to adapt to the new era.”

Key areas of discussion included strengthening interregional cooperation, recognising the importance of a common maritime agenda and blue growth, and developing joint projects in sectors such as transport, tourism, the environment and economic development.

Members adopted a work programme in line with international policies and programs on South-East Europe, including Black Sea Synergy, Eastern partnership, Adriatic-Ionian and Danube strategies.

The event also allowed the Commmission and the BSEC to continue to progress their plans for future partnership, which should result in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

Speaking to Members, Ambassador Christides, said: “We have great expectations of this cooperation because we very well know that the CPMR has concrete experience in participating in and implementing projects. We will work together to improve this region for our citizens.”

During the meeting, the Commission heard from representatives of cross-border cooperation programs, economic sector organisations and civil society, including the European Commission, Council of Europe and the European Investment Bank.

Both the CPMR and the BSEC plan to attend the Third Black Sea Stakeholder conference in Odessa, Ukraine on 14 June 2016 to outline further steps in the process towards a common maritime agenda in the Black Sea.

More inforamtion about the meeting
3 June 2016
The Balkan and Black Sea Commission was held at the BSEC Headquarters in Istanbul on 30-31 May 2016

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 Working papers and speakers preentations are accessible on the following link:

21 April 2016
3rd Black Sea Stakeholder Conference - 14 June 2016 - Odessa (Ukraine)

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 Building on the success of the two previous Stakeholder conferences organized respectively in Bucharest in 2014 and in Sofia in 2015, the European Commission in cooperation with Ukraine will stage a forum for blue growth in Odessa.

The CPMR will be represented during this important event that will focus on the added value of the blue economy in the Black Sea region and bring together successful entrepreneurs and policy makers on the table to debate on:

• how to bring destinations closer to tourists,

• how coastal and maritime tourism can help blue economies thrive,

• how to chart the sea bed with the help of the research community,

• how to fund maritime business endeavours and where to find partners,

• what skills and competences are needed to enable the marine/maritime workforce to apply new technologies,

• how to use the sea in a sustainable manner.

Working languages of the conference will be English and Ukrainian.

Website of the event
Draft Agenda
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17 December 2015
BalkanMed Programme - 1st CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS

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 The BalkanMed Programme opens its 1st Call for Project Proposals

Deadline for applications is 15 April 2016.

Applicants are invited to submit their Project Proposals targeting one of the Specific Objectives of the Programme between 16 December 2015 and 15 April 2016.

The Programme accepts applications under both Priority Axes:
•Priority Axis 1: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
•Priority Axis 2: Environment

Please note that all information (the Terms of Reference, the Application Package) related to this call are available on the link below

Access to all information
25 November 2015
Fishing opportunities for 2016 in Black Sea

 The Commission has proposed fishing opportunities for 2016 for the Black Sea.

This is the annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen from the main commercial fish stocks next year and it is based on the reformed Common Fisheries Policy and the advice received by the Commission's Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). Member States concerned by the proposals in the Black Sea are Bulgaria and Romania.

More information are available on the DG MARE website
18 November 2015
Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy presentation at the EP - extraordinary AFET Committee meeting

 The European Commission and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have unveiled today the main lines of the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), spelling out the Union's renewed approach to its eastern and southern neighbours. The review follows broad consultations with Member States, partner countries, international organisations, social partners, civil society and academia.

The CPMR and its BBSC took part in this consultation.

Read the Joint Communication - Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy
EC Press release
CPMR responds to the Consultation on Neighbourhood Policy
5 November 2015, Florence (Tuscany)
CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Commission hold its pre-assembly meeting in Florence on 5 November 2015.

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15 October 2015
4th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) - 29-30 October 2015, Ulm (Germany)

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 The registration for the 4th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is now open. The event is jointly organised by the European Commission, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Ulm and will take place on 29-30 October 2015 at the Trade Fair in Ulm (Germany).

The Annual Forum 2015 will focus on innovation, professional training, labour mobility and migration, competitiveness and entrepreneurship as well as the role of civil society. During four thematic sessions and more than 30 workshops and panel discussions, this year’s forum will explore the key factors for a sustainable and inclusive growth of the Danube region and thus invites participants to actively exchange their experience in strategic approaches and topical developments for this region.

You will find the agenda, practical information and the registration form on:
5 October 2015
BBSC Questionnaire on priorities

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 With a view to the preparation of the upcoming BBSC Pre-Assembly meeting (43rd General Assembly of the CPMR) to be held in Florence on 5 November 2015, the BBSC Secretariat, in agreement with the BBSC Presidency, has developed a Questionnaire on the Commission's Priorities for the future.

The aim of this questionnaire is to update the short-/medium-/long-term Work Programmes of the BBSC.

The BBSC Members are kindly requested to complete the questionnaire online, at the below link, by Friday 23 October 2015.

Questionnaire (in word)
Online Questionnaire
21 September 2015
EU Financial assistance available to local and regional authorities in Eastern Partnership Countries

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 The brochure on financial assistance to local and regional authorities in Eastern Partnership countries produced by the CORLEAP is now available.

17 July 2015
BalkanMed: Get ready for the 1st Call for Project Proposals

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 The “Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020” is a new cooperation programme, deriving from the strong will of the “Balkan-Mediterranean” participating countries to promote cooperation in the area. The programme brings together five (5) countries, three (3) EU member states (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece) and two (2) candidate countries, Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The BalkanMed Programme is still waiting for its formal approval by the European Commission, however the draft version of the 1st Call for Project Proposals, along with important documents you will find below (like the Programme Manual and the Project Selection Criteria), are already available.

The Call will officially open as soon as the Programme is adopted by the European Commission.

1st Call for Project Proposals (draft)
Project Selection Criteria (draft)
Programme Manual (draft)
Presentation of the 1st Call for Project Proposals
More information
11-12 June 2015
International Stakeholders Conference on sustainable tourism as a pillar of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)

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 Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic activities in the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region and one of the main contributors to the area’s GDP. Therefore, “Sustainable Tourism” became has been included as one of the four pillars of the EU Strategy of the Adriatic and Ionian Region.

Within this framework, on 11-12 June 2015, the Region of Crete and the CPMR, with the support of the Municipality of Hersonissos (Heraklion-Crete), are co-organising the International Stakeholders Conference on “Sustainable Tourism as a Pillar of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)”.

The scope of this Conference includes bringing the EUSAIR tourism actors together in order to discuss the crucial issues for developing tourism in the area and tackling seasonality with responsible and sustainable actions.

See the conference page
1 June 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISDSION JOINT STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Black Sea Synergy: review of a regional cooperation initiative

 "The EU supports regional development in South-East Europe with its Black Sea Synergy. By encouraging cooperation between the countries surrounding the Black Sea, the synergy offers a forum for tackling common problems while encouraging political and economic reform.

EEAS and Commission services have issued a Joint Staff Working Document on the Black Sea Synergy: review of a regional cooperation initiative pdf - 531 KB. It is a snapshot progress in the main fields of cooperation in the Black Sea region during the last five years.

It highlights a number of "lessons learned" which will inform the future development of the Synergy such as:

- fostering a partnership approach
- increasing stakeholder's participation
- enhancing synergies and coherence between interventions
- sectoral cooperation
- regular coordination with regional and international organisations
- flexible cooperation framework and design..."

Black Sea Synergy: review of a regional cooperation initiative
29 May 2015, Committee of the Regions, Brussels
CoR-CPMR co-organised International Conference: The Balkan and the Black Sea Area on the move: perspectives for Regional Authorities

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 The conference will provide an update on the prospects for developing the EU’s policies in the South-East of Europe and present regional perspectives within this context.

At the start of this 2014-2020 programming period, new or renewed instruments are being established and the European institutions are preparing the next steps of the EU Neighbourhood Policy. At the same time, the Danube and the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Regional Strategies are underway and various cooperation programmes supported by the ERDF, IPA and ENI are expected to enter into force in 2015. However, initiatives such as the Black Sea Synergy and the Eastern Partnership are being hindered due to the current political situation.

In this regard, the regional authorities of the EU Member States along with candidate and neighbouring countries wish to explore ways and means to become involved in the preparation and implementation of strategies and programmes. At this key moment, the seminar will enable discussion between regional stakeholders, the European Parliament and the European Commission on the topics of the new EU Neighbourhood Policy and the involvement of regions, and regional cooperation in the wider Balkan and Black Sea area.

More information on the conference
15 May 2015
Third International Investment Forum “The new economy of Bulgaria – the West meets the East”, 15-16 May 2015 in “Grand Hotel and SPA – Primoretz”, Burgas

 Third International Investment Forum “The new economy of Bulgaria – the West meets the East”, is organised under the patronage of the Governor of Burgas region.

Organizers of the forum are the Institute for Regional Strategies, Bulgarian-Arab Business Association, Bulgarian-Russian Trade - Industrial Chamber, Northeast Bulgarian-Turkish Trade-Industrial Chamber and Forum for Balkan Transport and Infrastructure.

The working languages of the forum are: English, Bulgarian, Russian and Turkish.

The web page of the forum is / /

E-mail for contacts:

Registration Form
17-19 April 2015
Transnational Youth Activity - Varna, Bulgaria - 17-19 April 2015

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 CALL FOR APPLICATION - Opportunity for French youth workers

Invitation for the attention of young French people between 18-30 years old (citizens or residents in France) to participate in transnational youth activity under in the CHARM project in Varna, Bulgaria, 17-19 April 2015

The CHARM project (Creativity and Healthy style: Advancing the Role of Music) approved by the European Commission in the framework of the "Youth in Action" Programme is a joint initiative of eight organisations from Italy, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia and Turkey, which are highly active in the field of youth.

In this context, a transnational youth event will take place in Varna city located in eastern Bulgaria, lying on the Black Sea, from 17 to 19 April 2015.

Participation in the training course will allow you to acquire new skills, to receive information and tools to find potential partners for your business and, most importantly, meet new friends and learn while having fun!

All costs related to the events of the programme are covered by the organisers. Travel expenses are refunded at 50% of travel costs.

Registration is open until 15 March 2015 at the latest.

Please click below for full details on how to take part.

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CHARM project
24 March 2015
New opportunities for the Blue Economy of the Black Sea, 24 March 2015, Sofia (BG)

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 The CPMR took part in the Second Black Sea Stakeholder Conference entitled “Smart and Blue – New opportunities for the Blue Economy of the Black Sea: Supporting Maritime Business Growth”, organised in Sofia on 24 March 2015 by the European Commission (DG MARE) and the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information, Technology and Communications.

This was a high-level conference, with Mr Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, taking the floor during the first session on “Political Opportunities to Enhance Business Growth”, in which the Ukrainian Deputy Minister for EU Integration, Mrs Oksana Reiter, and the Secretary General of the BSEC PERMIS, Ambassador Dr Victor Tvircun, also participated.

The CPMR was represented by Mr Mircea Stoian, Tulcea County Councillor, and candidate for the BBSRC Presidency, who presented the CPMR/BBSRC during the aforementioned session. Mr Stoian was accompanied by the CPMR Director following the BBSRC, Mr Patrick Anvroin.

“The Black Sea could become an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world, however, this potential has not yet been fully developed because of limited resources, insufficient transport infrastructure, inadequate tourist facilities, and poor quality of services. To meet these problems, international associative structures, such as the Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission, aim to find solutions to common problems and also to promote good practice examples and principles of sustainable development, establishing the conditions necessary for cultural and economic dialogue. Given the fact that any change requires substantial material efforts, I am confident that we will find efficient and environment friendly solutions in the Black Sea that will contribute to economic development only through a joint public–private partnership, by attracting investors and grants. It is our duty, as stakeholders, to turn the Black Sea into a Blue Sea!” Mr Stoian stated during his speech.

Mr Mircea Stoian, Tulcea County Councillor's speech
Ms Laura Bobarnac's Presentation, Programme manager, Joint Managing Authority
Further information about the event and speakers' powerpoint presentations
5 - 6 March 2015
The CPMR took part in the “Pan-European Dialogue between cruise operators, ports and coastal tourism stakeholders”

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 The CPMR took part in the “Pan-European Dialogue between cruise operators, ports and coastal tourism stakeholders” organised in Brussels on 5-6 March 2015 by the European Commission. The aim of the meeting was to promote a structured dialogue on cruise tourism to enhance synergies in the sector, targeting best practice sharing in innovation, competitiveness and sustainability strategies.

The meeting was of high-level with Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, taking the floor at the opening together with Gesine Meissner, Member of the European Parliament and President of the Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas.

The CPMR was represented by Antonio Deudero, Director General for Ports and Airports of the Regional Government of the Balearic Islands, and Georgios Tsalonis, Regional Councillor of Central Macedonia in charge of Tourism.

“The Region of Central Macedonia as an active Member of the CPMR would be glad to participate in the follow-up of the Pan-European Dialogue at regional level and to act as a representative of the EU in the wider Balkan and Black Sea area and the wider Eastern Mediterranean and vice-versa.” stated Georgios Tsalonis, during the Parallel Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities for Cruise Tourism in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, representing the coordinating region of the Working Group on Tourism of the CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission.

Presentation of Georgios Tsalonis, Regional Councillor of Central Macedonia in charge of Tourism
Mr Georgios Tsalonis' speech
20 January 2015
Smart cooperation in coastal and maritime tourism - Encouraging transnational partnerships through clusters and networks - 20 January 2015, Albert Borschette Congress Center (Brussels)

 This workshop aims to strengthen the role of cluster organizations and networks as drivers for growth and jobs in the maritime and coastal tourism sectors in Europe. It will also explore cluster-driven linkages between the sector and with other related industries: creative industries, marine and maritime heritage, fishing activities ...

More information on the event
More on European coastal and maritime tourism
5 December 2014
EU strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region - Development opportunities for regional and local authorities - 5 th December 2014, Rijeka (Istria Region, HR)

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 The CPMR took part in the first conference on “EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian region – Development opportunities for regional and local authorities” organised in Rijeka on 5 December 2014 at the invitation of Ivan Jakovcic, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur of the EP for the European Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Region.

The aim of the meeting was to launch a deep discussion on the development opportunities offered by the implementation of the strategy to regional and local authorities.

Among other speakers, Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia, took the floor at the opening together with Valter Flego, President of the Istrian Region and Zlatko Komadina, President of Primorsko-Goranska. The European Commission was represented by Giannantonio Ballette, Coordinator for macro regional strategies at DG REGIO.

“The CPMR is currently in the process of opening up to the Balkans; following the model applied in the Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic regions, we hope to contribute to a democratisation and decentralisation process in this Region,” stated Patrick Anvroin, CPMR Director in charge of the Balkans and Black Sea, during his speech after also mentioning the success of the running initiative of Vasco da Gama and the possibilities that this represents for Adriatic Ionian training institutions.

Presentation of Patrick ANVROIN, Director
27 November 2014
MSP Conference Venice 4: Coastal and maritime tourism - 27 November 2014 in Venice, Italy.

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 MSP conference dedicated to coastal and maritime Tourism, organised by the European Commission, DG MARE, will take place on 27 November 2014 in Venice, Italy.

The conference will gather experts, industries and NGOs to discuss the coexistence of tourism and other maritime sectors in a context of increasing use of marine space.

The event will be opened by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and will be chaired by Paola Imperiale, Minister Plenipotentiary, Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy.

The ADRIPLAN project will be presented by Francesco Musco (IUAV University) and the coordinator of ADRIPLAN, Pierpaolo Campostrini, will close the Conference.

The CPMR will be represented by Mr George Alexakis, Vice-President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe.

To participate you need to register with a registration code. (deadline 25 November 2014)

For further information concerning the registration code, please contact the organizer:

programme and registration
18 November 2014
Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) - 18 November 2014, Brussels



The Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is organised by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in cooperation with the European Commission, and together with the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative and Marche Region (as Presidency of the Adriatic-Ionian Interregional Group in the Committee of the Regions).


The aim of the event - which will take place after the endorsement of the EUSAIR by the European Council – is gathering all key actors to create the framework for its implementation. The governance and management structures of the Strategy, currently under development, will be organised around its four pillars, namely: "Blue Growth", "Connecting the Region" (Transport and Energy), "Environmental Quality" and "Sustainable Tourism".

Prominent national, local and international authorities, including the European Commission, will speak in the Conference, chaired by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The institutional session will be followed by a technical plenary session addressed to the key implementers (national and regional authorities responsible for the EUSAIR and the management of EU funds, EU institutions, regional organisations and bodies). This will be a timely opportunity to present how the Strategy will be structured, at its different levels, and to gather useful inputs to outline a well-performing system, in the framework of a multi-level governance.

Practical Information:

18 November 2014
The Square Conference Centre, rue Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels
Languages: Working languages will be English and Italian (simultaneous translation will be provided).

More information related to the event
More information on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region
07 November 2014
What Future for Fisheries in the Adriatic-Ionian Basin? 29-30 October 2014, Termoli (IT)

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 Over the last twenty years, the lack of statistical data, the persistence of illegal fishing practices, the increase in marine pollution phenomena as well as overfishing represented, and still represent, the main obstacles to the sustainable exploitation of fish stocks in the Adriatic–Ionian basin.

Aiming to reverse the current trend in marine resources degradation, the new European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has aimed to provide concrete answers to these threats by promoting more sustainable and competitive fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The CFP entered into force on 1 January 2014. Consequently, the forthcoming months are of paramount importance in order to assess if - and the extent to which - the CFP will be able to achieve its goals of sustainability from an economic, social, and environmental point of view.

The Adriatic-Ionian basin is a maritime zone of strategic importance for the assessment of the "socio-economic and environmental impacts" of the Common Fisheries Policy. Indeed, a wide range of capture activities exist in the Adriatic-Ionian basin. Fishing is multi-specific and is characterised by activities that involve the use of various tools, including small-scale artisanal fisheries, demersal trawling and pelagic fishing at mid-height, as well as recreational fishing.

Furthermore, for most of the States and the Regions bordering the Adriatic–Ionian basin, fishing and aquaculture represent two strategic economic sectors ensuring economic recovery and new jobs at territorial levels. With regard to this last point, it is worth underlining that fisheries and aquaculture are covered by the main thematic pillars of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-regional action plan, recently published by the European Commission.

In such a context, the seminar "What Future for Fisheries in the Adriatic-Ionian Basin?" aims at creating an informal platform bringing together the key stakeholders in charge of shaping, financing, and implementing fisheries and aquaculture policies across the Adriatic-Ionian basin. This informal platform represents the first step of a technical and political follow-up of the CFP. It also should lead to the setting-up of a win-win approach built on a concrete dialogue addressing the European Commission (DG MARE and DG ENVIRONMENT), the European Parliament (PECH Committee), Regional and national governments, representatives of the fisheries sector, NGOs, scientists, as well as members of territorial cooperation projects dealing with fishing, aquaculture and environmental issues.

During the seminar debates on the content of the CFP, participants will take turns presenting examples of best practice (e.g. sustainable fishing practices, tourism activities related to fishing, co-management of marine protected areas, etc.) In addition, an interactive session will be developed by representatives of the MED-IAMER project with the aim to validate the methodology behind the exercise of analysing the environmental status of the waters of the Adriatic-Ionian Basin.

Finally, aiming to enhance the development of an integrated Maritime Policy in the Adriatic–Ionian basin, the seminar will cover the theme of EU cross-border and transnational cooperation. In this context, dialogue with non-EU Member States will be ensured through the participation of the members of the Fisheries Committee of the Euro-Adriatic-Ionian Region.

The seminar "What Future for Fisheries in the Adriatic-Ionian Basin?" will be organised with the financial support of the European Commission in the framework of the projects COM & CAP MARINA-MED (MED programme 2007-2013) and ADRIGOV (IPA programme 2007–2013).

Speakers Presentations
Event Pictures
All Conference Documents
Video-MarInA-Med News -Med-Iamer first stakeholders’ consultation of the Adriatic-Ionian Eco-region
What are Med-Maritime Integrated Projects? - Video Presentation
7 November 2014
Danube Region Business Forum

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4th Danube Region Business Forum 2014
27 October 2014

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 On 23 October an Athens meeting brought together the Ministers of Tourism of the various Member States of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).

During the event, the CPMR was represented by its Secretary General, Eleni Marianou, who declared that “tourism is one of the greatest assets for the wider Black Sea region and an instrument to enhance regional cooperation”.

Alongside the event, Eleni Marianou also took the opportunity to present the recent activities of the CPMR and its Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission to the Minister of Tourism of the Hellenic Republic, Olga Kefalogianni, and exchanged views with the Secretary General of the BSEC, Ambassador Dr. Victor Tvircun.

The meeting was concluded by the adoption of a joint declaration of the Ministers in charge of tourism of the BSEC Member States on the promotion of tourism in the region and its contribution to economic growth and employment.

In this final declaration, the Ministers declared their intention to promote the region as one of the “top tourist destinations in the world” and as an “attractive region for investment in the tourism sector”.

14 October 2014
MEDITERRANEAN COOPERATION DAYS - November 10, 11 & 12, 2014 – Rome (Lazio Region - IT)

 Jointly organised by the Lazio Region, the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission, PLATFORMA and with the key collaboration and contribution of the EU Med programme projects COASTGAP and COM&CAP MarInA-Med, the Mediterranean Cooperation Days seek to develop specific political and technical debates on different aspects concerning the future for cooperation in the Med basin, bringing together - into a Multi-Level Forum - representatives of EU and EuroMed Institutions and Assemblies (DGs of the EC, MEPs, EU Council, EESC, CoR, Union for the Mediterranean, ARLEM), local and regional authorities and networks (IMC-CPMR, Arco Latino, Med Commission of UCLG, PLATFORMA), EU ETC Programmes and Med Maritime Projects., as well as the civil society.

The agenda and the registration form for the - “Med Cooperation Days”
Practical Information
Background Note and Draft Agenda
29 September 2014
EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region


 The General Affairs Council meeting on 29 September adopted conclusions on the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region.

Ministers adopted a macro-regional strategy bringing together 8 countries of the Adriatic and Ionian region to boost cooperation for more growth and jobs.

The participating countries - Croatia, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia - will strengthen their cooperation in terms of maritime economy, marine environment conservation, transport and energy infrastructure and sustainable tourism.

The decision is now subject to endorsement by the European Council.

Council conclusions on the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)
29 September 2014
Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission is launching its Working Groups on Tourism and Business Cooperation

 All BBSRC Member Regions are invited to fill-in the registration form.

1 September 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 10th Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas

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 REMINDER for deadline 12th September 2014

10th Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas

10th November – 12th December 2014, Malta

Application Deadline 12th September 2014

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The “Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas” builds upon the more than 30 years experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance. The theme of the course draws upon the conduct of maritime affairs at the regional level in a holistic and integrated approach, following the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, targeting the Millennium Development Goals, and the follow-up to RIO+20. It focuses on linkages between natural, social and economic sciences, the research-management interface and the support of technology to enable the effective achievement of ocean management and sustainable development.

The course also considers the implications of regional policies including the EU Integrated Maritime Policy for the European regional seas, with a science-based and holistic approach to policy undertakings and implementation, and brings to the forefront the characteristics of seas as different and sensitive as the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian in ocean governance issues.

The application forms can also be downloaded from the course website on (under How to Apply).

Course Flyer
Application Form (in word)
18 July 2014
CPMR General Assembly, 24-26 September 2014, Umea (Region Västerbotten, Sweden)

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 The 42nd General Assembly will be held in Umeå (Sweden) on 24-26 September 2014, at the invitation of Mr Erik Bergkvist, President of the Regional Executive Committee, Region Västerbotten.

Practical information and Online registration
9 July 2014
Iskra Mihaylova, Chair of the REGI Committee in the European Parliament comes from the Black Sea

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 Recently elected as a Chair of the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) in the European Parliament, Bulgarian national Iskra Mihaylova (ALDE)is also a member of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the principal political party representing the Turkish minority in Bulgaria. She was Minister of Environment since May 2013. Before that, she chaired the environment committee in Bulgaria's Parliament. Mrs Mihaylova is also well-experienced in EU Cohesion Policy since she was also a member of the national parliament's committee on European affairs and supervision of EU funds.

EP REGI Committee
17 June 2014
MIPEX-R-Integration Policy Index Regions : cooperation proposal

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 The MIPEX Regions Project (Migrant Integration Policy Index at regional level – ) is an excellent opportunity to highlight the particular role of sub-state levels, putting them at the forefront of integration policy monitoring.

For additional information please refer to the attached documents, as well as the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs ( ) and the Migration Policy Group ( ) websites.

Letter_MIPEX project
More about MIPEX project
13 June 2014

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 The General Assembly of the CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Commission (BBSRC) met in Edirne (TR) on 13 June 2014 at the invitation of Dr Ayhan Özkan, BBSRC President, Deputy Governor of Edirne Valiligi (TR) and in the presence of Dursun Ali Şahin, Governor of Edirne, Dr. F.H. Burak Erdenir, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry for EU Affairs of Turkey and Eleni Marianou Secretary General of the CPMR.

During the event, the Balkan and Black Sea Regional Authorities agreed to develop their partnerships, both in cooperating better with each other and in enriching their relationship with the European Union institutions and the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).

Furthermore, delegates called for a close cooperation with the Managing Authorities and the European Neighbourhood Instrument programmes and supported the development of macro-regional strategies such as the Eastern Partnership, the Black Sea Synergy, the Danube and the Adriatic-Ionian Strategy.

“Regions can be sources of peace and development, therefore their cooperation can be a fundamental tool for the stabilisation of some countries. We invite the European Institutions to recognise the challenges of this area and reconsider allocations that may help overcome our structural handicaps,” stated Dr Ayhan Özkan, while chairing the General Assembly.

Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR, highlighted that the new EU instruments for 2014-2020 offer many possibilities for the Balkan and Black Sea Regions (including the 7 CPMR Turkish Provinces) to encourage development through interregional projects.

“We ask our states to help us overcome the obstacles that impede regional cooperation in the area”, said Eleni Marianou, welcoming “the expertise of the BBSRC and the CPMR and their role as a bridge for best practices exchange between EU members, candidate and potential candidate countries”.

Press release
Working Documents of the meeting with Speaker's presentations
12, 13, 14 June 2014
General Assembly of the Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission, 13 June 2014, Edirne(TR)

Province of Edirne


Press release
28 February 2014
Regions involved in Adriatic-Ionian Maritime Spatial Planning

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 While the European Commission is launching the Action Plan for the Adriatic and Ionian macro-region (EUSAIR), ADRIPLAN pilot initiative, financed by DG MARE, started in December 2013 involving several administrations and public bodies of the Adriatic and Ionian basin. The aim of the initiative, that will have its first project event in Rijeka (HR) on 28 February 2014, is to deliver a commonly-agreed approach to cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region.

Transport, energy, climate change adaptation in coastal areas, fisheries and aquaculture, as well as coastal tourism will be the issues approached during this first conference that will be the first event in a continuous dialogue with the large community of stakeholders foreseen by the project. It will be based on the results of the EUSAIR consultation recently performed by the European Commission.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the European Commission and the Public Administrations of the countries in the Adriatic-Ionian region, by members of the scientific community, by other private stakeholders, private industries and civil society organisations.

The CPMR will interact with the ADRIPLAN pilot initiative, under both the angles of its work on MSP and ICZM (including in the framework of its Intermediterranean Commission) and its work on the Adriatic and Ionian macro-region (EUSAIR).

More information on the meeting in Rijeka
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7 February 2014
Stakeholder Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, 6-7 February 2014, Athens

 Annika Annerby Jansson, speaker in the Stakeholder Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, that took place in Athens on 6-7 February.

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6-7 February 2014
Stakeholder Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, Athens, Greece, 6-7 February 2014

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A Stakeholder Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region will take place at the Hotel Divani Caravel in Athens, Greece on 6-7 February 2014.

The Conference will present the findings of an extensive stakeholder consultation on the upcoming Strategy that is taking place in the Region from September to December 2013.

The future Strategy concerns eight countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.

The Conference is jointly organised by the European Commission and the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Programme and other information
Visit the event website of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy to get further information on the Conference and the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region.

When? Where?
The Conference will take place in The Hotel Divani Caravel on 6-7 February 2014.

Live Webcasting
There will be live webcasting provided during the plenary sessions. More information will be provided soon.

Event website
All the conference material (presentations, photo gallery…) is available on the EC website
3 February 2014
Black Sea : CPMR confirmed member of the BSEC partnership

 On 13 December 2013, the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of BSEC (Black Sea Economic Cooperation) renewed the status of the CPMR as a member of the partnership for sectoral dialogue of this organisation for two years.

This decision recognises the role that the CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission plays in this part of Europe, and will enable joint projects between the Regions and other actors and institutions present in BSEC to be considered.

30 January 2014
Save the date - Black Sea Stakeholders Conference - Bucharest 30 January 2014

 Sustainable development of the blue economy of the Black Sea

The European Commission, together with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is pleased to announce the Black Sea Stakeholders Conference to take place on 30 January 2014 in Bucharest, Romania.

This forum will provide an opportunity through targeted working panels, to discuss:

• how to drive the blue economy for growth & jobs,
• how to encourage a culture of conservation of living marine resources,
• how to better protect the marine environment and
• how to deepen partnership in the region.

Key speakers will include Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Titus Corlățean, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

A formal invitation, along with a more detailed agenda, will be sent to you shortly. In the meantime, we invite you to mark this date in your diary.

For more information on the organisation of this event, please email or visit the conference website />
We would be grateful if you could highlight the conference to your network contacts so that we can reach more possibly interested stakeholders in your countries (public sector, business, civil society, financial institutions).

Agenda and Speakers' presentations
05 December 2013
Annual Conference of Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme in Istanbul

 The Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013 has launched a call for participants for its 2013 Annual Conference. This year it will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 5 December 2013.

All those interested in finding out the latest developments in the implementation of the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme and discussing the future programming period 2014-2020 are invited to attend this event.

The conference is organized by the Joint Managing Authority (the Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration) in co-operation with the Turkish National Authority (Ministry for EU Affairs), with the support of the European Commission and the national authorities of Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Mr Patrick Anvroin, Director at CPMR will make a presentation on the following issue: Added value of Sea Basin programmes and lessons for the future.

Registration and further information on this event
Draft Programme
Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013 website
01 December 2013
“Articles and Opinions”


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25 November 2013
The Effects of Fed's Quantitative Easing Policy on Emerging Markets, by Berkol Alevli

 Article about “Fed’s Quantitative Easing Policy on Emerging Markets” (Bulgaria, Greece, Romania & Turkey), particularly effects on economies of Southeastern Europe, by Berkol ALEVLI.

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18-19 November 2013, Corfu (GR)
18-19 November 2013, Corfu (GR) Seminar on EU Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Region (EUSAIR): the Regions get involved

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Just days before the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and a few weeks before the start of the Greek Presidency, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) met in Corfu (GR) on 18-19 November 2013, at the invitation of Spyridon Spyrou, Governor of the Ionian Islands Region, to discuss new challenges and opportunities for the Adriatic-Ionian macro-regional strategy (EUSAIR).

This seminar organised jointly with the co-responsible Ministries of the Greek government gave the opportunity to also launch the pillar one consultation headed by Greece and Montenegro.

During the Seminar, which will contribute towards drafting the CPMR position for the current consultation process, Pavlos Damianidis, Vice-President of the CPMR and delegate to the Greek EU Presidency, underlined that the future action plan for the EUSAIR “shall be developed around areas of regional mutual interest, with high relevance for the countries and population within the overall region”.

This opinion was also shared by the CPMR Secretary General, Eleni Marianou, who affirmed that “a number of opportunities for growth and jobs can only be seized through a regional approach. Populations, stakeholders and the private sector add substantial added value to micro and macro regional approaches. CPMR will continue to inform and involve its member regions in these strategies as far as their regional priorities can be met.”

Experts from the European Commission (DG Regio and DG Mare) also took part in the debates, as well as representatives from the Adriatic and Ionian countries and stakeholders from the private sector.

The minutes of the seminar are available on the CPMR website
14 November 2013
EUSAIR (EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region) Conference” that was held on 14 November 2013, in Brussels

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 This stakeholder seminar is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Governments of the 8 Adriatic and Ionian countries in the framework of the consultations and supporting activities for the drafting of an Action Plan for the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

It aims to bring together maritime and marine Adriatic and Ionian actors from public authorities, businesses, research bodies and civil society to debate on concrete actions to be pursued in the area of the blue economy.

The contents of the 8 panels in agenda have been built on the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas basin adopted by the European Commission on 30 November 2012 and are inspired by the four pillars proposed by the discussion paper on the EUSAIR circulated on 09 August 2013.

The conclusions of the 8 panels will be made available in this website ( and will be further elaborated in a study to be published early 2014.

They will complement the stakeholder consultations carry out by the EUSAIR working groups leaded by the Adriatic-Ionian Governments and will form part of the public contribution to the Action Plan to be adopted by the European Commission in 2014.

Speakers’ presentations
31 October 2013 - 1 November 2013
International Business Forum “Danube Synergy” - 31st of October, 2013 – 1st of November, 2013 - Odessa Region (Ukraine)

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 The forum is aimed at realization of economic potential, transport and transit infrastructure development, environmental safety improvement and rising of living standards in the Danube Region.

Three basic panel discussions, one round table, outside visit, international experts and participants from regions of different countries – and these are not all benefits of our forum.

You will have the unique opportunity to discuss issues of business development, transport, renewable energy, ecology and green tourism, find solution for actual problems, assist to cross-border cooperation and European integration processes in
the Lower Danube Region.

Do not miss this outstanding event in the Lower Danube Region! Looking forward to see You in Odessa!

Common Region – Common platform for prosperity

Concept and Draft Agenda
24 May 2013, Tulcea (RO) - 09.00-19.00
International Seminar “Romanian Regions between the Black Sea Synergy and the Danube Strategy”

 We should be grateful if you can register before 17 May 2013.

As preparations are under way for implementing EU policies for the 2014-2020 period, the CPMR and the Romanian Regions wish to identify how the macro-regional strategies encouraged by the European Union will be able to contribute towards regional development in this part of Europe.

Romania is in a special situation with regard to macro-regional strategies. It is a stakeholder in both the Danube Strategy and the Black Sea Synergy which is very much linked to the EU Neighbourhood Policy.

These two initiatives are not at the same level of maturity and do not concern the same EU policies, but we believe that it is important to see how the Romanian territories can benefit from these two approaches and how Romanian stakeholders, particularly the Regions, can feed into these strategies with their ideas and projects.

The seminar will be opened by the Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, whom we will be honoured to welcome in person. It will also be attended by high-level representatives from the relevant Romanian Ministries, European Parliament and Directorates General of the European Commission. Its timing will coincide with discussions on the partnership contracts between the European Commission and each of the EU Member States on the priorities for structural funds for 2014-2020. In this respect, it could therefore provide a useful input in terms of how structural funds can contribute towards achieving the Danube Strategy, and will also help to prepare the content of the operational programmes for the future transnational cooperation programmes implemented in this region.

Registration, Draft Agenda and Practical information available on the CPMR website
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23 May 2013
Romanian Day - Discussions between Romanian Regions and the CPMR 12.00-17.30

 This meeting aims to provide Romanian Regions, both members and non-members of the CPMR, with a better understanding of the actions led by the CPMR and its Balkan and Black Sea Commission.

For the CPMR, this is also an opportunity to find out more about the regional situation in Romania and the Regions’ expectations with regard to its policy action, and to envisage actions and projects involving the Romanian Regions in areas such as interregional cooperation, neighbourhood, maritime and transport policies, etc.

The meeting is open to Presidents and administrative managers from Romanian Regions bordering the Black Sea and the Danube.

26 April 2013
BBSRC General Assemblu, 26 April 2013, Odessa (Ukraine)

 Mr Ayhan Özkan, Deputy Governor of Edirne Governorship was elected unanimously President of the Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission during the General Assembly held in Odessa on 26 April 2013.

During this General Assembly a Political Bureau was set up for the first time, which elected three Vice Presidents : Ismail Gültekin, Deputy Governor of Kirklareli, Mrs Eleftheria Eleftheria, Regional Councilor, Peripheria Notio Aigaio and Mr George Siscu, Vice-President of Tulcea County Council.

21 Febuary 2013
ALDA will hold 2 training courses at the end of the year 2013.

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 Citizens' participation and funding opportunities to support participatory initiatives AND Young adults education for participation and inclusion

Courses are offered twice over the year with intensive 5 - days sessions. Eligible applicants are citizens of EU 27 Countries, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Croatia and Macedonia. The course is open to a variety of participants among which professionals and volunteers involved in organisations/institutions management, trainers, careers officer, managers of schools/organisations offering adult education, non-teaching administrative staff, members of students/teachers councils in adult education, inspectors, teachers etc.

Both initiatives are recognised by the European Union as a Grundtvig in Service Training Course. The participants are therefore warmly invited to apply for a Grundtvig grant, which would enable them to cover their travel, accommodation and course fees expenses.

The deadline to apply for both training courses is the 30th April 2013.

Full information available on the ALDA official website
01 January 2013
Best wishes from the BBSRC...

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19 December 2012
CPMR Press Relase: Maritime Regions join in the EU Adriatic Agenda

 While last week the European Council in its conclusions asked the Commission to prepare a macro-regional strategy on the Adriatic-Ionian Area, already the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) had set up a Task Force to prepare an action plan in 2013.

This decision was taken ahead of all the initiatives by other European institutions in the Adriatic-Ionian area: the European Parliament has supported this priority in the Report drafted by François Alfonsi (GREENS-FR) on the “evolution of EU macro-regional strategies: present practice and future prospects, especially in the Mediterranean”; the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki presented a communication on the Adriatic Maritime policy in Zagreb; and Gian Mario Spacca, President of Marche Region and member of CPMR is proposing an “Adriatic-Ionian Intergroup” within the Committee of the Regions.

The CPMR welcomes all these initiatives, which it had called for during its last General Assembly in Bialystok (PL) on 5 October 2012, and together with its Italian, Greek and Croatian Regions is undertaking to prepare technical and political initiatives, with gradual involvement from the other maritime regions of the Western Balkans. An initial outline for an interregional action plan in this area will be proposed by the CPMR in the spring of 2013. This work falls within the more general scope of support for macro-regional strategies and sea basin approaches.

“Without waiting for these recent decisions, we already adopted an agenda for the Adriatic in October and set up a Task Force to help the institutions prepare the action plan scheduled for 2014, when the EU Presidency will be held by two Adriatic-Ionian countries, Italy and Greece,” said Eleni Marianou, Secretary General.

Press release on the CPMR website
European Council conclusions, 13/14 December 2012
Report of François Alfonsi - The evolution of EU macro-regional strategies
EC Communication: A Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas
14 December 2012
The Adriatic-Ionian Strategy is launched

 In its conclusions presented on Friday 14 December 2012, the European Council invited the European Commission to develop a macro-regional strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian area before the end of 2014. As you are aware, this paragraph was strongly desired by Italy and Greece, that will hold the Presidency of the EU in 2014. Operationally, this reflects the previous conclusions of the European Council of June 2011, in which the possibility of launching such a macro-regional strategy was first raised. The Adriatic-Ionian is the third macro-regional strategy to be launched after the Baltic and the Danube.

During its latest General Assembly in Bialystok, the CPMR decided to take action on this policy area in adopting a resolution “The CPMR is calling for the rapid launch of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region”.

Further to the technical meeting held on 12 November 2012, in 2013 the CPMR will create a working group that will focus on this issue on a political level.

The conclusions of the European Council (13/14 December 2012)
13 December 2012
Meeting with the Turkish Black Sea Regions in Edirne on 13th December 2012

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 On the kind invitation of the Governor of Edirne, Mr Hasan DURUER and the Deputy Governor and 1st Vice-Governor of the CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission, Mr Phd. Ayhan ÖZKAN, a national conference was organised in Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the Deputy Governors of the following provinces : Edirne, Yalova, Gümüşhane, Amasya, Düzce, Ordu, Bartın, Çankırı, Kocaeli, Tekirdağ, Sinop, Kırklareli.

The aim of the meeting was to present the CPMR activities and to discuss the general evolution of the future collaboration between the CPMR and the Turkish Provinces.

The CPMR and the Black Sea Regional Commission were represented by Mr Pavlos Damianidis, President of the BBSRC and Patrick Anvroin, CPMR Director.

Among the issues discussed, an important part was dedicated to the current and future cross-border cooperations in the Black Sea Area with the speeches of High level experts.

Turkish Ministry for EU Affairs website_Ulusal CPMR (Avrupa Kıyı Bolgeleri Konferansı) Toplantısı Yapıldı
5-6 December 2012, Zagreb (HR)
Setting an Agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth from the Adriatic and Ionian seas

 International conference "Setting an Agenda for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth from the Adriatic and Ionian Seas" will take place in the Hotel Sheraton in Zagreb, Croatia, on 6 December 2012.

The conference will present the Communication by the European Commission "A Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas" and will launch the process leading to the adoption of an Action Plan for maritime affairs during 2013. With your participation, you will ensure that your organisation contributes to defining the upcoming Action Plan with its expertise and plays a role in its implementation.

The conference will gather maritime stakeholders representing civil society, business community and public authorities from Croatia, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.

The aim of the conference is to discuss joint initiatives and actions to maximize the potential of the blue economy and to sustain a healthier marine environment, safer and more secure maritime space and responsible fishing activities.

The discussion will build on the proposals presented during the three stakeholder workshops that took place in Athens (16 February), Trieste (12-13 June) and Portoroz (17 September), analysing how and by whom these proposals can be implemented.

The Conference is organized by the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure and the European Commission.

All Adriatic and Ionian countries are involved in its organization.

The official languages of the Conference are English and Croatian.

Parallel working groups will be held in English.

event organisers
GOPA-Cartermill S.A.
Rue de Trèves, 45
1040 Brussels
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Programme and Presentations
Adriatico Ionian Initiative Web Site
12 November 2012, Brussels (BE)
Meeting of the CPMR Working Group on the Adriatic-Ionian Strategy (only for the CPMR members)

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 The CPMR Working Group has held its first meeting on the Strategy Adriatico-Ionian on Monday, 12 November in Brussels in the presence of Eleni Marianou CPMR Secretary General, Fausta Corda, European officer from DG Regio and Anne Foata representing the MEP François Alfonsi.

More information
3 October 2012, Bialystok (PL)
BBSRC Pre-Assembly Meeting held in Bialystok on 3rd October 2012

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 Mr Iuliu BARA, Head of the Managing Authority of the Black, Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme, making his speech.

On the top table:
Berkol ALEVLI, Coordinator of Sinop Investment Support Office, North Anatolian Development Agency;
Ismail GULTEKIN, Deputy Governor of Kirklareli, 2nd BBSRC Vice-President
Patrick ANVROIN, CPMR Director
Pavlos DAMIANIDIS, Deputy Regional Governor of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, President of the BBSRC
Ayhan ÖZKAN, Deputy Governor of Edirne, Vice-President of the BBSRC

Read the Draft Minutes...
25 April 2012
Speech made by Stefan Füle, European Commissioner on the Black Sea Strategy

 Speech made by Stefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood on the Black Sea Strategy during the EP Plenary Session on Tuesday 17 April 2012.

EP Plenary Session - 17 April 2012 - Black Sea Strategy
See the video Plenary session
3 December 2011, Kavala (GR)
BBSRC Conference on EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and Inauguration of the BBSRC Permanent Office, Kavala (GR)

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Information and programme
Registration form
22 October 2011
BBSRC Meeting on TEN-T – Saturday, 22 October 2011, Kavala (GR)

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Pavlos DAMIANIDIS, President of the BBSRC, Deputy Regional Governor East Macedonia and Thrace (GR) (in the middle)

Ayhan ÖZKAN, 1st Vice President of the BBSRC, Deputy Governor of Edirne Region (TR) (left)

Ismail GULTEKIN, 2nd Vice President of the BBSRC, Deputy Governor of Kirklareli Region (TR) (right)

Working papers
Odessa Delegation in Rennes
Odessa Delegation in Rennes - 14 September 2011

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 On 14 September, the CPMR welcomed an Odessa delegation in Rennes. The delegation consisted of Anastasiia Andronova, Mykola Rudyk, Inna Zdor, Svitlana Polishchuk from the General Department of Foreign Economic Activity and European Integration of Odessa Regional State Administration.
The discussions focused on subjects such as tourism, maritime policy, fisheries and ways to implement projects.
Odessa, a Member Region of the CPMR and the BBSRC expressed its full interest and commitment to further developing an in-depth collaboration in the future.

CORLEAP Meeting - 8 September 2011, Poznan (PL)
CORLEAP Meeting - 8 September 2011, Poznan (PL)

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 Mr Pavlos DAMIANIDIS, President of the CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission and Deputy Regional Governor of the Region of East Macedonia & Thrace will participate in the Inaugural Meeting of the Conference of Regional and Local Authorities of the Eastern Partnership – CORLEAP on 8 September 2011, Poznań (Poland).

You will find all information below by clicking on the link :

• Agenda of the inaugural meeting on 8 September 2011
• CORLEAP - frequently asked questions and members list
• CORLEAP – founding document adopted by the Committee of the Regions Bureau in May 2011
• Background: The Committee of the Regions and the Eastern Partnership
• Background: CoR Eastern Partnership Forum, 16 June 2009

More information on the meeting
Pavlos DAMIANIDIS' Speech (Check Against Delivery)
8 July 2011, Varna (BG)
General Assembly of the Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission

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 At the invitation of Mr Dancho Simeonov, Governor of the Regional Administration of Varna (BG), the Conference on the Black Sea Regional Cooperation and the BBSRC General Assembly was held in Varna on 8 July 2011.

The importance of Black Sea Regional Cooperation and the European Union Policies in the Wider Black Sea Area are at the core of the CPMR Black Sea General Assembly.

Jean-Yves Le DRIAN and Dancho SIMEONOV, Governor, Varna Regional Administration opened the works at the presence of Prof. Vladko PANAYOTOV (MEP), representing the European Parliament, Wolfgang STREITENBERGER (DG REGIO) and Georges KREMLIS (DG ENVI) representing the European Commission.

The Bulgarian Government has been represented by Lilyana PAVLOVA, Vice Minister of Regional Development and Public Works.

Press release - The CPMR calls for a Black Sea Strategy
DECLARATION OF THE CPMR BALKAN AND BLACK SEA REGIONAL COMMISSION - For an integrated EU strategy for the Black Sea Region, Varna– Bulgaria – 8 July 2011 -
8 July 2011, Varna (BG)
Pavlos DAMIANIDIS: new President of the Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission

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 Pavlos Damianidis, Vice President of the Anatoliki Makedonia Kai Thraki (East Macedonia and Thrace - Greece) was elected President of the BBSRC during the 6th BBSRC General Assembly, held in Varna on 8 July 2011.

photo: from left to right
Eleni MARIANOU, Secretary General, CPMR
Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, President of the Brittany Region and of the CPMR
Pavlos DAMIANIDIS, Vice President of the Anatoliki Makedonia Kai Thraki
Anthony PAPADIMITRIOU, BBSRC Executive Secretary
Tarhon VICTOR, President of Tulcea County Council, Vice President of the CPMR

“Sustainable Resource Management and Climate Change” Seminar - 20-26 June 2011 - Istanbul
“Sustainable Resource Management and Climate Change” Seminar

 The seminar, organised by Regional Environment Center with the generous support of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea is primarily intended for Civil Servants of Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.

Deadline for application : May 11th

Dates:June 20-26th, September 12-17th 2011

Selection process : Participants will be chosen based on their applications. The short forms are on the website.

Cost: EUR 2000 - however scholarships may be granted upon request.

All detailed information can be found on

Draft Agenda
Invitation Letter
About Regional Environment Center (REC)
CPMR Political Bureau - Caen (Basse-Normandie, France)
11 February 2011 - CPMR Political Bureau

Conseil Régional de la Basse-Normandie


BBSRC Work Plan to be presented during the CPMR Political Bureau
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More information is available on the CPMR website
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Greece election : 13 new Presidents of Regions
From 1st January 2011, Greece will have 13 new elected Presidents of Regions

 ("Members" heading will soon be updated)


Mr Ioannis SGOUROS


Mr Antonios DAKIS

Mr Spyridon SPYROU


Mr Panagiotis PSOMIADIS




Mr Klearchos PERGANTAS

Mr Konstantinos AGORASTOS

Mr Athanasios GIAKALIS

BBSRC Pre-Assembly Meeting - Aberdeen
The Pre-Assembly Meeting of the BBSRC will be held on 29 September 2010 in Aberdeen (Aberdeenshire, UK)


Registration and working papers
CPMR Political Bureau
15/16 February 2010 - CPMR Political Bureau (Gijón - Asturias)


Speech by Victor Tarhon
Presentation by Anthony Papadimitriou
BBRSC General Assembly - Odessa (Ukraine)
11 June 2009 - General Assembly of the Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission (Odessa - Ukraine)


BBRSC Activity Report
BBRSC Resolution on Eastern Partnership
BBRSC Statutes
Minutes of the Rhodes General Assembly
Minutes of the Bayonne Meeting
Resolution of the Committee of the Regions on their priorities for 2009
Draft Opinion of the CoR on the Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion
Council of the European Union: Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit (7 May 2009)
Article "EU reinforces ties with its neighbours and continue to support their reforms"
Presentation "Joint Operational Programme Black Sea 2007-2013"
The Adriatic-Ionian Initiative
Anual Report of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative
Trabzon - Application letter
Presentation UBBSLA (Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities)
List of UBBSLA Members
UBBSLA - Application for membership
Speech by Mr Tsiotras
Speech by Mr Serdyuk
Speech by Mr Shoryk
Speech by Mr Rzhepishevsky
Presentation by Hanna Shelest
Presentation by Sergii Glebov
Presentation by Andrey Stanev
Speech by Mrs Liljestrom
Presentation by Damien Périssé
List of participants

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