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1. What is the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism (BSAM)?

Sea basin cooperation on maritime affairs and blue economy has proven to be a strong tool for building bridges between EU Member States and neighbourhood countries. 

On 21 May 2019, the Common Maritime Agenda (hereafter CMA) Ministerial Declaration was agreed by the seven Black Sea coastal countries: Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova (hereafter Moldova).

The Common Maritime Agenda is a new type of sea basin initiative – one based on crossborder projects. The Black Sea CMA will bridge the Europe-Asia shores through reinforcing cooperation on the blue economy and restoring endangered marine ecosystems. The Common Maritime Agenda cuts across policies, ministries and levels of government. The participating countries set priorities, take ownership, align policies and funds at national level, encourage the participation of private investors and provide the relevant resources, based on the countries' capacity.

The CMA sets three (3) major goals for the Black Sea: 1) Healthy marine and coastal ecosystems; 2) A competitive, innovative and sustainable blue economy; and 3) Fostering investment. 

2. National Hubs

National hubs, staffed with one or maximum two persons, will be established in each of the seven participating countries.

The national hub will support the work of the national CMA focal points with view of the implementation of the CMA priorities.

The tasks of the national hub will be defined jointly with the national representative in a rolling 6-months roadmaps and include the following:

- Continuously raise awareness and disseminate relevant information in the respective country and coastal regions about the CMA, its priorities and goals, policy initiatives resulting from it, incl. in the context of the preparation of the new EU multiannual financial framework;

- Provide a "one-stop" advice and guidance to the national representative and to project promoters in view of devising projects in the context of the CMA, incl. by systematic identification of funding opportunities and existing support resources available in the maritime domain to project promoters (e.g. information databases, match-making platforms, national contact points for funding programmes such as Horizon Europe) at national level and at the level of the coastal regions;

- Establish partnerships and cooperation with existing networks/organisations/clusters, active the respective country and coastal regions in the thematic areas relevant for the action plan in view of facilitating the implementation of the latter;

- Effectively spot, analyse the needs/barriers/opportunities (e.g. barriers and opportunities for projects and collaboration, good practices, access to funding, etc.) the respective country and coastal regions related to the implementation of the CMA.

- Identification of projects relevant for the CMA in the respective country and coastal regions with view of updating the maritime data hub;

- Contribute to the preparation of the events in the respective country and the annual stakeholder conference, if held in the respective country.

- Identify subjects/areas presenting high potential for cooperation and pro-actively liaise with those stakeholders that could set up a network/cluster in these subjects/areas;

- Identify existing networks of stakeholders that are relevant for the implementation of the CMA and liaise on a regular basis with these networks to facilitate exchanges of information on projects, initiatives, programmes, events, etc.

- To set a pool of experts with knowledge on maritime and marine issues, following the priority areas of the CMA, who to be consulted by the AM central and national teams every time they are asked to provide specialised assistance. In the implementation of the tasks, the national hubs must seek complementarities with the work of the managing authorities, networks of stakeholders, public authorities and organisations. 

3. What is the role of this website?

The website aims to maintain visibility of the activities of the implementation "Common Maritime Agenda”, while establishing it as a tool for implementation of such activities and as the information hub for all issues related to maritime policy in the region. It wishes to engage stakeholders and beneficiaries to participate and exchange knowledge, best practices and success stories. Here you can find timely information on funding opportunities aiming to support interested stakeholders in realising their project ideas and create the right connections between existing funding instruments.

4. How can the BSAM assist me?

The BSAM organises events, such as the Annual Stakeholder conference and regional workshops, which aim at raising regional awareness and supporting coordination. It also supports cross-sectoral structures at national level, by engaging relevant stakeholders and identifying their needs and priorities. It performs joint studies of areas of mutual benefit aiming at developing and transferring knowledge. Finally, it offers assistance in developing and funding concrete projects, providing help with the application procedure.

Additionally, national structures are created and maintained, since relevant stakeholders are identified and collaborate. Ultimately, a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea region will be created, which will incorporate issues of research and innovation.

5. What type of projects and stakeholders do you support?

The “BSAM" supports both national and regional projects that concern the Black Sea region and welcomes all kinds of stakeholders active there (public authorities, private entrepreneurs, companies, research institutes, etc).

6. How can I keep up-to-date with funding opportunities?

You should always consult our database which gathers funding opportunities at European, national and regional levels. In order for your project to be eligible it should be in line with the criteria that are outlined in each call.

7. Who should I contact if I need further assistance?

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