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Common Maritime Agenda

Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea

ABOUT

A unique regional framework for the Blue Economy

The Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea (CMA) is a sea basin initiative that supports regional cooperation for a more sustainable Blue Economy.

Blue economy encompasses all economic activities related to oceans, seas, and coasts. It covers a wide range of interlinked sectors, both established and emerging, such as aquaculture, fisheries, shipbuilding, coastal tourism, marine extraction of oil and gas, maritime transport, environmental protection, wind and ocean energy and biotechnology.

Participating countries are: the Republic of Bulgaria, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Republic of Türkiye and Ukraine.

The CMA, negotiated with the support of the European Commission, was endorsed on 21 May 2019 at Ministerial level. It is complemented by a scientific pillar, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea (SRIA).

The CMA sets three goals to help generate sustainable growth in coastal regions thanks to a blue economy:

  • respecting marine environment under its first goal

“Healthy marine and coastal ecosystems.”

  • Developing sectors and skills with its second goal

A competitive, innovative and sustainable blue economy for the Black Sea.”

  • And creating conditions for its development with it its third goal

“Fostering Investment in the Black Sea blue economy.”

Under each goal, priorities are defined and further declined into actions.

 

CMA Governance

Political coordination is organised through Ministerial meetings convened by the CMA Steering Group (SG). These meetings are aligned with the calendar of Ministerial meetings of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).

The Ministers provide political guidance, review progress and achievements and revise priorities, as necessary.

Operational coordination is ensured by the CMA Steering Group (SG) organised by one of the seven countries following a one-year rotation term.

Members of the CMA SG are the national coordinators of the participating countries and the European Commission, complemented by consultative and observer bodies.

During 2022, the CMA is steered by Georgia. Georgia took over from the Republic of Türkiye, which coordinated the CMA in 2021. The inaugural coordinator, in 2020, was the Republic of Bulgaria.

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the EU Commission (DG MARE) accompanies the process as a full member of the Steering Group,

The engagement of the community, including national, regional, and local authorities, economic and social actors, civil society, academia, and non-governmental organisations, is one of the key priorities of this project. In this context, the organisation of stakeholder conferences and technical groups is essential.

 

Implementation through the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism (BSAM)

To support the implementation of the ambitious Common Maritime Agenda, the European Commission (EC) has established the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism (BSAM). It offers participating countries practical support at regional and national level.

The BSAM fosters stakeholder dialogue and assists stakeholders at regional and national level to develop projects. The BSAM provides guidance about open funding and financing opportunities on Blue Economy.

The Central Team and the National Hubs make up the BSAM.