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Newly published - interactive Maritime Spatial Planning maps for Romania and Bulgaria

The MARSPLAN BS-II project, which aims to support coherent, cross-sectoral Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in Bulgaria and Romania under the framework of MSP Directive 2014/89/EU and to establish a long-lasting mechanism for Black Sea basin cross-border cooperation on MSP, has recently publised new interactive maps covering the two countries.

This tool allows user to explore information across several key areas:

Protected Areas
Administrative features
Natural features

Newly published - CMA Factsheet on Tourism

We have just published a new Common Maritime Agenda Factsheet focused on tourism.

Public consultation - Interreg NEXT Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027

An updated version of the Interreg NEXT Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027 has been published for public consultation.

For more information and to download the updated draft document, please see the following link: Click here 

Youth entrepreneurship for cultural tourism questionnaire - CulTourE4Youth

The EU funded ‘CulTourE4Youth - Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship in Cultural Tourism for coastal communities’ project is looking for Black Sea stakeholders who can complete a recently launched project questionnaire.

New ICBSS paper - How to effectively promote regional cooperation in the Tourism sector in the Black Sea Area

The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) has recently published a new ‘Food for Thought’ paper on ‘How to effectively promote regional cooperation in the Tourism sector in the Black Sea Area’.

The publication follows a Workshop for Young Diplomats from the BSEC Member States, a joint initiative by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Turkey (KAS) in cooperation with the Permanent International Secretariat of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC PERMIS), which took place on 6-9 October.

'Blueing the Black Sea' - survey now open!

The World Bank-funded Blueing the Black Sea (BBSEA) Regional Initiative recently launched an open consultation (online survey) on the state of pollution of marine waters in the Black Sea.

For further information, see the related press release.

Latest Newsletter - 'Common Maritime Agenda News'

The latest edition of the 'Common Maritime Agenda News' has been published, including all recent Black Sea Assistance Mechanism updates.

Council Conclusions on a sustainable blue economy

A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Council approved on 26 march 2021 the conclusions on a sustainable blue economy, which is based on four pillars: healthy oceans, knowledge, prosperity and social equity. 

Post Event - 11th Black Sea Symposium

The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) successfully hosted its 11th International Black Sea Symposium, on "A collective recovery for the Black Sea Region in the post-covid era”, on 20 April 2021.

The online event was moderated by Dr. Gerasimos RODOTHEATOS, Public International Law Teaching Scholar at Panteion University of Athens.

15th issue of the BSEC Newsletter “News from the Black Sea".

Kindly find herewith the 15th issue of the BSEC Newsletter “News from the Black Sea”.

You will find in topic the presentation of the National Hubs, key elements in the implementation of the Common Maritime Agenda. 

We hope you will enjoy reading it!