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Black Sea Economic Co-operation

On 25 June 1992, the Heads of State and Government of eleven countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine signed in Istanbul the Summit Declaration and the Bosporus Statement giving birth to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). On April 2004, the country members became 12 with the addition of Serbia and Montenegro, today commonly known as Serbia.

It was created to be unique and promising model of multilateral political and economic initiative aimed at fostering interaction, cooperation and harmony among the Member States, as well as to ensure peace, stability and prosperity encouraging friendly and good-neighbor relations in the Black Sea region.

The BSEC Headquarters – the Permanent International Secretariat of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC PERMIS) –  are in Istanbul since March 1994.

With the entry into force of its Charter on 1 May 1999, BSEC acquired international legal identity and was transformed into a full-fledged regional economic organization: the ORGANIZATION OF THE BLACK SEA ECONOMIC COOPERATION.

Last year, BSEC celebrated its 25 years of existence and uses as its motto ‘’25 years promoting cooperation’’.

The topics to be discussed are:

Topic Area A: Focusing on Blue Growth: a BSEC strategy for sustainable development in the marine and maritime sectors.

Topic Area Β: The role of youth to achieve sustainable development in the Black Sea region; towards a regional strategy to combat youth unemployment and to foster youth entrepreneurship and innovation

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Member States

Albania | Collaku, Xhesina
Armenia | Zampetis, Konstantinos
Chairman-in-Office / Azerbaijan | Maniatakos, Ioannis
Bulgaria | Bololia, Ioanna
Georgia | Chatzopoulou, Zoi
Greece | Apostolaki, Anastasia
Moldova | Parara, Eleni
Romania | Kerimis, Ioannis
Russian Federation | Bitzika, Eleni
Serbia | Vasilaki, Stergiani Styliani
Turkey | Safarova, Sofiya
Ukraine | Roufou, Panagiota-Dimitra


EU | Plakoulas, Vasileios
United States | Stavridou, Georgia


Chairman-in-Office / Azerbaijan | Maniatakos, Ioannis
Secretary General | Pantelakos, Alexandros