On 14 October 2011 Commissioner Damanaki hosted a high-level brainstorming event on maritime affairs and fisheries in the Black Sea.
Ministers, Secretaries of state and Members of the European Parliament as well as high-level officials and experts from Bulgaria and Romania but also from the World Bank, FAO and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank were convened in Brussels to lay down a common vision for the Black Sea. Participants expressed their priorities with regard to implementation of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy and fisheries cooperation in the Black Sea.
The event was divided into a morning high level meeting and an afternoon project-oriented discussion. The programme of the morning session featured four panels dedicated to fisheries cooperation, EU maritime policy, protection of the marine environment and sustainable growth of maritime activities in coastal areas. The afternoon session had a closer focus on ongoing and future cooperation in the fields of fisheries, maritime surveillance, marine and maritime research as well as maritime safety, security and ship pollution prevention.
Participants welcomed the initiative of Commissioner Damanaki and expressed a general interest for continued coordination between Romanian and Bulgarian activities as well as increased involvement of partner countries around the Black Sea.
- Programme [40 KB] All available translations.
- List of participants [18 KB] All available translations.
- Opening speechAll available translations. by Commissioner Damanaki
- Conclusions adopted by the participants [14 KB] All available translations.
- Meeting minutes [96 KB] All available translations.
- Statement [78 KB] All available translations. by Ivelina Vassileva, Deputy Minister for Environment and Water, Bulgaria
- Statement [26 KB] All available translations.by Nikolina Nikolova, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria
- The Added value of an Integrated Maritime Policy in the Black Sea [658 KB] All available translations.
- Fisheries and maritime affairs in the Black Sea: regional policy tools [1023 KB] All available translations.
- The World Bank: investing in fisheries and aquaculture [827 KB] All available translations.
- Identification and formulation of a regional project to strengthen scientific, technical and institutional cooperation to support responsible fisheries in the Black Sea [690 KB] All available translations.
- Maritime border surveillance in the Black Sea [3 MB] All available translations.
- Enhancing maritime, safety, security and ship pollution prevention at national and regional level [203 KB] All available translations.
- MONINFO project: main achievements, complementarities with the SASEPOL project, lessons learnt and possible way-forward [714 KB] All available translations.
- SASEPOL project: development of security management and maritime safety and ship pollution prevention for the Black Sea and Caspian Sea [377 KB] All available translations.
- Marine research and development: need for cooperative implementation of sustainable development in the Black Sea [643 KB] All available translations.
- UPGRADE BLACKSEASCENE project [2 MB] All available translations.
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