Sea basin strategy: Black Sea

Key projects

Marine and maritime-related EU-funded projects can be found across various policy areas and are financed by various EU funds. Examples include:

  • CoCoNET (2012-2016) - Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential. The project will produce the guidelines to design, manage and monitor network of MPAs, and an enriched wind atlas for both the Mediterranean and the Black Seas
  • ECOOP (completed) - The goal of ECOOP was to build up a sustainable pan-European capacity in providing timely, quality assured marine service (including data, information products, knowledge and scientific advices) in European coastal-shelf seas.
  • EnviroGRIDS (completed) - The project was building Capacity for a Black Sea Catchment Observation and Assessment System supporting Sustainable Development
  • HYPOX (completed) - Oxygen Monitoring in Aquatic Ecosystems - Project HYPOX was focusing on a better understanding of the occurrence of hypoxia (low oxygen conditions) in aquatic systems and the influence of anthropogenic impacts on the responsible processes
  • KNOWSEAS (2009-2013) - The objective is to eastablish a Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Seas
  • Logistics Processes and Motorways of the Sea II - TRACECA - Regional project (2011-2014) - The overall objective is to contribute to the long-term sustainable development of the logistics infrastructure and multimodal transport along the TRACECA corridor
  • MAREAS (2012-2015) - The project aims is to provide a strategic framework for the practical implementation of several actions and initiatives concerning the mitigation of the impact of global changes in the regiont
  • MISIS (2012-2014) and EMBLAS (2013-2014) - Twin projects covering all the Black Sea littoral states aim to set up an integrated monitoring system in the Black Sea. The overall objective of the project is to create initiatives that will help improve the protection of the Black Sea environment
  • MONINFO (completed) - Project on Environmental Monitoring of the Black Sea Basin: meant to build Monitoring and Information Systems for Reducing Oil Pollution
  • MyOcean (2012-2014) - Project objective is to deliver and operate a rigorous, robust and sustainable Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting system of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program (GMES) Marine Service
  • PEGASO (2010-2014) - People for Ecosystem-based Governance in Assessing Sustainable development of Ocean and coast - aims to develop tailor-made actions in the Black Sea for a better Integrated Coastal Zone Managment
  • PERSEUS (2012-2015) - The Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas - project aims to design an effective and innovative research governance framework, which will provide the basis for policymakers to turn back the tide on marine life degradation
  • SASEPOL - funded within TRACECA (completed) - The objective was to facilitate international maritime transport of passengers and goods, and to support maritime safety, security and environmental protection in the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea regions
  • UP-GRADE BS-SCENE (completed) - The project was building and extending the existing research infrastructure)


  • 23/06/2016 - North Sea stakeholders discuss way forward for regional blue growth

    About 60 stakeholders from the North Sea region met on 20 and 21 June in The Hague, Netherlands for a workshop on strategic cooperation on blue growth in the North Sea area, organised by the European Commission.

  • 06/06/2016 - 40th Annual Session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean: the start of "a new era in fish stock recovery"

    The 40th annual session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) drew to a successful close on 3 June. Decisions taken in Malta are in line with the European Commission's strategy to improve the state of the Mediterranean fish stocks and the economic prospects of the fishing industry. Commissioner Karmenu Vella expressed his deep satisfaction with the outcome, which "ushers in a new era of action to help fish stocks recover and fishing communities thrive."

  • 29/04/2016 - A summit for the Mediterranean

    Commissioner Karmenu Vella was invited to deliver a speech at the “Mediterranean Leadership Summit” organized by the Economist in Malta on 28 and 29 April 2016. The conference comes at a time when the countries of the Mediterranean Sea are called upon to share their vision for stability, growth and competitiveness in the region.