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Black Sea Region

Countries involved (non-EU)

Albania

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Georgia

Moldova

Russia

Turkey

Ukraine

Learn more about the cooperation between the EU and the countries of the Black Sea Region

Bilateral cooperation

S&T cooperation between the EU and countries of the Black Sea region is part of the Action Plan on Cooperation in Science and Technology that was adopted in September 2005 in Athens. 'Energy' is listed among the priority domains for research.

In order to identify research topics of common interest and stimulate the participation of "Black Sea countries" in the Energy Theme of FP7 a thematic workshop on 'Energy' was organised in Istanbul in November 2006. At this workshop a report on 'Research Potential of the BSEC Countries' (Black Sea Economic Cooperation), deriving from a research project funded under FP6, was presented. It suggested the following research topics as possible areas of interest for future research collaboration between the two regions:

  • Renewable Energy Sources
    • Hydrogen production from H2S-rich Black Sea Water
    • Heat pumps utilising geothermal energy and sea water energy
    • Determination of liquid and solid biomass fuel production potential
  • Energy savings and energy efficiency
    • Evaluation of energy consumption behaviour and share in the residential sector in the Black Sea region
  • CO2 capture and storage technologies for zero emission power generation and clean coal technologies
    • CO2 capture and storage technologies for zero emission power generation in the Black Sea region
    • Co-combustion of coal and biomass for power generation in the Black Sea region
  • Smart energy networks
    • Development of intersystem connections of electrical transmission systems in the Black Sea region
  • Knowledge for energy policy making
  • Development of the South Energy Corridor (natural gas) connecting the wider BSEC – Central Asia area with the EU
  • A regional Black Sea dimension of an emission trading scheme under the Kyoto Protocol and beyond
  • Energy efficiency in power generation, transmission and distribution

In its current Framework Programme the Commission funds a number of projects, called INCO-NET, that aim specifically at the bi-regional coordination of Science & Technology cooperation, including priority setting and definition of S&T cooperation policies. Their website contains information on events, policy developments and projects with regard to a specific region.