Maritime Affairs

Smart and Blue – Second Black Sea stakeholder conference – new opportunities for the blue economy of the Black Sea

Smart and Blue – Second Black Sea stakeholder conference – new opportunities for the blue economy of the Black Sea

Smart and Blue – Second Black Sea stakeholder conference – new opportunities for the blue economy of the Black Sea


Smart & Blue conference

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: 24/03/2015
Venue: Sofia Balkan Hotel, 5 Sveta Nedelya Square, 1000 Sofia


The organisers' team would like to Thank you for your interest in the Second Black Sea Stakeholder Conference. In the next days, you will find some useful documents about the Conference such as the speakers' presentations, the press releases (in English and Bulgarian), the effective list of participants and other conference proceedings. Please note that the summary of the conference proceedings will be soon available in English.


Background document

Video recording of the event

Press release of the EC Representation, Sofia, Bulgaria

Press release of the host country

Effective list of participants

Photo gallery on Flickr

Capitalising on the success of the first edition of the stakeholder conference held in Bucharest on 30 January 2014, this year the forum will team up with maritime practitioners and entrepreneurs of the Black Sea to discuss how they can achieve their maximum potential, and generate sustainable economic and social benefits in the coastal areas.

To this effect, dedicated working sessions will seek ideas on:

  • how to better connect maritime businesses,
  • how to diversify and improve tourism offer in the coastal areas,
  • where research can shape business and vice versa,
  • how to reduce conflicts for space when developing maritime activities,
  • how to use the sea in a sustainable manner.

Key speakers will include Mr Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Mr Ivaylo Moskovski, Minister for Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Bulgaria.

The event will affirm European Commission's committment to work collectively and in partnership with the Black Sea countries to support a blue and sustainable economy in the region and to maximase marine and maritime cooperation across all bordering states.

More information about our sea-basin approach and actions in the Black Sea

Presentations and speeches (as delivered at the event)

Political opportunities to enhance business growth

Mr Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Mrs Ketevan Moistsrapeshvili, Governor of Guria Region, Georgia - Speech - Presentation

Ambassador Victor Tvircun, Secretary General, Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation

Panel 1: Connecting business

Mr Oleksandr Ilko (en, ru), Head of Department of Maritime complex, Odessa Regional Administration, Ukraine

Prof Francesco Musco, PhD, Iuav University of Venice, CORILA Member of governing board, Consortium for Managing Scientific Research on Venice Lagoon System

Dr Yordan Gospodinov (en, bg), Executive Director, Association of Fish Products Producers BG FISH

Panel 2: Fishing for tourists

Mrs Nikolina Angelkova, Minister for Tourism, Bulgaria

Mrs Raluca Andreea Bumbac, FLAG Delta Manager, Romania

Mr Mamuka Berdzenishvili, Deputy Chairman, Adjara Tourism and Resorts Department, Georgia

Dr Margarita Stancheva, Institute Oceanography, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria

Mr Aleksey Kuzov, Marketing and Insurance Department, UKRFERRY Shipping Company, Ukraine

Panel 3: Creating business opportunities

Mrs Ilze Atanasova, Marine cluster Bulgaria

Mr Nayden Stanev (en, bg), Manager, Black Sea Shells, Bulgaria

Ms Laura Bobarnac, Head of Unit, Ministry of Regional Development (Management Authority, Black Sea Cross-Border Cooperation programme), Romania

Mrs Daniela Tchonkova, Programme Coordinator, ARC Consulting, Enterprise Europe Network – Bulgaria

Dr Adrian Stanica, Scientific Director, GeoCoMar, Romania

Way forward & Closing remarks

Mr Hubert Gambs, Director, Mediterranean and Black Sea, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission