Launch of the Black Sea SRIA Implementation Plan

Launch of the Black Sea SRIA Implementation Plan: “What is next for the Black Sea research and innovation cooperation?” will be held at European Parliament in Brussels on 4th of May 2023.

The event is taking place in the framework of the Seas, Rivers, Islands & Coastal Areas (SEArica) Intergroup of the European Parliament and it is co-organized by the Black Sea CONNECT Project and the European Commission DG RTD, with the support of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) and its Balkan and Black Sea Commission (BBSC).

Despite all the setbacks, scientists, innovators, and research stakeholders have continued to develop their shared vision and plans for a healthy, resilient, and productive Black Sea through the development of the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).

This event will be the occasion to launch the Final SRIA Implementation Plan to set the foundational work for protecting unique habitats of the Black Sea while supporting the development of sea-based sectors, which will then boost the blue economy and help create more jobs. Implementation Plan includes specifically designed research and innovation actions, actions to build vital support systems and innovative research infrastructure, actions to enhance education, and to build, develop and strengthen capacity. Implementation Plan of the SRIA, as a scientific pillar of the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea, calls upon participants from academia, funding organizations, industry, policy, and society to take these strategic joint actions forward, in order to address the fundamental challenges of the Black Sea and promote the sustainable blue economy. Policymakers, Black Sea scientists, Black Sea Young Ambassadors, citizens as well as the next generation of Black Sea youth and entrepreneurs, and investors, all have a role to play as future change makers for the Black Sea.