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Policy Oriented Entities

Black Sea Commission (BSC)

The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (the Black Sea Commission or BSC) is an inter-governmental body established in the framework of the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Bucharest Convention), its Protocols and the Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Sea (2009). The Black Sea Commission comprises one representative of each of the Contracting Parties (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine) to the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution.

BSEC (Black Sea Economic Cooperation)

Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC Organization) is a full-fledged intergovernmental, regional economic organization that includes 12 Member States from the wider Black Sea region (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine). After completing its 26th year of existence (founded in 1992) BSEC is today the oldest, most representative, most inclusive and institutionally mature intergovernmental Organization in the wider Black sea area, which contributes to the promotion of regional cooperation and economic development. BSEC has more than 25 areas of cooperation, which are of importance to its Member States, among them environmental protection, agriculture, culture, tourism, science and technology, education, energy, SMEs, emergency assistance, transport and etc.

BSAM (The Black Sea Assistance Mechanism)

The Black Sea Assistance Mechanism (BSAM) for the implementation of the Common Maritime Agenda (CMA) provides guidance and support to governments, private investors, trade and industrial associations, research institutions and universities and to the general public regarding opportunities to engage in Blue Economy maritime activities in the Black Sea region. The CMA sets three major goals for the Black Sea: 1) Healthy marine and coastal ecosystems 2) A competitive, innovative, and sustainable Blue Economy 3) Fostering Investment The implementation of the Common Maritime Agenda (CMA) will be supported at a regional level by the National Hubs from the seven (7) Black Sea countries in order to involve local stakeholders.

Ocean Data and Information Network for the Black Sea

The Ocean Data and Information Network for the Black Sea (ODINBLACKSEA) Pilot Project was established formally during the Nineteenth Session of the IODE Committee (Trieste, Italy, March 2007) through the Recommendation IODE-XIX.10 based on the following. The development and implementation of the ODINBLACKSEA project will be based on the success and lessons learnt from the other IODE ODIN projects, in particular, ODINAFRICA, ODINCARSA (Caribbean and South America region) and ODINCINDIO (Central Indian Ocean region).

CPMR (Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions)

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions brings together more than 150 Regions from 24 States from the European Union and beyond. The CPMR campaigns in favour of a more balanced development of the European territory. It operates both as a think tank and as a lobby for Regions. Through its extensive network of contacts within the EU institutions and national governments the CPMR has been targeting its action towards ensuring that the needs and interests of its Member Regions are taken into account in policies with a high territorial impact.

EMB (European Marine Board)

The (EMB) is the leading European think tank in marine science policy. It provides a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy. The EMB is a unique strategic pan-European Forum for seas and ocean research and technology. It provides a strategic forum to develop marine research foresight, initiate state-of-the-art analyses and translate these into clear policy recommendations to European institutions as well as national governments. EMB engages in several foresight activities by establishing working groups; and producing strategic foresight papers, organising forums and conferences and participating in EU projects.

GFCM (General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean)

GFCM is a regional fisheries management organization to ensure the conservation and the sustainable use, of living marine resources at the biological, social, economic and environmental level, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean and in the Black Sea. The Commission has the authority to adopt binding recommendations for fisheries conservation and management in its area of application and plays a critical role in fisheries governance in the region.

Black Sea NGO Forum

The Black Sea NGO Forum was launched in 2008 by the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND. The Forum has been organized with the support of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and  the European Commission, in the framework of the Black Sea Synergy. The Forum aims at increasing the level of dialogue and cooperation among NGOs in the wider Black Sea Region, strengthening the NGOs capacity to influence regional and national policies and to increase the number and quality of regional partnerships and projects.


Established in 2015, the main activities of the Cross-Border Maritime Spatial Plan for the Black-Sea – Romania and Bulgaria (MARSPLAN-BS) are: elaboration of the maritime spatial  plans in Bulgaria and Romania with updated GIS model and database; development of  the MSP common strategy for the cross-border area of Bulgaria and Romania,  addressing Land-Sea Interactions and Multi-Use concepts; providing effective  stakeholder participation in the design of national and cross-border MSP process; and sharing of good practices for the Black Sea from Bulgaria and Romania.

JPI Oceans (The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans)

JPI Oceans is an intergovernmental platform, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries who invest in marine and maritime research. JPI-Oceans supports co-fund mechanisms through national funding initiatives on mutually agreed challenges. By joining forces, JPI Oceans focuses on long-term collaboration between EU Member States, Associated Countries and international partners. The platform provides its member countries with a shared voice, strategic agenda and action plan to address complex ocean-related societal challenges that cannot be solved at national level. JPI Oceans adds to the value of national research and innovation investments by aligning national priorities and implementing joint actions.

ICBSS (International Centre for Black Sea Studies)

ICBSS is a non-profit organisation which functions as an independent research and training institution focusing on the wider Black Sea region. It is a related body of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and serves as its acknowledged think-tank. Through its activities, the ICBSS promotes multilateral cooperation among the BSEC member states, the European Union and other international organisations. The Centre elaborates and publishes research papers and studies, organises a variety of scientific events, and manages research projects that seek to foster a comprehensive and cohesive approach towards important issues of the Black Sea region, with explicit measurable (qualitatively and quantitatively) results and gains at both the academic and political level.

Black Sea NGO Network

The Black Sea NGO Network (BSNN), established in 1998 and registеred in 1999, is a regional association of NGOs from all Black Sea countries. The BSNN members, currently over 60, are brought together by the common concern for the decreasing environmental quality of the Black Sea and the need for the adoption of democratic values and practices in the Black Sea countries that follow the ideals of sustainability.

Black Sea Network for Sustainable Tourism

Black Sea Network for Sustainable Tourism - Strategies for joint tourism marketing and development in the Black Sea region aims to achieve a stronger regional partnership and cooperation among  regions in Black Sea Basin for sustainable tourism management and joint marketing  strategy.