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Romania will take over the Chairmanship-in-Office of both the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) in the second half of 2015, with this dual mandate opening new opportunities that need to be capitalized upon, Senator and PABSEC member Marian Vasiliev said on Thursday, on the first day of the Black Sea-Danube Social-Economic Innovation Forum in Bucharest, Agerpres informs.
He also mentioned that lawmakers need to get more involved in activities envisaging the development of the Danube area and of the Black Sea region.
“‘The theme of the Danube is interesting for every one of us. The parliamentary side of Black Sea interaction comprises 12 countries, with Romania being the 5th contributor to this organization and playing a very important role in the development, on parliamentary ground, of relations based on Black Sea cooperation. (…),” Vasiliev said.
Romania needs a type of lobbying and a change of mentalities when it comes to the European Union Danube Region Strategy (EUDRS) and it wants to benefit from such move very much, the EUDRS Romania national coordinator Carmen Podgorean said attending the event.
‘The European Union has allocated EUR 100 million worth of funding for the Danube region under the Cohesion Policy 2007-2013.