Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu received Victor Tvircun (photo L0, Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) on Thursday. On this occasion, the minister reasserted Romania’s commitment to the regional cooperation around the Black Sea and underlined the country’s contribution to the activities of the BSEC, especially in the fields of transportation, environment protection, and fighting cross-border crime and tax avoidance.
Victor Tvircun is on a working visit to Bucharest, a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed Agerpres.
According to this source, Aurescu and Tvircun discussed the state of the implementation of the goals by domain of the ‘Economic Agenda – Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership’ (2012), which Romania sees as very important for the main purpose of this organization; Romania has proposed a monitoring procedure for the application of the agenda by the high officials of the BSEC.
The top Romanian diplomat also presented some issues of the preparations for the Romanian Presidency of the BSEC, starting on July 1.
Aurescu appreciated “the concern of the BSEC Secretariat for the implementation of the Economic Agenda and underscored the importance of the consolidation of the cooperation with the European Union and of identifying concrete projects to be launched and implemented with the EU, to give substance to the BSEC-EU interaction.”
He also asserted that Romania’s goals for its BSEC Presidency aim at increasing the visibility and efficiency of the organization.
The Black Sea cooperation process was launched by the Istanbul Declaration of June 25 1992. The organization now has 12 member states: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Serbia.