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10th anniversary since the launch of the Black Sea Non-Governmental Organizations Forum. MAE’s official: Black Sea NGOs Forum brings benefits to the participant states

Secretary of state with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) Dan Neculaescu on Monday stated that the Black Sea Non-Governmental Organizations Forum is very important, and that Romania will continue to support it, for it showed very good results over the years.

Neculaescu attended an event marking the 10th anniversary since the launch of the Black Sea Non-Governmental Organizations Forum.

In this context, while underscoring the strategic character of the Black Sea region, including its challenges in terms of security, but also the opportunities for dialogue, the Romanian official hailed the concrete activities carried out by the Forum in its ten years of existence, shows a MAE release .

Moreover, the secretary of state said that the Ministry will continue to support this initiative, which is meant “for connecting people and civil societies in the region and strengthen their capacity to efficiently contribute to the national and regional policies,” reads the release.

Discussions highlighted the importance of dialogue and regional cooperation between the civil societies of participant states under the aegis of the Black Sea Synergy. In this context, secretary of state Dan Neculaescu reaffirmed Romania’s interest in boosting EU’s engagement in this sense, informs MAE.

“Ten years ago Romania already saw the Black Sea as a strategic area and tried to develop cooperation in the region at many levels as possible. I noticed that, over the past ten years, the security aspects, one of the most important in the Black Sea region, are facing some complex challenges. I saw how security in the Black Sea got worse because of the illegal annexation of Crimea, but also because of what happened in eastern Ukraine and not only. I saw how this circle of frozen conflicts persists and, hence, when we saw and said that the Black Sea is a strategic element for Romania we developed this on many levels. One is the security level that we have now, and we saw the NATO measures for strengthening the Eastern flank and the Black Sea, and we also saw the opportunities that could exist. And one of these was to connect, to try a dialogue at the level of the 11 member states of this forum at civil society level,” secretary of state Dan Neculaescu told AGERPRES.

The Black Sea NGOs Forum represents an open space for debate, information and mutual understanding, communication and cooperation between the representatives of the civil society, authorities and active non-governmental organizations in the extended region of the Black Sea.

The launch of this initiative benefited from the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Representation of the European Commission to Romania and the Black Sea Trust, in the context of the European policy of the Black Sea Synergy. Since its first edition in 2008, the Forum gathered 900 participants from various fields of activity from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, Romania, as well as from other member states of the European Union, operating in the Black Sea basin.

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