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MAE and EC underscore Black Sea strategic importance within national workshop

The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) and the European Commission organised on Friday the national workshop under the Facility for Blue Growth in the Black Sea, a release of the MAE informs.

At the opening of the event, Secretary of State for European Affairs with Romania’s Foreign Ministry Melania-Gabriela Ciot highlighted the strategic importance of the Black Sea on Romania’s foreign affairs agenda, Romania’s constant commitment in favour of regional cooperation, as well as the important role of the European Union in strengthening cooperation in this area in the Black Sea region, the quoted source reveals.

The Secretary of State presented the concept of blue economy as it is implemented at the EU level, as well as the ties between this concept and various EU initiatives, firstly, the Integrated Maritime Policy, but also the Facility for Blue Growth in the Black Sea. She highlighted the economic potential and the social development opportunities which the implementation in Romania of a blue economy can entail in the future, starting off a closer inter-institutional coordination and cooperation, and a sustained dialogue with all the entities involved in projects, programmes and activities related to the Black Sea in Romania.

The State Secretary concluded her speech by voicing her appreciation for the diversified participation of Romanian institutions and organisations in this national workshop, which reflects the solid interest for developing a blue economy. The Romanian official reconfirmed the MAE openness to “facilitate this process of coordination and cooperation on a domestic level, especially, through taking the results at European and regional level and constantly pursuing Romania’s national objectives on various sectorial dimensions,” the MAE pointed out.

The national workshop under the Facility for Blue Growth in the Black Sea was organised by the MAE in partnership with the European Commission and its experts, with the support of the European Commission Representation in Bucharest, the Transport Ministry and the Ministry of Communications and Information Society.

According to the release, the workshop was attended by approximately 80 participants, including officials and expert of numerous central and local authorities of the areas connected to the Black Sea coast, alongside representatives of the academia and research area, the business milieu, non-governmental organizations, professional associations.

The national workshop under the Facility for Blue Growth in the Black Sea is organised as part of Romania’s internal demarches to agree, at regional level and with the support of the European Union (especially through the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries), on a common maritime Agenda in the Black Sea in 2019. The objective of agreeing such an agenda was assumed by all the high-officials of Bulgaria, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, in the presence of European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, through the Declaration in Burgas on 31 May 2018.

Romania endorses these demarches that will strengthen the regional cooperation and create the favorable conditions of achieving concrete results at citizens level, following the implementation of a blue economy. These processes take into account the results that already have been achieved by the EU’s involvement in maritime cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea and the Baltic Sea.

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