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Brief abstract of the conference


The Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in the first Semester of 2019 is an excellent opportunity to build, strengthen, promote and disseminate its strategic goals, which are in accordance with the EU policies and objectives. Positioned both in the lower part of the Danube Region and the Western Black Sea, Romania has been strategically interested in strengthening cooperation in both regions.

The “Sustainable Development at the Black Sea” Conference under the auspices of the EU Council Presidency is an excellent opportunity for Romania as well as the whole EU to take major steps towards the development, approval and implementation of a Strategic Agenda in the Black Sea region. This will support and guide the way towards a knowledge-based society, where innovation and smart activities bring the sustainable social and economic growth in the entire Black Sea region.

The conference will bring together all major categories of stakeholders with active and potential roles in building a sustainable and innovative society in the Black Sea region. Besides the research and academic communities, the Conference will bring together actors from all the Black Sea countries, supporting a smart connection between Europe and Asia, aiming to bring to life the “Silk Road” of the future. Decision and policy makers, academics, professionals, local communities, environmental NGOs, business persons will work together in five parallel sessions.

The scope is to identify policy options and priorities, as well as plan future actions. Outcomes of the parallel sessions will be used to strengthen and support the “Bucharest Declaration” aimed to build a Sustainable and Innovative Society around the Black Sea. The Conference will thus be a landmark also on a process started by the EC in 2016, which has grouped DG R&I, DG MARE, the Eastern Partnership and a group of researchers in the Black Sea countries to develop a strategic plan to back the smart and sustainable growth in the region.





The “Sustainable Development at the Black Sea” Conference

8-9 May, 2019
Bucharest, Romania

Dear Madam/Dear Sir,
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the Ministry of Research and Innovation of Romania and the Romanian National Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology - GeoEcoMar will organize, on 8-9 May 2019, in Bucharest, the high-level Conference “Sustainable Development at the Black Sea”. The Conference is dedicated to the official launch of the future Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea and the first discussions and plans for its practical implementation.
This event is part of the Official Programme of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The conference will offer the Black Sea riparian states and the Republic of Moldova the opportunity to discuss, adopt and set up the future steps for the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea. We are honored to have the support of the EU Commission and of the EEAS in organizing this conference.
The Conference will be hosted in Bucharest and will start at noon on May 8th and will be followed by a full day programme on May 9th. For those who are interested in discovering ways and plans to promote eco-tourism in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, a field excursion will be organized on May 10-11 to the Danube Delta coast. A limited number of places are available for this second event.
The official programme will be sent in due time and registration is bound to open soon. In the meanwhile, I would highly appreciate it if you could save the date in your agendas for this very important event.
Registration and further developments to follow here: http://www.sust-black.ro/

With best regards,
Dr. Adrian Stanica
Director General of GeoEcoMar
Organizer of the “Sustainable Development at the Black Sea” Conference


Useful information


Burgas vision paper



SRIA Development Process:

3rd Expert Meeting for Developing a Blue Growth Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Black Sea



4th Experts' meeting towards SRIA for the Black Sea, 27.3.2018, Istanbul/ Next meeting >> 30 May 2018



5th Experts' meeting towards SRIA for the Black Sea, Burgas 30.5/ Next steps



6th Experts' meeting towards SRIA for the Black Sea/ Bucharest, 5.10.2018



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