BSEC PERMIS co-hosted with the World Bank a highly stimulating panel discussion on the future of the “Blue Economy” in the Black Sea region today. With the punchy title of “Actions rather than words for the Blue Economy in the Black Sea Region, it was run under the umbrella of #BSEC’s ‘Blueing the Black Sea’ (BBSEA) project funded by the Global Environment Facility and promoted by the World Bank aimed at combatting marine pollution. A number of highly distinguished panelists provided a series of excellent, practical ways the Blue Economy in the Black Sea could be advanced. The session was supported by the Delphi Economic Forum and moderated by Spyros Kouvelis of the EPLO Institute for Sustainable development. Click for full details of the event



  • Wednesday 20, Oct 2021
Utilizing the Dynamics of the Cities and the Regions

More and more, international organisations, central governments and private companies learn to embrace the power of the local. Deconcentration of political power and economic activity is deemed crucial to unleash hidden economic and social potential, mitigate inequalities and strengthen social and territorial cohesion. At the same time, citizens demand a more tangible level of accountability as centralized structures of power, either national or supranational, are considered distant and faceless.

In this spirit, the Delphi Economic Forum and Patris newspaper are organising the 2nd Olympia Forum, the largest conference in Greece dedicated to local and regional governance and cohesion policy. It will take place on October 20-23, 2021 at Zappeio Megaron in Athens and the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia.

View more information and the topics here

  • Monday 11, Oct 2021
Youth4Ocean - Call for Young Ocean Advocated - Black S...

Are you between 16 and 30 years old and do you represent the Black Sea Region? Do you organise conservation activities with children, other young people or a local community? Or maybe you have a project in mind to raise awareness of consumers on sustainable seafood or to use marine resources in the Black Sea sustainably? Or something completely different that you think has the potential to change things in the area?

Then we are looking for you!

The #Youth4Ocean Forum has launched a new call for project proposals, designed to promote the ideas of young change-makers in the Black Sea Region! All across the Black Sea Region, we are looking for young people that either are or would like to develop an ocean-related project and that are keen to become Black Sea ‘Young Ocean Advocates’.

What do you get out of it?

As a Black Sea Young Ocean Advocate, you will have access to exclusive benefits and resources to make a positive change for the Ocean:

• Your project and personal profile will be showcased in the Youth4Ocean Forum section on the Maritime Forum website of the European Commission, and promoted on social media by the EU4Ocean Coalition;
• You will get support and guidance from members of the EU4Ocean Coalition, to help you carry out your activities;
• You will have access to the coaching/mentoring programme of the EU4Ocean Coalition to develop your project and skills;
• You will be invited to participate in the EU4Ocean sea basin events on an equal footing with the EU4Ocean Coalition other members and get the chance to pitch your project and ideas in front of a broad audience;
• You will be able to attend events and network with leading experts, likeminded young people and professionals from all over Europe.
• You will get access to tools and networks to promote ocean literacy in Europe.
• You will be able to participate in EU4Ocean Coalition discussion groups on topics: Food from the Ocean, Climate & Ocean, Healthy & Clean Ocean;
• And last but not least, you will have the possibility to participate in the EU4Ocean final event (to be held in one the EU Member States in 2021/2022), and to win an award for your project.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for all kinds of projects or project ideas that take place in the Black Sea Region or that are somehow linked to the region. You can find more information in the Guidelines which include a handy FAQ section:
• 16–30-year-olds
• From the Black Sea Region / or a project (idea) focusing on the Black Sea Region
• Project (ideas) relevant to Food from the Ocean; Ocean and Climate; Healthy and Clean Ocean
• Project (ideas) relevant to the ocean: focusing on marine education; conservation; research, performing or visual arts; Blue Economy and entrepreneurship; fisheries and aquaculture; maritime transport; coastal tourism; sports; etc.
• Project (ideas) bringing a solution to a marine and/or social challenge, promoting sustainable development, community engagement, good practice and behaviour; etc.

All kinds of ideas to create the Black Sea we want are welcome and there’s no limit to imagination!

Will we see you online on the 5th of November for our Black Sea basin event?

Supported by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, the #Youth4Ocean and the #EU4Ocean Coalition are organizing the first Black Sea Ocean Literacy Event taking place on the 29th,30th and on the 5th of November 2021.

The event will discuss ongoing activities of the EU4Ocean coalition and its communities in the Black Sea, with a specific focus on marine litter. It will give specific space to the interactions between Black Sea youth ambassadors and Young Ocean advocates, and discussions on bringing the education on the Black Sea into the classrooms with the relevant stakeholders. Kicking off at the Black Sea Action Day with the Ocean Literacy festival activities, launching the projects of the Young Ocean advocates, and finishing with the panel discussions on how to move forward concrete initiatives in the Black Sea (in particular in the topics of marine litter and citizen science) with marine experts, policy makers, youth, educators, and general public and make a movement to make pledges for the MakeEUBlue campaign for making and keeping the Black Sea Blue!

Now what?

Brainstorm – submit your application until the 25th of October 2021!




  • Friday 08, Oct 2021
Survey - Blue Entrepreneurship Workshop Follow-up on Bu...

After the second  workshop on  Black Sea Blue Entrepreneurship,  we have prepared a short survey to listen on your opinions!

We would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to provide your feedback, aiding us to enhance our services and pave the way for future activities to support CMA implementation. The survey is available at the following link:

Survey - Blue Entrepreneurship Workshop Follow-up on Business Ecosystem Support

If there’s anything from the event that you would like to catch up on, you can access speakers’ presentation slides and other materials on the event page: Black Sea Blue Entrepreneurship Workshop.

Many thanks again for your participation in the webinar and see you soon!


Black Sea Virtual Knowledge Centre

  • Thursday 07, Oct 2021
Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Growth

The Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Growth is jointly organized by the University of Trieste and the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS. The Master is addressed to researchers, scientists and managers. The aim of the Master is to support the creation of stable and attractive career pathways and highly skilled talents that will be needed to support expanding marine and maritime sectors. The focus of the Master is on strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to the blue economy.

Further information: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/advancedmaster/information

Apply here: https://inogs.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49bb9311efd71f3250c9630f6&id=9b1aa15d97&e=d83a5e7a83