The videos have been created within the Black Sea React! and Black Sea Cruise projects, which were co-funded by the European Commission under Grant Contract ENI/2020/421-957.
  • Friday 24, Mar 2023
Call for applications: stand at EMD 2023, Brest

The European Commission has launched a call for application for stakeholders to have a stand at the European Maritime Day 2023, in Brest. Every year DG MARE organizes this flagship event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and outline joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.


The last time stakeholders had the possibility to have a stand to showcase their project/initiative in an exhibition was 2019, before COVID. This year the Commission is bringing this nice feature back to the event and are looking for big projects or initiatives related to blue economy and maritime affairs, who might have a strong interest in this high-visibility event. 


The call for application is open to stakeholders based in the EU/EEA area or in accession countries. Deadline to express interest in purchasing a stand is Wednesday, 5 April midnight. DG MARE will review applications on an ad hoc basis. All info and request form to fill in can be found here: https://www.emd2023-exhibition.com/request-a-stand/2

  • Monday 13, Mar 2023
Uruguay REST-COAST summer workshop

"Innovative research and management for coastal restoration"

13-15 March 2023

Centro Universitario Regional Este (CURE), Maldonado


Online connection


Meeting ID: 845 1341 4651

Access code: 2dbFCfNV!$


  • Monday 13, Mar 2023
Official launch of the Smart Specialisation Community o...

As announced at the last Steering Committee meeting and building on the extensive expertise and practical experience gained from more than 10 years of developing Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3), DG REGIO has announce at the end of February,  the launch of the Smart Specialisation Community of Practice (S3 CoP), DG REGIO’s main source of support and knowledge sharing on the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies.

The work of the S3 CoP will build on the experiences of existing Partnerships, drawing lessons from the past to address emerging and future needs of your regions and stakeholders. In practical terms, the S3 Community of Practice will carry out a wide range of activities to support all S3 thematic platforms and Thematic Smart Specialisation Partnerships (TSSPs), providing services such as:

  • An up-to-date website on the overall activities of the platform and partnerships.
  • The hosting of steering committee meetings.
  • Support to new and existing TSSPs including, among others:
  1. guidance material for all stages of collaborations.
  2. monitoring and analysis of partnerships and their activities.
  3. tailored service provision to the partnerships (e.g. support for governance models, (re)scoping, smart partnering, search for funding assistance, support to scale-up).
  • Peer learning opportunities and cross-cutting analyses.

In addition, the S3 CoP will also host the Expression of Interest (EoI) for regions and stakeholders to start a new Partnership for Interregional Collaboration. The EoI will be open continuously, with two cut-off dates per year. In 2023, the first cut-off date will be in April, whilst the second will take place in September.

To facilitate planning and engagement of stakeholders, the S3 CoP has published a tentative (non-exhaustive) timeline with the key foreseen activities for the year 2023:

  • 30 March 2023: launch of the S3 Community of Practice featuring the support to be provided to existing and new Partnerships. The new call for Expression of Interest (EoI) to new Partnerships will be launched at this occasion.
  • April 2023: dedicated follow-up with support experts on partnerships’ needs, to initiate the service provision.  Also first deadline for call for the Expression of Interest for new Partnerships.
  • May/June 2023: first Steering Committee meeting, together with Interregional Cooperation Working Group meeting.
  • September 2023: second deadline for call for the Expression of Interest for new Partnerships.
  • November 2023: second Steering Committee meeting.

Registration for the S3 CoP launching event (available until 29 March): https://s3-conference.regio-events.eu/

S3CoP secretariat contact (by IDEA Consult): contact@s3-cop.eu

S3 CoP Twitter: @S3Cop_EU

  • Wednesday 15, Feb 2023
Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership first transnationa...

Dear  Black Sea blue economy stakeholders,

The Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership is a Horizon Europe co-funded partnership. It constitutes a network of 60 Partner institutions from 25 countries and the European Commission that enables an unprecedent effort to pool research and innovation investments and align national programmes at pan-European scale, taking into consideration the sea-basin (Mediterranean, Black Sea, Baltic and North Sea) and Atlantic Ocean dimension.

The partnership is focusing to boost the transformation towards a climate-neutral, sustainable, productive and competitive blue economy by 2030, while creating and supporting the conditions for a healthy ocean for the people by 2050. Achieving this vision through cooperation will enable addressing key EU policy objectives of Green transition, digital transformation and recovery and ultimately contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

With its ambition to make a major step in transforming the blue economy, the Partnership will actively seek engagement by launching, implementing and monitoring six co-funded calls for research and innovation proposals over a seven-year timeframe.

The first joint transnational call of SBEP is publishedBluepartnership call

On DG  RTD’s website: https://research-and-innovation.ec.europa.eu/news/all-research-and-innovation-news/european-commission-joins-forces-23-countries-through-sustainable-blue-economy-partnership-launch-2023-02-13_en

We believe you find this information interesting.

With kind regards,


  • Friday 13, Jan 2023
Southern European Entrepreneurship Engine (South3E) pro...

The EU-funded project Southern European Entrepreneurship Engine (South3E) aims to accelerate deep tech projects and solutions coming from research teams, start-ups and SMEs, which can positively affect social development and economic growth for a more sustainable future.

South3E is a joint initiative funded by the European Commission under the European Innovation Ecosystems SCALEUP call, part of the Horizon Europe Programme. The project will take 30 months and it will be managed by 4 partners from Portugal, Greece, Ireland and Spain. The team consists of experts from the research, innovation and acceleration ecosystem, together with policy and community building experts.

The first South3E open call

Today, the consortium of S3E – Southern European Entrepreneurship Engine has launched its first open call as part of the development of an engine of growth that will improve the connections and efficiency of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in Southern European countries.

In the framework of this open call, the South3E project will develop disruptive solutions built around unique or hard-to-reproduce breakthroughs, and products, processes or services capable of fulfilling currently unmet (or ill-met) market needs. This new engine will unlock the untapped innovation potential of Southern European deep tech, targeting scientific and technical excellence in the fields of agriculture, natural sciences, health, engineering and technology. 

The call is built around 3 tracks of services tailored to start-ups’ varying levels of maturity (i.e., early, growth, and scaling stages).

  • S3E Start: for research teams and tech transfer offices, S3E offers a hands-on training programme to hone their commercial skills and secure early funding for development.
  • S3E Charge: for grown start-ups, S3E provides mentoring and networking to develop an investment-ready business plan and facilitate access to non-dilutable and dilutable funding.
  • S3E Reverse: for scaling start-ups and SMEs, S3E will set up an Open Innovation ecosystem to broker, connect and match corporates to scaling start-ups through a challenge-solution duality.

The deadline for applying to the S3E Open call is 10 February 2023, 17:00 CEST.

For more information about the project and the open call, check the S3E website.

  • Tuesday 06, Dec 2022
The Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2022

In one week, the 4th edition of the Balkans & Black Sea Forum highlighting “The Eurasian nexus post 2022: high-stakes arena for security, trade and investments”, kicks-off in Athens Acropolis Museum on 13-14 December 2022, thus paving the way for a sincere, coherent and constructive dialogue, needed today more than ever before.

Secure your spot today to “Sharpen-the-saw”, Boost outreach and networking opportunities, Establish connections, Listen to insights, Engage & interact in spirited debates and constructive dialogues.


Among this year’s distinguished speakers:

* H.E. Željka Cvijanović, President, Bosnia and Herzegovina

* Ms. Angelina Eichhorst, Managing Director EUROPE, European External Action Service

* Mr. Xiao Junzheng, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China

* Mr. Peter Svec – Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy, Slovakia

* Mr. Zdenko Lucić, State Secretary for Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia

* Ambassador Lazar Comanescu, Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation

* Ms. Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director a.i, Europe-Turkey-Central Asia

* Mr. Wim Mijs, Chief Executive Officer, European Banking Federation

* Mr. Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General, International Road Transport Union

* Dr. Nikolas E. Farantouris, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law

* Mr. Wouter Zweers, Research Fellow, EU & Global Affairs, Clingendael Institute of the Netherlands


For more information regarding the event please check the Forum’s website: https://balkansblackseaforum.org/bbsf2022/

  • Monday 05, Dec 2022
Save the date - Virtual Horizon Europe Info Days to tak...

The Info Days for Horizon Europe Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy & Mobility - will now be held fully virtually instead of hybrid on 15-16 December 2022. 


The virtual Info Days will present the research and innovation topics proposed for 2023 under the Work Programme 2023-2024 of Horizon Europe  Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy & Mobility.

The sessions will give the opportunity to prospective applicants to learn more about the funding options under the new Work Programme with focus on twin green and digital transitions to achieve climate neutrality in Europe by 2050.

The goal of the Info Days is to present 106 open topics of the Horizon Europe Cluster 5 calls for 2023 by way of a plenary and four parallel sessions.

For a detailed agenda, participation information and practical details, visit the event websiteSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN•••

A separate virtual pitching session and brokerage session organised by the National Contact Points (NCP) will take place in the afternoon on 15 December. The brokerage session will provide to future project partners the opportunity to network, through dedicated meetings organised by sector. More information.

The Brokerage Event registration will be open from 7 November at 8:00 am until 28 November at 12:00 pm. News and updates will also be shared on social media via Twitter and LinkedIn

  • Monday 24, Oct 2022
Extended deadline! | Advanced Master in Sustainable Blu...

The deadline for applications for the Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Economy has been extended to the 24th of October, 11:59 P.M. (Italian time)!


Further information