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

  • 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

  • Monday 27, Sep 2021
Questionnaire for “Innovation for sustainability and ec...

Using the existing experience gained in previous projects, and in collaboration with industry through linked marine innovation clusters and partners’ existing links to private sector, Black Sea CONNECT will identify the innovation needs and opportunities for healthy and sustainable use of the Black Sea while achieving economic growth by adopting emerging technologies offered especially by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

A critical step for this purpose will be bringing stakeholders from science and research, policy-making, industry, business, and investment together at a thematic workshop or conference on “innovation for sustainability and economic growth in the Black Sea” to enhance communication and collaboration.

The objectives of this workshop will be :

  • To identify innovation needs and opportunities including potential gaps and barriers
  • To achieve economic growth by adopting emerging technologies

While addressing these objectives, our  approach will be the following :

  • Learning from the “others” to organize in the Black Sea region;
  • Defining next steps to start organizing the Black Sea innovation ecosystem.

Based on the analysis of the local context and the Black Sea SRIA priorities, the workshop will raise awareness and build capacities on:

  • The clustering approach: Enhance communication and collaboration between stakeholders from science and research, policymakers, industry, business and investment to generate innovative products and services.
  • Share good practices to support innovation adaptable to the Black Sera context.

It will be based on a comprehensive analysis of innovation needs and opportunities for healthy and sustainable use of the Black Sea while achieving economic growth by adopting emerging technologies offered especially by the Fourth Industrial Revolution[1]. The workshop will also try to identify which are the potential gaps and barriers of all sorts (legal, financial, etc) in the successful development of Blue Growth in the Black Sea countries and will try to find best practice examples that could help smoothen the path forward.

The workshop will pave the way to provide the roadmap for marine innovation and technology transfer to the Black Sea countries, gathering together stakeholders from science and research, policymaker, industry, business and investment and exchanging best practices in between European advanced marine innovation clusters and nascent Black Sea clusters and innovation actors to achieve innovation for blue economy.

To map the innovation needs and potential gaps and barriers, Black Sea CONNECT CSA has launched an online questionnaire in all Black Sea countries targeting the business networks/ actors operating in the Black Sea countries. The questionnaire will feed into the content of the workshop that will take place in early 2022.

The questionnaire is available in all Black Sea languages and English.

[1] http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Harnessing_4IR_Oceans.pdf








  • Friday 17, Sep 2021
Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishi...

The 17th of September, the Commission adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities for 2022 in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The proposal promotes the sustainable management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas and delivers on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations. It reflects the Commission's ambition for achieving sustainable fisheries in these two sea basins, in line with the recently adopted 2030 Strategy of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “Sustainable fisheries management in all of the EU's sea basins is our commitment and responsibility. While we have seen some improvement in recent years in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, we are still far from reaching sustainable levels and more effort is needed to achieve this goal. We are, therefore, today making our proposal for fish catches in the two sea basins fully reliant on scientific advice.” 

In the Black Sea, the proposal includes catch limits and quotas for turbot and sprat. For turbot, the proposal transposes the EU quota decided in the revision of the GFCM turbot multiannual management plan. For sprat, the Commission proposes to maintain the same catch limit as in 2021.

Next steps

The Council of Fisheries Ministers of the European Union will discuss the Commission's proposal in December and establish the allocation of fishing opportunities. The regulation should apply as of 1 January 2022. 


The Commission promotes an enhanced multilateral approach and cooperation to fisheries management in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The Malta MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations established a new governance framework, which was strengthened by the adoption of the new 2030 GFCM Strategy on 9 July 2021.  

The multiannual management plan for demersal stocks in the Western Mediterranean adopted in June 2019, introduced a fishing effort regime for trawlers intended to achieve an overall reduction of up to 40% in five years. In 2020, the first year of its implementation, a 10% reduction was introduced, while the 2021 fishing opportunities proposal resulted in the reduction of a further 7.5%.

GFCM is a regional fisheries management organisation competent for the conservation and management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The GFCM Adriatic plan has reduced demersal fishing effort by 16% in the first two years of implementation. It is set to reach MSY for the key demersal stocks by 2026 by limiting the annual fishing effort on the basis of scientific advice.

In 2017, the GFCM adopted a multiannual management plan for turbot in the Black Sea, the first management and control measures to be implemented at regional level.

For more information

Proposal for a Council Regulation fixing for 2022 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in the Mediterranean and Black Seas

Read the full news here.