• 15 Sep, 2024


Dear Black Sea friends,

In order to upskill and ensure the understanding of the challenges and opportunities to be addressed for a sustainable Blue Economy across the Black Sea, the EU H2020-funded BRIDGE-BS R&I project conducts a range of educational and capacity-building activities.

With this aim, the 2nd Summer School is organized by the BRIDGE-BS project by targeting graduate students from Black Sea riparian countries (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Moldova, Türkiye, and Ukraine) and will be hosted by one of the facilities of the Tbilisi State University (TSU) on 15-17 September 2024.

The 2nd Summer School will mainly focus on supporting tools for strengthening the Sustainable Blue Economy in the Black Sea region.

The lectures will address fundamental topics related to Blue Biotechnology.

The Summer School will involve interactive lectures and group work.

On the last day, a hackathon will take place where participants will work in a small team setting to develop a viable solution to boost the sustainable development of the Blue Economy with a particular focus on the emerging sector of biotechnologies.

Date: 15-16-17 September 2024 (14 September, Arrival Day)
Location: Tbilisi State University in Tbilisi, Georgia

Fees, Costs, and Visa

All selected participants will attend the summer school free of charge and in person.

Selected participants’ accommodation (up to 4 nights, depending on the flight schedule) in shared dormitories: 2 people of the same gender; Istanbul University will cover lunches and some dinners.

Subsistence costs in Tbilisi for the duration of the training, are borne by the participants.

All participants are responsible for complying with the entry requirements to Georgia. Participants who need to have a visa should organize their visa procedure and cover the costs of granting it. İstanbul University and BRIDGE-BS Project support the accepted candidates with an invitation letter. İstanbul University will organize accommodation and travel arrangements for the selected students.


Only graduate students of any discipline related to the Blue Economy (economy, research, and/or policy) will be considered;

Candidates should be graduate students from Black Sea riparian countries (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Moldova, Türkiye and Ukraine);

Candidates should have a good working knowledge of English (level B2 or higher)

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  • 24 Jun, 2024

Dear stakeholders,

As most of you already know, under Subtask 9.1.3 Establish a Science-Technology-Policy English language MOOC on Blue Growth, we will design and develop a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) related to be created in line with the BRIDGE-BS objectives and expected outcomes. 

Here in this stage will need your input and support to better design the BRIDGE-BS MOOC. So as a first step, I will kindly ask you to fill the following survey until June 23, 2024 and share the survey with your colleagues who have similar experience and help us with reaching the right tools / platforms.

MOOC Survey Link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15JxzriV4qzzSEEyHBXlhTphj5AgmvewXbn156kTbPz4/edit

While filling out the survey please keep in mind that the main goals of the MOOC are to equip Early Career Ocean Professionals with the necessary theoretical and practical skills in marine research as well as inform a range of stakeholders about the research conducted for developing a sustainable Blue Economy in the Black Sea region.


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  • 24 Jun, 2024
H2020 BRIDGE-BS / Black Sea Accelerator Second Call is ...

The Black Sea Accelerator is supporting sustainable blue economy solutions across the Black Sea region, to foster sustainable and circular innovation in the Black Sea area. 

The first call promoted in the context of the BRIDGE-BS and DOORS Black Sea R&I projects, funded under H2020, a total of 30 applications proposing innovative services, products, or technologies have been received, covering all sectors of the Blue Economy (aquaculture, fisheries, boating, and yachting, blue biotechnologies, maritime transport and its greening and digitalization, plastic pollution and waste management, etc.). 10 applicants have been accompanied by BRIDGE-BS and DOORS via dedicated training sessions in plenary or in dedicated sessions to support the development of the targeted market ideas for the blue economy of the Black Sea. Such training sessions aim to develop skills in various domains such as pitching, analyzing business models, structuring business plans, leads for business development, etc.

The second call is now open for Black Sea-based applicants (individuals/organizations). More applications are foreseen as the support provided will be offered through online training and advisory services. In principle, the language of such services will be English. Note that, for this 2nd call, more established (market-ready) solutions are eligible (Technology Readiness Level 6 and above).

The deadline for applying for the second and final call of the BSA is 20 July 2024 and the support will be provided from mid-September until the end of 2024.

The 2nd High Tech Summit for the Black Sea will take place on 16 October and will serve as a key step in the BSA and the most successful participants of both calls will be featured either as relevant technologies or during pitching sessions.

To address any questions or comments you may have, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at acceleratorblacksea@gmail.com

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  • 14 May, 2024
UfM Mediterranean Green Week

The UfM EU and Jordan CoPresidency and Secretariat are pleased to announce that the MED GREEN WEEK will take place from 14-16 May 2024 in Istanbul, Türkiye.

 The Med Green Week will include the UfM Regional Platform and Working Groups on Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water, and will aim at sparking discussions, boosting participation and fostering collaboration. 

 Impactful and dynamic cross-thematic workshops will also be organised, ensuring the contribution/s of a wide range of key actors committed to collaborate for a sustainable and inclusive future in the Mediterranean region.

 Kindly save the date in your calendar. More detailed information will be shared in the coming weeks.

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  • 28 Mar, 2024
Connecting Europe Days 2024 - Don’t forget to sign up!

Don’t forget to sign up for Connecting Europe Days 2024!

Spaces are filling-up quickly for Connecting Europe Days 2024, Europe’s mobility flagship event, on 2-5 April in Brussels, Belgium. Register now to secure your spot. 

The Connecting Europe by Air side event at Brussels Airport will delve into how aviation can help ensure the connectivity and multimodality of the EU transport network. The role of collaboration, research, and financing as a catalyst for the aviation sector’s decarbonisation will also be discussed. Participants can explore innovative EU funded aviation projects at the on-site exhibition. Full programme here.

The conference will host a Marketplace for innovative companies, project promoters and initiatives from the public and private sector across Europe to pitch their transport projects. Interested to share your ideas? Apply here before 18 March.

Connecting Europe Days will bring together more than 2,500 participants from all EU Member States and neighbouring third countries, in particular the Western Balkan partners as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia. Participants include Ministers, politicians, financial institutions, industry representatives, transport stakeholders and the European Commission and related agencies. 

The Connecting Europe Days 2024 will be the place to discuss concrete measures and exchange good practices on creating a sustainable, smart and resilient, transport and mobility network in Europe. It will take stock of the ambitious goals set out in the EU Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

The event is being organised together with the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU. 

Visit our website for the programme and speakers. Don’t forget to take a look at the different side events and networking opportunities taking place throughout the Connecting Europe Days, including a cocktail hosted for all participants by Infrabel on 3 April. 

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  • 07 Mar, 2024
Survey! Public consultation about Interreg's future pos...

European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg) is a key European Union (EU) instrument, that strengthens cooperation between regions and countries within the EU and beyond. As part of the EU’s Cohesion Policy, Interreg plays a vital role in promoting regional development and reducing economic disparities. 

The purpose of the current survey is to foster an open and meaningful debate about Interreg's future, by collecting your thoughts, as Interreg NEXT Black Sea Basin Programme* stakeholders, or citizens living in the Black Sea Basin, about what currently works, what needs improvement, what is missing and how a brighter future for Interreg can be envisaged. 

Completing the survey will take about 10 minutes, depending on the variety of your insights in the different aspects of Interreg. The survey is split in two parts, independently accessible, depending if you are an organization, or a citizen. The consultation is available in English and we would appreciate your comments also in English.

We would also appreciate your support by forwarding this email to your team, partners or member organizations, in order to collect as many responses as possible and to cover as many relevant examples from all over the Black Sea Basin region.

Answer the survey, at the latest by 15th of April, 2024, by accessing the following link, and you stand a chance to win a backpack full of TECH promotional items🎁*:

The survey is opened until the 15th of April, 2024 and available at



If you have any queries concerning the survey, please contact us at blacksea-cbc@mdlpa.gov.ro.

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  • 15 Jan, 2024
Toural Project!


                                             Press Release 

New tourism models for the sustainable development of rural & remote areas

EU’s rural remote areas demonstrate a wide range of qualities, while facing unique challenges. A major challenge is the diversification of economic activities beyond the traditional agriculture-farming-forestry sectors, as enablers for stimulating economic growth. Evidently, tourism could become an anchor for the economic development of rural and remote areas. A new just approved EU funded project is going to address these types of challenges in the next 3 years.

Motivated by the above considerations, TOURAL focuses on cultural & creative tourism as drivers for sustainable development, paying at the same time a premium to the EU Tourism Transition Pathway requirements, within the context of smart multi-destination and multi-dimensional tourism offerings empowered by macro-regional tourism cooperation. TOURAL proposes a model to support the touristic development of participating rural regions, balancing the growth of their urban clusters with the untapped growth potential of their remote and rural cells. 

The project’s approach is multi-dimensional in terms of addressing complementary tourism verticals/niche sectors (underwater cultural & nature heritage tourism, cultural & creative tourism, cultural science tourism, silver tourism); participatory in terms of co-designing policy pathways and tourism offerings/services, co-creating business models and tourism products, and co-validating small-scale tourism services implementations; and integrated in terms of joint planning and business development with integrated value-chains, policymaking and cross-border cooperation, at macro-regions level. The scope of foreseen interventions includes 3 regions from the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region (Italy, Croatia, Greece), and 3 regions from the Black Sea Basin (Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine).

TOURAL will develop multidimensional models of tourism verticals driving the sustainable balanced growth among rural & remote grids and urban clusters of rural regions fostering macro-regional cooperation. The project is implemented in the framework of Horizon Europe Programme, while its total budget (funded by the European Union) amounts to 2.999.927€. Its duration is 36 months and consists of 20 partners coming from Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Croatia, Albania, France, Türkiye and Ukraine.


We invite you all to follow the Project’s social media accounts in order to be updated on its activities:

*Twitter: www.twitter.com/Touralproject 

* Instagram: www.instagram.com/touralproject/

* Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/101481925

* Facebook: www.facebook.com/touralproject

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  • 28 Nov, 2023

BSEC PERMIS is looking for individual experts for the implementation of the Black Sea Blue Economy Accelerator (https://bridgeblacksea.org/index.php/black-sea-accelerator) targeting Black Sea business opportunities.

Deadline for application: 5th December 2023 noon time (GMT+3).

We are launching a call for applications that target experts/consultants in the context of the “BRIDGE-BS: Advancing Black Sea Research and Innovation to Co-Develop Blue Growth within Resilient Ecosystems", H2020-funded project.

The call is open for experts with a proven expertise in terms of:

1) Support SMEs and solution providers in assessing and developing business strategies, as well as increasing their ability to successfully pitch towards international impact investors;

2) Understanding of Blue Economy, preferably in the context of the Black Sea and other EU sea basins, across the different sectors and activities covered by the Accelerator.

3) Although a strong international background and worldwide/international expertise is essential, any previous experience in working with blue economy and/or working in the Black Sea region would be welcome.

The contract, which will be in support of the BRIDGE-BS Accelerator team, will be for 6 months, starting from 7th of December 2023 and will allow work from distance (the expert/consultant could be based outside Istanbul). No travels are envisaged.


The tasks will include:


a) Business planning and business modelling

➢ Streamlining of business planning / business models;

➢ Exposure to good practices and concrete examples;

➢ Advanced advice for concrete issues identified.


b) Investment pitching and funding support 

➢ Understanding of investors’ expectations;

➢ Assessment and support of pitching abilities;

➢ Opportunities for concrete pitches and training.


c) Sectoral markets and technological aspects

➢ Further understanding of relevant market/technological aspects;

➢ Exposure to international good practices and concrete advices.


d)  Support a workshop with the BRIDGE partners to gather from them BRIDGE BS exploitable services/results or tools for business upscaling

Interested candidates must send their CVs and a detailed list of references to demonstrate their expertise on the above-mentioned topics to the following email: bsvkc@bsec-organization.org.

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  • 15 Nov, 2023
Save the date - European Maritime Day: Join EMD in Sven...

The 2024 edition of the European Maritime Day will take place in Svendborg, Denmark, on 30-31 May. Co-organised by the European Commission, the City of Svendborg and the Danish Maritime Authority, this fully-fledged physical event will feature inspiring high-level panels, attractive workshops, innovative pitching sessions, and an exhibition area.

To make the EMD2024 accessible to the widest audience possible, the opening and high-level sessions will be available via streaming to the remote participants.

For the first time, the EMD2024 edition will have on the programme the second annual event of the European Blue Forum, adding even more opportunities to exchange on challenges and opportunities in the EU sustainable blue economy sector.

With hundreds of years of maritime history and with constant involvement in the blue economy, Svendborg will be a great host of the EMD 2024, offering the participants plenty of opportunities to connect with peers, exchange views, showcase achievements and get up to speed with the latest policy developments in the maritime world.

The detailed programme of EMD 2024, the call for workshops, and for exhibitors will be announced closer to the date. Stay tuned!

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  • 30 Oct, 2023
Black Sea Stakeholder Conference 2023

Just in! Project Awards Registrations are extended until November 6th, 2023! Apply now! 

Extended Application Deadline

We are pleased to announce that we have extended the application deadline to provide you with more time to present your maritime achievements in the Black Sea region. The new deadline for applications is now November 6th, 2023.

This extension offers you the opportunity to make the most of this recognition platform and showcase your contributions to the success of the Black Sea's maritime sector. The application is easy and it will only take you a few minutes.

Eligibility and Evaluation

To participate in the Black Sea Project Awards, your project should meet specific criteria:

  • Projects must be implemented within the geographical area covered by the Black Sea Common Maritime Agenda, which includes Bulgaria, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Türkiye, and Ukraine.
  • Projects should have been initiated and/or completed within the 36 months leading up to the announcement of the call for applications.
  • Applications can be submitted by individuals or organizations that are project leaders or partners within the project consortium. This includes professionals, entrepreneurs, research institutions, maritime clusters, associations, and NGOs located in the Black Sea region.

Your applications will be rigorously evaluated by independent experts from the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism and the European Commission (DG MARE and CINEA). They will consider various factors, including the relevance of your project to the selected award categories, the degree of innovation, and its impact on social, environmental, and economic aspects, as well as transnational elements and potential for replication.

Honoring Excellence

The Black Sea Project Awards aim to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the maritime community by recognizing three outstanding projects, one from each award category. Winning projects will enjoy enhanced visibility through the CMA's digital platforms, media coverage, and a dedicated CMA Newsletter.

Furthermore, a "winner of winners" will be selected through a dynamic pitching competition at the award ceremony. This provides an additional opportunity for visibility and recognition. The selected projects will receive a special prize and the exclusive Black Sea Project Award Seal to incorporate into their communication and marketing materials.

The maritime community eagerly awaits the announcement of the winners at the Black Sea Project Award ceremony scheduled for November 22-23, 2023, in Bucharest, Romania. This event promises to be an excellent opportunity to showcase innovation, sustainability, and excellence in the Black Sea's sustainable blue economy.

For more information and to submit your application, please visit the following links and join us in celebrating maritime excellence in the Black Sea, and stay tuned for more updates as we continue this remarkable journey!


Date: 22/11/2023 - 23/11/2023

Venue: National Bank of Romania, 8 Doamnei Street, Bucharest 70421 Romania

Organiser: The Black Sea Assistance Mechanism & The Romanian CMA Presidency with the support of the European Commission CINEA/DG MARE

Registration: Apply Here

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