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Sustainable development at the Black Sea

Project description

A Romanian view of sustainability in the Black Sea region

Situated in the geographic area of the lower Danube region and the western Black Sea, Romania is a country of strategic importance. The EU-funded SUST-BLACK project supported the official launch of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in the Black Sea region. This occurred within the framework of the Sustainable Development at the Black Sea Conference that took place under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in 2019 and that ended with the Bucharest Declaration on the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. The conference brought together policymakers, academics, NGOs and professionals aiming to establish a sustainable and innovative society in the Black Sea region focusing on the smart connection between Europe and Asia.


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.


Net EU contribution
€ 100 000,00
024053 Bucharest

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Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Bucureşti
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 100 000,00