The objective of the Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission is to encourage dialogue and cooperation between sub-state spheres of government in the wider Balkan and Black Sea area. It constitutes a lasting institutional framework to support the integration of these areas and improve their relations with the EU in the context of enlargement. It contributes towards peace and stability in the area, promotes regionalisation and encourages the application of the principles of subsidiary and complementarity between the local, regional, national and European Institutional levels.
It also acts as a bridge between programmes and strategies implemented by the EU and activities developed by other networks and institutions in the region, like the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).
It is project-oriented, encouraging and helping the member regions to implement transnational cooperation projects, with the support of dedicated and focussed working groups, and - when relevant - of EU funding. The BBSRC is significant arena for actions conducive of exchanges of good practices. The exchange of views and good practices provide members with fruitful outcomes thanks to the various political and technical meetings, set up within the organisation, which can largely enrich member’s regional strategies.
The EU Cohesion Policy for 2014 – 2020 includes a number of territorial cooperation programmes which are of relevance to regions located on the Balkans and Black Sea. These include for instance Black Sea Basin ENI CBC 2014-2020 and the Transnational Cooperation Programmes of the period 2014-2020: Balkan-Mediterranean, Danube, and Adriatic-Ionian.
Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)
The European Council, met on 23-34 October 2014, endorsed the EUSAIR and called on all relevant actors to implement it without delay, as outlined in the Council conclusions of 29 September 2014.
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