Greek and Romanian regions were the initiative to set up geographical Commissions in the Balkans and the Black Sea area under the umbrella of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR). The two Commissions were set up in April 2000 and June 2001 respectively. In 2004, they decided to come together and to join forces.
The CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission (BBSRC) currently brings together 30 Regions from Greece, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Ukraine.
The objective of the Balkan and Black Sea Regional Commission is to encourage dialogue and cooperation between sub-state spheres of government. The aim is to constitute a lasting institutional framework to support the integration of these areas and improve their relations with the EU in the context of enlargement.
Strengthening interregional cooperation and developing joint projects in sectors such as transport, the environment and economic development are ways of helping to establish peace and stability in this part of the world.
The new objective 3 for cooperation, which is part of cohesion policy for the 2007-2013 period, should prove to be a suitable instrument to help these projects take form if it is given sufficient financial resources
The President of this Commission is Mr Pavlos DAMIANIDIS, Deputy Regional Governor of the Region of East Macedonia & Thrace (Anatoliki Makedonia kai Thraki). It is assisted by the CPRM General Secretariat based in Rennes.
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