Opening Conference of MARSPLAN BS II Project

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The Opening Conference of MARSPLAN – BS II Project (Cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning for Black Sea – Bulgaria and Romania), was held at the Ramada Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria on the 10th October 2019. The project is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund under Grant Agreement for an action with multiple beneficiaries No EASME/EMFF/2018/ 1.2.1.5/01/SI2.806725. The project aims to support the coordination of both countries in the process of maritime spatial planning, as required by the European Directive 2014/89 /EU and to create a long-term mechanism for cross-border cooperation in the Black Sea basin. By the end of March 2021, Bulgaria and Romania are expected to submit their National Maritime Spatial Plans to the European Commission.

The International Conference was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Denitsa Nikolova, who noted that the elaboration and the adoption of maritime spatial plans for the Black Sea in Bulgaria and Romania will strike the right balance between economic interests in the water basin and its ecological protection.
The conference was attended by representatives of all partners’ organizations - Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration of Romania, National Center for Regional Development (Bulgaria), National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa" (INCDM - Romania), National Institute for Research and Development on marine geology and geoecology (GeoEcoMar - Romania), Center for Coastal and Marine Studies (Varna, Bulgaria) Ovidius University of Constanţa (UOC - Romania), Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (Varna, Bulgaria), as well as representatives of the Project Coordinator who hosted the conference – the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria.
The project aims to unite the efforts of all stakeholders, including at transboundary level, as well as to attract businesses to harness marine resources and develop Black Sea potential in a harmonious way. The huge geographical importance of the Black Sea is estimated as an important eastern gateway to Europe. The maritime borders have so far been linked to the division into one territory. The implementation of this project will allow to build a natural bridge between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East - an important transport corridor, a cultural center, a region with social, economic and political prerequisites.
“The project MARSPLAN – BS II Project Cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning for Black Sea – Bulgaria and Romania is important for the whole Black Sea basin, to ensure links between EU Member States and non-member countries". This was commented during the conference by Mr. Juan RONCO ZAPATERO from DG MARE of the EC. According to him, the project is also considered in a broader, global perspective, in the context of the UNО Sustainable Development Goals, which affect life in the oceans and seas and the need to care for living organisms in them". The EU is an example in this direction. 23 Union Member States are currently developing or have adopted such marine spatial plans", he said.
Тhe International Conference was attended by Mr. Juan RONCO ZAPATERO, DG MARE, EC, Mr. Mamuka GVILAVA, ICZM National Focal Point for Georgia, member of Advisory Board, Ms. Irina MAKARENKO, BSC, member of Advisory Board, Ms. Rositsa STOEVA, Executive Manager, BSEC, member of Advisory Board, Mr. Emiliano RAMIERI - еxpert in Maritime Spatial Planning for the Mediterranean sea, Mr. Jacek ZAUCHA - for the Baltic Sea, as well as marine environmental experts who had sent significant messages and shared their experiences to the Conference.

Presentations during the conference:

  1. Mr. Bogdan-Andrei GHINEA, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (Ro) - Cross-Border Maritime Spatial Plan for the Black-Sea – Romania and Bulgaria MARSLAN – BS (Sept. 2015 – Feb. 2018) - Main Achievements & Lessons Learned;
  2. Ms. Maria Georgieva, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (Bg) - MARSPLAN – BS II project follow-up – project partnership, main objectives, expected results, work plan;
  3. Ms. Margarita Stancheva, CCMS, First draft of Synthesis Report on Maritime Uses, LSI and MUs in transboundary context (part I);
  4. Ms. Margarita Stancheva, CCMS, First draft of Synthesis Report on Maritime Uses, LSI and MUs in transboundary context (part II);
  5. Mr. Emiliano Ramieri - Member of the Advisory Board of MARSPLAN – BS II project - MSP in the Mediterranean Sea.

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