Representatives of the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism and National Hubs of the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea attended the official Launch of the “Black Sea SRIA Implementation Plan: What is next for the Black Sea research and innovation cooperation?” on 4 May 2023, at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The event was hosted by MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu, with the participation of representatives from the European Commission, Black Sea countries, regional organisations, and the Black Sea Young Ambassadors.
The SRIA Implementation Plan was prepared by the Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action Black Sea (CONNECT) in consultation with national governments of the region, international and regional partners. It sets the foundational work for protecting unique marine habitats of the Black Sea, while supporting the sustainable development of sea-based sectors. It includes specifically designed research and innovation actions, to build vital support systems and innovative research infrastructure, actions to enhance education, and actions to develop and strengthen capacity.
The SRIA is the scientific pillar of the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea. As such, its Implementation Plan will contribute to addressing common priorities and objectives through strategic joint actions in the region.
The event provided a good opportunity to exchange with representatives from Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Türkiye and Ukraine, working regionally and collaborating with the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism to achieve the main objectives of the CMA.
Photo Credits: CMA, Black Sea CONNECT