BSEC-EU Cooperation

Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea

The Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea (CMA) is a sea basin initiative that aims at supporting regional cooperation for a more sustainable Blue Economy in the Black Sea and it is developed in the broader framework of the Black Sea Strategy. Republic of Bulgaria, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Republic of Turkey and Ukraine, all BSEC Member States, are the participating countries.

The CMA is a unique framework of regional cooperation on the Blue Economy and it was endorsed on 21 May 2019 at Ministerial level. It is complemented by its scientific pillar, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea (SRIA), supported by the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (DG RTD).

The CMA sets 3 goals - 1. Healthy marine ecosystems; 2. Innovative Blue Economy; 3. Investment – and 10 priorities further declined into actions.

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the EU Commission (DG MARE) accompanies the process as a full member of the Steering Group, where each of the seven countries is represented, while the political coordination is ensured by Ministerial meetings.

The CMA implementation started in 2020. The Republic of Bulgaria was the first coordinator of the CMA and managed to host four meetings of the CMA Steering Group (on 10 February in Sofia and three online meetings on 26 June, 9 October and 15 December 2020). The Bulgarian coordination hosted also the first ever Regional Stakeholders Conference after the CMA endorsement on 10 December and a Ministerial Meeting on 11 December 2020. The Republic of Turkey took over the CMA coordination for 2021.

The Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the Permanent Secretariat of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (BSC) are consultative bodies of the CMA Steering Group. The Secretariat of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR) and the Managing Authority of the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin are CMA observers.

 

Ministerial Declaration on the COMMON MARITIME AGENDA FOR THE BLACK SEA

Annex 1 - Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea

Annex 2 - CMA implementation