More than 100 participants attend Black Sea NGO Forum

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The third edition of the Black Sea Non-Governmental Organisations Forum that began in the coastal resort of Mamaia, the southeastern Constanta county on Thursday gathers more than one hundred participants, who will hold debates on Investing in Our Common Future till Saturday.

The event is staged by the Federation of Development Non-Governmental Organisations from Romania, with the support from the Romanian Foreign Ministry, the European Commission Resident Office in Romania and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation. Attending the event are representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, the Republic of Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Romania.

Romanian Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary Anton Niculescu in an opening address underscored the interest of the tackled topics for ‘the community, the central and local administrations and the civil society organisations’ as well as the importance of the experience swap and of strengthening the cooperation between the NGOs in order to ‘achieve the goals set for the future’.

According to the organisers, the Forum seeks to debate the situation of the cooperation on the European Union’s Eastern border, three years since the launch of the first European initiative for Black Sea cooperation. ‘The goal of this project is to meet the challenges in the Black Sea region, with all the local organisations and players…

We, the European Union, are the promoters of strengthened civil society organisations’, the chief of the European Commission Resident Office in Romania Nicolae Idu said. He added the current Forum enjoys the Commission’s support for strengthening the general efforts for the region’s development.
‘The Black Sea area programmes, such as, for example, the cooperation programme between Romania and Moldova were backed by European funds. We’ll try to make a proposal for more funds, so that the Black Sea countries be included in such cooperation programmes’, Idu announced.

By this Forum, the organisers have planned to intensify the dialogue and coordination among non-governmental organisations as well as to strengthen their advocacy capacity with a view to influencing development strategies in the region.
The event also includes a programme devoted to the interaction of governmental players, international institutions and NGOs with a view to identifying joint solutions to the local and regional questions, to creating partnerships, sharing regional assessments and experiences as well as presenting the donors’ programmes.
This year’s Forum will lay special emphasis on the examples of good practices and the initiatives to cooperate in the region, the Romanian Foreign Ministry said in a release.

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