It was an excellent opportunity that the Burgas Vision Paper was launched during the European Maritime Day, which was organised for the first time in a Black Sea country. It is also very relevant that the Ministerial Declaration towards a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea, signed in Burgas, mentions and emphasises your work as a key priority.
As we agreed in Burgas, this is only a milestone towards developing a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for the Black Sea basin. I would like to remind you the next milestones that we agreed together during our last meeting in Burgas:
We will, of course, continue to work together in between these meetings. Based on the text of the Burgas Vision Paper, we invite each of you to consult your national Black Sea stakeholders as broadly as possible, to make sure that the final product of our work truly reflects your needs. We will work together with the METU team to propose some guidelines for the consultation within your national networks and communities.
Please find attached, for your records, the Ministerial Declaration and the Burgas Vision Paper.
On behalf of the DG RTD and DG MARE Teams
Head of Unit
F4 – Marine Resources
DG Research & Innovation