“The Black Sea region is still not truly stable and there are still regional conflicts to overcome. The main task is to make the region stable through the development of different sectors – tourism, agriculture, economy. In order to do that, the good practices, established through the implementation of the Danube strategy since 2011, should be used”, said Arno Riedel, National coordinator for the Danube Strategy from the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria during the International conference “Role and significance of the Black Sea region and its connection with the Danube strategy”.
The two-day forum starts today in Albena resort and was opened by Mr. Radosvet Radev - Chairman of the Managing Board of Albena AD and member of the Management Board of BIA. In his address to the participants, he underlined the importance of the two regions – the Danube region and the Black Sea region, and noted that the forms of regional cooperation should be expanded with a focus on innovation.
The event is held under the aegis of the Ministry for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and is in memory of the Executive President of BIA Bojidar Danev, whose memory the participants commemorated with a minute’s silence.
The forum is organized by Bulgarian Industrial Association, Association of the Organizations of Bulgarian Employers and the European Economic and Social Committee. The goal of the forum is to accentuate the role and significance of the Black Sea region and to connect the priorities of the Bulgarian to the following Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU in regard to the policies for the Danube and Black Sea regions.
“The Danube strategy will be something like a portal for the development of the European economy. We think the potential is greater than what is currently being used. That is why it is very important to share valuable examples, achievements and experience in different projects”, said Milena Angelova, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee.