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“We shall decide to work together, to give opportunities to our citizens so that we can create prospects for the future.” This is what Mrs. Kalogirou stressed while opening the General Assembly of the Balkan and Black Sea Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) on the 30th and 31st of May in Istanbul.
The Governor of North Aegean chaired the meeting which was attended by senior officials from the European Commission, the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), the European Investment Bank and Regions’ representatives from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and Georgia.
Mrs. Kalogirou highlighted that “we have the tools and the expertise to transform the wider area of the Black Sea into a powerful attraction for Europe. We can do a lot together: in tourism, transport, blue growth, economic and social cohesion, interregional cooperation and the environment. Financial tools are always available to support such actions and initiaves as long as we are clear in our objectives and priorities.”
Mrs. Kalogirou specifically mentioned the need to rationalize port charges to make feasible the link between Mytiline, Izmir and Thessaloniki which will offer opportunities and possibilities to all sides.
Participation in the CPMR and particularly in the Balkan and Black Sea Commission provides the North Aegean Region with the opportunity to exploit the expertise and the strong networking they offer across Europe while being an institutional and credible interlocutor of the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Finally, she noted that “the role of policies in the regional government should be to find solutions for common problems and create new opportunities for cooperation. We must work in this direction always-of course- with respect to international law and European values.”
On the sidelines of the General Assembly, the Governor of North Aegean discussed the prospects for cooperation within the framework of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and had bilateral meetings with representatives from economic bodies from Turkey, Bulgaria and Ukraine.