Bridging Peoples, Bridging Countries

Resolution of 16th General Assembly meeting
June 20, 2017 Board Meetings

QUORUM FOR THE BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.

FOLLOWING THE COMPREHENSIVE DISCUSSION OF THE AGENDA, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS ADOPTED THE FOLLOWING DECISIONS:

QUESTION №1: Welcoming speech and report of the BSCSIF President Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev, regarding the two-year activity of the BSCSIF during his presidency.

RESOLUTION: The members of the International Foundation have expressed their gratitude to Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev for his two-year presidency in the organization and have approved the report. 

Voted – unanimously. 

QUESTION №2: Renaming of the BSCSIF. Report of the BSCSIF President Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev, BSCSIF Vice-president Mr. Viktor Khmarin and BSCSIF Vice-president Mr. Dimitar Kostov.

RESOLUTION: BSCSIF is renamed to «International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development». 

Voted – unanimously.

QUESTION №3: Discussion of the amendments and additions to the Statute of the BFCSIF. Report by the President of the International Foundation Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev and the lawyer of the International Foundation Mr. Roman Bradu 

RESOLUTION: The amendments and additions to the Statute have been approved. On this basis, the Statute of the International Foundation has been adopted.

Voted – unanimously.  

QUESTION № 4: Approval of the list of founders of the renamed organization. Report by the Vice-president of the International Foundation Mr. Dimitar Kostov, President of the International Foundation Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev and lawyer of the International Foundation Mr. Roman Bradu

RESOLUTION: The list of the founders of the International Foundation is approved. 

Voted – majority.  

QUESTION № 5: Election and approval of vice-presidents and members of the Board of Directors of the International Foundation in connection with its renaming. Report of the President of the International Foundation Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev.

RESOLUTION: Vice-presidents and members of the Board of Directors have been approved: Mr. Mikhail Zernov from Russian Federation and Stejarel Olaru from Romania. 

Voted unanimously.

QUESTION № 6: Report on the topic "Modern Challenges and Risks to Peace and Security". Adoption of the draft Istanbul Declaration of the International Foundation. Report by the Vice-president, Secretary General of the International Foundation professor Eldar Hasanov

RESOLUTION: Istanbul Declaration of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (the text is attached) has been adopted. It has been decided to distribute Declaration to all influent international organizations, including UN, EU, Europe Council, OSCE and OIC, government structures of the countries represented in the International Foundation as well as international and national NGOs.

Voted – unanimously.

QUESTION № 7: Appointment of the heads of the branches and representation offices of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, namely, Mr. Mikhail Zernov in Moscow, H.E. Zolani Mkiva in South Africa, Ms.Esma Sirbubalo in Balkans and Mr. Bahruz Asadbayli in Istanbul. Dissolving Brussels branch and opening of a new branch in Brussels, in accordance with the national legislation of Belgium. Sending a letter to Head of the Minsk Branch Mr.Vitalie Buzdugan with the aim of presentation of the report about the activities of the branch in accordance with the Statute of the International Foundation.

RESOLUTION: It has been decided 1) to approve the heads of the branches and representation offices of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development; 2) to dissolve Brussels branch and launch works for opening of a new Brussels branch; 3) to send a letter to Mr. Vitalie Buzdugan, head of the  Minsk branch with the aim of presentation of the detailed report about the activities of the branch in accordance with the Statute of the International Foundation.

Voted – unanimously.

QUESTION № 8: Research projects of the International Foundation, Report by Mr. Ismail Safi, Vice-President of the International Foundation

RESOLUTION: Decided to continue to pay special attention to the implementation of research projects, the involvement of experienced experts and specialists in the strategic studies of the International Fund, and actively conduct training and improvement of experts. Supported and voted unanimously.

QUESTION № 9: Report on the activities of the International Foundation’s Branch in the Republic of South Africa by H.R.H. Zolani Mkiva, member of the Board of Directors of the International Foundation

RESOLUTION: Gratitude has been expressed for creation and activities of the branch in Johannesburg, South Africa Republic and it has been decided to support the activities of the foundation in the region.

Voted – unanimously.

QUESTION № 10: Presentation by the Director of the Branch of International Foundation in the Russian Federation Mr. Mikhail Zernov on the International Forum of Public Diplomacy

RESOLUTION: Mr. M. Zernov has been thanked for sharing information on the International Forum of Public Diplomacy. The information has been taken into account. It has been decided to continue following activities of the Forum and consider possibility of synchronization of arranging the next meetings of the Board of Directors and General Assembly and International Forum of Public Diplomacy. 

Voted – unanimously.

QUESTION № 11: Presentation of the Mrs. Ekaterina Tishchenko on the implementation of the project "Community of Youth Leaders of the World" in the countries participating in the International Foundation

RESOLUTION: Participants of the meeting took into account the presentation and recommended to the members of the International Foundation to consider possibility of rendering support to the project. 

Voted – unanimously.


QUESTION № 12: Report by Ms. Leonela Lenes on "Multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world. The Romanian narrative on pluralism and diversity"

RESOLUTION: The participants of the meeting pointed out to the importance of researching various aspects of multiculturalism, highly appreciated the activities of Ms. L. Lenes and the Romanian branch of the International Foundation in preparation of the report and organization of the event on multiculturalism on June 8, 2017, in Parliament of Romania in Bucharest. 

Voted – unanimously.

QUESTION № 13: Creation of the international youth festival orchestra. Presentation by Mr. Chingiz Abdullaev

RESOLUTION: The project on creation of the international youth festival orchestra has been approved

Voted – unanimously.

QUESTION № 14: Transfer of the Chairmanship from Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) to Mr. Dimitar Kostov (Bulgaria) in accordance with the principle of rotation provided for by the Statute.

RESOLUTION: Mr. Dimitar Kostov has been approved as the President of the International Foundation for the next two years, in accordance with its Statute.

Voted – unanimously.

QUESTION № 15: Cooperation with International Peace Bureau (in French: Bureau International Permanent de la Paix), an international movement for peace, founded as a result of the International Peace Congress, held in Rome in 1891. Cooperation with the University of Peace with the Headquarter in Kosta-Rika, established in 1980 by the UN General Assembly under UN mandate.

RESOLUTION: It has been decided to conduct negotiations about strategic partnership with the International Peace Bureau and University of Peace under the leadership of Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors Mr. Ismail Safi, Vice-President and Secretary General Mr. Eldar Hasanov, Executive Director Ms. Elmira Uygun and Coordinator of Balkans Office Ms. Esma Sirbubalo. Inform the leadership of the International Foundation about the results. 

Voted - unanimously.

QUESTION № 16: Discussion on the venue of the next meeting of the Board of Directors and the General Assembly of the International Foundation

RESOLUTION: Instruct the Secretary General and Secretariat of the International Foundation to consider proposals for determining the venue of the next meeting in the city of Sofia, Bulgaria. Inform all Board members about the results.

Voted – unanimously.


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Resolution of 16th Board of Directors meeting
June 20, 2017 Board Meetings

QUORUM FOR THE BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.

FOLLOWING THE COMPREHENSIVE DISCUSSION OF THE AGENDA, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS ADOPTED THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS:

QUESTION № 1: Consideration of appeals and approval of new full-fledged members (physical and juridical persons) in BSCSIF

1. Ms. Nina Karelina (Russian Federation)

2. Mr. Vladimir Pligin (Russian Federation)

3. Mr. Drasko Lazovic (Montenegro)

4. Ms. Esma Sirbubalo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 

5. Ms. Ljubica Vasic (Serbia)

6. Mr. Kydyrali Darkhan Kuandikovich (Kazakhstan)

7. Ms. Rene-Elisabeta Iliescu (Romania)

RESOLUTION: The abovementioned nominees (physical and juridical persons) are approved as full members of the BSCSIF. Voted – unanimously. 

QUESTION № 2: Voting on the admission of the members of the BSCSIF (in full composition) to the newly established organization

RESOLUTION: The members of the BSCSIF are accepted en bloc into the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development.

Voted – unanimously.

QUESTION № 3: Resignation of the Secretary General of the International Foundation. Appointment of the Secretary General of the International Foundation in connection with its renaming.

RESOLUTION: Resignation of Prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov,   despite his strong request, has not been accepted by the members of the Board of Directors due to the fact that he exercised finely the duties of the Secretary General entrusted to him. Mr. Eldar Hasanov has been reelected and reappointed to the post of Secretary General.

Voted – unanimously.  

QUESTION № 4: Appointment of the Executive Director of the International Foundation in connection with its renaming.

Ms. Elmira Uygun has been appointed to the post of Executive Director of the International Foundation.

Voted – unanimously.  

QUESTION № 5: Appointment of the head and members of the Audit Committee of the International Foundation in connection with its renaming.

Mr. Bahruz Asadbayli has been appointed as a head of the Audit Committee, Ms. Marcela Curmei and Ms. Rene-Elisabeta Iliescu have been appointed as members of the committee. 

Voted – unanimously.  

QUESTION № 6: Bringing requisite details, symbols (logo, flag) and structure of the organization in accordance with its newly approved name. 

RESOLUTION: It was decided 1) to instruct the Secretariat, within the shortest  possible time, to prepare, coordinate and inform the members of the Board of Directors about the logo of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development 2) to request lawyer Mr. Roman Bradu immediately after the meeting, to launch, while maintaining continuity, registration procedure and bring into sync the corresponding documentation of the International Foundation for sustainable peace and development; 3) to instruct Secretariat and heads of branches of the International Foundation also to bring into sync documentations, stamps, letterforms and symbols of the organization with its changed name. 

Voted – unanimously.  

QUESTION № 7: Discussion of the results of the audit of the triennial financial activities of the BSCSIF and election of new members of the Audit Commission of the International Foundation. Report by the member of the International Foundation Mrs. Alev Balgi.

RESOLUTION: The results of the audit have been approved. It was decided to instruct the Executive Director and newly elected Audit Committee to strengthen control over financial activity of the International Foundations, including receipts and expenditures as intended, while President of the International Foundation Mr. Dimitar Kostov was entrusted with supervision over implementation of this decision. 

Voted - unanimously.



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16th Board of Directors and General Assembly Meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea
June 10, 2017 Board Meetings ,News

Press release,

Istanbul, 10th of June, 2017

On June 10th in Istanbul, Turkey the Meeting of the General Assembly and Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund) took place. 

 Honorable representatives, members of the Board of Directors from the countries in the International Fund, attended the event and discussed both strategic and organizational issues concerning the further development of the International Fund.

Meetings of the Board of Directors and the General Assembly were chaired by the President of the International Fund and the outstanding writer Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev, who made a report regarding the two-year activity of the BSCSIF during his presidency. The members of the International Fund have expressed their gratitude to Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev for his two-year presidency in the organization. 

At the meeting individuals and legal entities from different countries were admitted as new full members to the International Fund.

Eight years of successful activities of the International Fund, led to expansion of the ranks of the BSCSIF to which joined the intellectuals, famous and talented people from countries such as, for example, Estonia, South Africa, China, Switzerland, Greece, India, Montenegro. Thus, the activities of the International Fund geographically moved beyond the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. This process, against the background of increasing security threats and challenges in the world, even more actualized the significance and responsibility of the International Fund. From this perspective the members agreed in the previous sessions of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors upon the idea of changing the name of the BSCSIF in order to fully reflect the current objective reality. On this basis, in accordance with its Chapter, goals and objectives of the International Fund, BSCSIF, with due respect to its history and maintaining its continuity, has been renamed to «International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development» (IFSPD). 

 

Within this context, after a thorough discussion, the amendments and additions to the Statute of the International Foundation for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea have been approved.

The International Fund in its activities aims, inter alia, to contribute to international efforts in the fight against terrorism. The issue of counter-terrorism has been also reflected in the agenda of the Istanbul meeting of the International Foundation. Vice-president, Secretary General of the International Foundation professor Eldar Hasanov presented report entitled “Modern challenges and risks to peace and security” which has been followed by adoption of the Istanbul Declaration of the General Assembly of the IFSPD. It has been decided to distribute the text of the Declaration to all influential international organizations, including UN, EU, Europe Council, OSCE and OIC, government structures of the countries represented in the International Foundation as well as international and national NGOs.

 

During the meeting in Istanbul, heads of the branches and representation offices of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, namely, Mr. Mikhail Zernov in Moscow, H.R.H. Zolani Mkiva in South Africa, Ms. Esma Sirbubalo in Balkans and Mr. Bahruz Asadbayli in Istanbul have been elected. The Vice-Presidents have been elected, and members of the Board of Directors, the Secretary General and the Executive Director were also approved.

 

At the meeting it has been also decided to continue paying special attention to the implementation of research projects as one of the main activities of this think tank, involvement of experienced experts and specialists in the strategic studies of the IFSPD and training and improvement of experts. 

 

H.R.H. Zolani Mkiva has delivered a report on the activities of the International Foundation’s Branch in the Republic of South Africa and it has been decided to support the activities of the foundation in the region.

 

Also, reports have been presented by members of the Board of Directors on the role of youth and public diplomacy as well as multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world.

 

The participants of the meeting have decided to enter into negotiations to establish strategic partnership with the International Peace Bureau and University of Peace.

 

At the end of the meeting the Chairmanship in the International Foundation has been transferred from Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) to Mr. Dimitar Kostov (Bulgaria) in accordance with the principle of rotation provided for by its Statute.

  

At the meeting it has been also positively assessed the proposal to hold the next meeting of the Board of Directors in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

 

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea is an international non-governmental organization, founded on March 4, 2009 upon the initiative of outstanding scientific and public figures, well-known intellectuals, influential non-governmental organizations from 8 countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. In 2011-2015 representatives of other countries joined the Fund: Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Croatia, Iran, Albania, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, South Africa, the Republic of San Sao Tome and Principe, China, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary. In 2016, representatives from France and Italy joined the International Fund. The Central Office of the International Foundation is located in Bucharest. Its branches actively work in Istanbul, Moscow, Belgrade, Brussels, Varna, Minsk and Johannesburg.

In August 2013, the International Fund was awarded special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). The International Fund has also established cooperation with international organizations such as the OSCE, BSEC, PA BSEC, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union institutions, the European Centre for Policy, International Institute for Peace (Vienna), Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law.

 


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The Anniversary General Assembly and 12th Board Meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. Istanbul, Turkey
April 25, 2017 Board Meetings

On the 9th of March, 2014, the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) celebrated five years since its establishment.

The city of Istanbul hosted the General Assembly and 12th extended Board Meeting of the BSCSIF as well as the Awards Gala organized on the occasion of the Fund’s Anniversary. The events were attended by the BSCSIF full members and distinguished guests from the BSCSIF member countries, regional and international organizations, well-known think-tanks, with the purpose of strengthening  dialogue, peace and cooperation in the wider Black Sea region and worldwide.

Among the prominent invitees were Mr. Andrei Abramov, Head of the NGO Section/UNDESA (ECOSOC), Mr. Mustapha Sinaceur, Subregional Coordinator at FAO/UN, Mr. Mahir Aliyev, UNEP Regional Office for Europe, H.E. Emil Constantinescu, former President of Romania (1996-2000), Ms. Amanda Paul, European Policy Center (Brussels), Ambassador Arif Mammadov, OIC Permanent Observer to the EU, Mr. Thomas Grunert, Head of unit, Europe Enlargement and European Economic Area, Mr. Vuk Jeremić ,  President of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Alaattin Buyukkaya, Deputy Minister for EU Affairs,        Mr. Huseyin Avni Mutlu, Governor of Istanbul Province, ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Turkey, representatives of public authorities, non-governmental organizations and mass-media.

The agenda included topics of great significance for the region and the future of the organization, such as the constant enlargement and increasing the efficiency of the BSCSIF activity by signing new cooperation protocols with international organizations and think-tanks, enhancement of the regional economic cooperation, establishment of a common platform for implementing transnational joint projects. As well, a special attention during the Board Meeting was devoted to the active cooperation of the Fund within the UN Economic and Social Committee, European Policy Center, Eastern Partnership Program, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other international structures.

The work sessions were chaired by the BSCSIF President, Dr. Ismail Safi (Turkey), who also held the welcoming speech and presented the BSCSIF activity, objectives and strategy.

The 12th Board Meeting marked an important stage of acceptance of Mr. Wang Hexiang (China) as a new Board member and Vice-president and Mr. Vehalla Kankanamge Indika Jamindra (Sri Lanka) as a new Board member of BSCSIF. As well, new full members from the region and other countries outside the region were accepted in BSCSIF thus contributing to the development and enlargement of the Fund as an international organization. During the Board Meeting the new full members were accepted from the Republic of Estonia (Mr. Fred Kaasik), Czeck Republic (Ms. Julia Hrebenyk), Republic of Serbia (Mr. Dragan Vujovic, Mr. Dusan Stosic, Ms. Biserka Jevtimijevic), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mr. Zoran Puljic), Slovenia (Mr. Renato Krajnc), Macedonia (Sasko Staninov), Bulgaria (Mr. Yani Yanev, Mr. Philip Bokov) and Ivana Jovovic (Montenegro).

During the Anniversary Meeting the Fund signed new partnership agreements with the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (Serbia) and the Organization of Integration of Azerbaijani Youth to Europe (Azerbaijan).

An important decision on the enlargement of the Fund was adopted during the Board meeting regarding the establishment of a new BSCSIF branch in Minsk, Republic of Belarus.

On the occasion of the 5th Anniversary celebration of the Fund, during the Gala dinner, the awards were granted to the founders and personalities who supported the initiative of its creation and contributed to the development of the Fund’s activity during its existence. At the beginning of the ceremony the awards were granted to the President of Azerbaijan, H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev and President of Romania, H.E. Mr. Traian Basescu “for the initiative of creation and outstanding contribution to the BSCSIF activity”. On the occasion of the BSCSIF Anniversary, the congratulation message was transmitted on behalf of the President of Turkey, H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gül who underlined the strategic importance of the Fund and gave a positive evaluation of its activity and results achieved in five years.

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea is an international non-governmental organization, founded on the 4th of March, 2009, by distinguished representatives of civil society and public life from eight countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. Later on, representatives from 14 more countries have joined the Fund: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Iran,  Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe and during the last Board Meeting Czeck Republic and China.

The BSCSIF central office is located in Bucharest, and 6 branches actively operate in Brussels, Istanbul, Moscow, Belgrade, Varna and Minsk.

In August 2013, the BSCSIF was granted the Special Consultative Status within the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organizations (ECOSOC), an achievement highly appreciated by the BSCSIF members and strategic partners.

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The 15th Board of Directors and General Assembly Meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea
July 18, 2016 Board Meetings ,News

PRESS RELEASE

On June 17, 2016 in Bucharest, Romania was held the 15th meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly of the International Foundation for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund). Romania, representatives of which are among the founders of the International Fund and in the capital of which the organization was established seven years ago, extended its hospitality for members and guests of the organization.

Senior officials from Romania, honorable guests from the countries in the International Fund, representatives of influential international organizations, ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Romania, non-governmental organizations and the media attended the event.

Meetings of the Board of Directors and the General Assembly were chaired by the President of the International Fund and the outstanding writer Chingiz Abdullayev, who made a presentation on the activities of the International Fund for the past period and shared his vision on the future development of the organization.

At the meeting individuals and legal entities from different countries were admitted as new full members of the International Fund.

Participants of the event stressed a steady growth of the international authority of the organization, which demonstrates importance and effectiveness of the work of the International Fund.

At the meetings along with the topical issues related to development of the International Fund there were also discussions on the currently implemented and proposed research projects aimed at promoting peace, security and economic cooperation in the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.

The Board of Directors and the General Assembly reaffirmed that the International Fund in its activities, as it noted in its Charter, is guided by the norms and principles of international law, primarily those related to the respect of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of state borders. These principles constitute the values adherence to which is a foundation of lasting peace, security and stability in the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea and beyond its borders.

During the discussion of processes in the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea a particular interest sparked the presentation by Ismail Safi, a member of the Board of Director on “The efforts aimed at development of relations between Turkey and Russia”.

Mikhail Zernov, a Director of the Branch of the International Fund in the Russian Federation shared with the participants of the event the information on the first Forum “Russian world and the Turkic world in the context of the geopolitical challenges of the XXI century”.

All members of the General Assembly expressed support for the efforts of restoration and development of relations between Russia and Turkey.

Particular attention in the course of the meeting was paid to issues of economic cooperation between the countries of the Black and Caspian Seas. Notably, there was a presentation of the project entitled “Tourism as a factor of cooperation and rapprochement”.

It was also presented an international youth project «Global Emerging Leaders Community» which supposes engagement of the International Fund.

Eldar Hasanov, Secretary General of the International Fund, made a review of the important developments that take place in the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas including terrorism, migration, multiculturalism, silk road and, in this context, presented strategic research projects which are proposed for implementation by the International Fund. All members of the General Assembly expressed support for the proposed projects.

At the meeting it was also positively assessed the proposal to hold the next, 16th meeting of the Board of Directors in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea is an international non-governmental organization, founded on March 4, 2009 upon the initiative of outstanding scientific and public figures, well-known intellectuals, influential non-governmental organizations from 8 countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. In 2011-2015 representatives of other countries joined the Fund: Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Croatia, Iran, Albania, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, South Africa, the Republic of San Sao Tome and Principe, China, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary. In 2016, representatives from France and Italy joined the International Fund. The Central Office of the International Foundation is located in Bucharest. Its six branches actively work in Istanbul, Moscow, Belgrade, Varna, Minsk and Johannesburg. 

In August 2013, the International Fund was awarded special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). The International Fund has also established cooperation with international organizations such as the OSCE, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union institutions, the European Centre for Policy.

Bucharest, Romania

17 June 2016

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The 15th meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly of the BSCSIF
May 23, 2016 Board Meetings ,News

The 15th meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly of theInternational Fund for the cooperation and partnership of the Black sea and Caspian sea is scheduled to take place in Bucharest, the headquarters of the BSCSIF, on June 16-18, 2016 where (June 16- arrival, June 17- meeting, June 18-departure of participants).

At the meeting, in a traditionally friendly atmosphere characteristic to our organization,  current and strategic objectives related to the development of BSCSIF will be discussed.

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The 14th General Assembly and Board Meeting of the BSCSIF, Baku, Azerbaijan
May 23, 2015 Board Meetings

On May 23, 2015, the capital of the “Land of Fire”, Baku, hosted with the traditional hospitality the 14th Meeting of the General Assembly and Board of Directors of the International Fund for cooperation and partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (International Fund).

The event was attended by the distinguished guests from Azerbaijan, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, representatives from member countries of the International Fund, influential international organizations, ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Azerbaijan, non-governmental organizations and mass-media.

At the beginning of the meeting the participants honored with a minute of silence the memory of the victims of a terrible fire occurred in the city of Baku.

During the meeting the ceremony of the presidency transfer of the International Fund was held, by the principle of rotation, from the former President, Mr. Ismail Safi (Turkey) to the current one, Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan); the agenda also included topics of great significance for the region and the future of the organization, such as the constant and quality enlargement and increasing the efficiency of the International Fund activity by establishing cooperation with international organizations and strategic think-tanks and enhancement of the regional economic cooperation.

Guests focused their attention on the presentation of the research publication titled “Path to Reconciliation”, which was the result of an extensive research  project “The economic, social and political consequences of the protracted conflicts in the Black Sea-Caspian Sea region and the prospects for their settlement” realized by the group of young experts under the aegis of the International Fund -Julia Akhunova, Valentina Albu, Luiza Nita, Lilia Ovanesov, Orhan Mammadov, Tudor Cojocariu, Irmak Pool. The research was implemented with the participation of internationally recognized consultants -Adrian Severin, Scott Taylor and Iulian Chifu. The recommendations of the authors are based on the basic provisions of the universally recognized norms and principles of international law which are stipulated by the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, as well as by other resolutions and documents, namely the principles of territorial integrity, inviolability of borders and non-interference in the internal affairs of the state.

Working sessions were held by the President of the International Fund and famous writer, Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev, who delivered to the guests a welcome speech and a presentation on the strategy of further development of International Fund, and also by the Vice-President, Mr. Victor Khmarin, Mr. Ismail Safi and by the Secretary General, Mr. Eldar Hasanov.

During the meeting, the Board of Directors welcomed new members: individuals and legal persons from Turkey, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Malta. Two new members from Romania and Republic of Moldova were accepted in the Board of Directors. The issues regarding the opening of branches of the International Fund in South African Republic and Ukraine were also considered within the meeting.

There was also a presentation of the Global Fund of Resources for Development “Children of the Sun” and the International Peacekeeping Assembly “Birth of the World”, guided by Mr. Mihail Zernov and Mrs. Natalina Litvinova, deputy director of the International Fund’s branch in Russia, and President of the Global Fund of Resources for Development “Children of the Sun”, the initiative which was realized with the support of many members of the International Fund.

Her Royal Highness, Princess Dlamini Celenhle, briefed the guests of the meeting with the results of the Delphic Games in South Africa, which were organized in cooperation with the International Fund.

The most important event during the meeting was the adoption of the Baku Declaration of the International Fund, which aims to encourage states, international organizations and civil society to join efforts in the fight against global threats to peace, stability and security. The full text of the Declaration can be found in the Section Statements of our website.

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Letter of the BSCSIF expert to the European Comission
October 29, 2014 Board Meetings


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The 13th Board Meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea Minsk, Republic of Belarus
January 07, 2014 Board Meetings

On the 25th of October, 2014, the city of Minsk hosted the 13th Board Meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (BSCSIF).

The event was attended by the distinguished guests from the BSCSIF member countries, high officials from Belarus, representatives of regional and international organizations, ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Belarus, non-governmental organizations and mass-media.

The agenda included topics of great significance for the region and the future of the organization, such as the constant and quality enlargement and increasing the efficiency of the BSCSIF activity by establishing cooperation with international organizations and strategic think-tanks, enhancement of the regional economic cooperation, development and implementation of the industrial-innovations project in the city of Minsk. This project, which has attracted interest and found support at the highest level on behalf of the President of the Republic of Belarus HE Mr. Alexander Grigorievich Lukashenko, is one of the largest and most significant ideas of BSCSIF in the fields of science, research and innovation.

The work sessions were chaired by the BSCSIF President, Dr. Ismail Safi who also held the welcoming speech and presented the BSCSIF activity and the strategy for further development of the Fund, as well as by the BSCSIF Vice-Presidents Mr. Viktor Khmarin and Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev.

The 13th Board Meeting marked an important stage of acceptance of new Board members from Austria (Mr. Peter Stania) and Luxembourg (Ms. Ray Monde Philipps) in order to contribute to the development and enlargement of the Fund as an international organization within the European community. During the Board Meeting the new full members were accepted from the region and beyond: Switzerland (Mr. Jan Adamec), Greece (Mr. Dimitrios Triantaphyllou), Bulgaria (Mr. Zdravko Vassilev Popov), Russian Federation (Mr. Ismail Lepiyev) and juridical persons from Hungary (Oasis Hungary KFT), Montenegro (Celebic Group) and South Africa (Merit Group).

During the Board meeting, there was a presentation of the cultural project „Caress the World – a new way to cherish the planet”, held by Ms. Raymonde Philipps, future involvement of BSCSIF in the project with the aim of further strengthening of the intercultural relations within the countries from the Black Sea- Caspian Sea region.

As well, the participation of BSCSIF in the African Delphic Games Project, taking place in Durban, South Africa, on 22-29 November, 2014, was discussed by the Board members. The project is implemented by the National Delphic Council of South Africa in partnership with BSCSIF. The International Fund will contribute to the event by selecting internationally recognized artists, singers, painters and dancers that will bring added value to this important event. The Delphic Games is an international competition in the area of culture and art, held with the aim of strengthening fundamental human values, facilitating intercultural exchange and supporting international stability and peace.

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea is an international non-governmental organization, founded on the 4th of March, 2009, by distinguished representatives of civil society and public life from eight countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. Later on,  Later, in 2011-2014, representatives from 19 more countries joined BSCSIF, adding to a total of 27 countries: Russian Federation, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Croatia, Iran, Albania, Swiss Confederation, Republic of South Africa, Sao Tome and Principe, China, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Estonia, Czech Republic and Slovenia.  The BSCSIF central office is located in Bucharest, and 6 branches actively operate in Brussels, Istanbul, Moscow, Belgrade, Varna and Minsk.

In August 2013, the BSCSIF was granted the Special Consultative Status within the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organizations (ECOSOC), an achievement highly appreciated by the BSCSIF members and strategic partners.

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BSCSIF Gala Dinner in Brussels
June 19, 2013 Board Meetings

On June 19, 2013, the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) organized the Gala Dinner on the occasion of granting Awards 2012 to high-rank officials from the EU Institutions, and to BSCSIF member countries, which have distinguished themselves, according to international appraisals, by outstanding achievements in the areas currently important for the EU and extended Black Sea – Caspian Sea region.

More than 200 participants – European officials, diplomatic corps, representatives of civil society and mass-media – attended the event in the building of the European Parliament in Brussels.

The opening speech and presentation of the Fund was made by Mr. Marius Eugen Opran, the Director of the BSCSIF branch in Brussels, afterwards the award ceremony was officially opened by Mr. Akkan Suver, BSCSIF President.The awards were granted following the main directions of BSCSIF activity, such as economic and regional sustainable development; international peace, intercultural and interreligious dialogue; protection of cultural heritage; implementation of democratic reforms; significant progress on European integration; international cooperation in the area of energy; permanent support for ecology and environmental protection; modernization of educational and healthcare systems.

The 2012 BSCSIF Awards were granted to the distinguished personalities, as following:

  • Mr. Martin SCHULZ, the President of European Parliament, for his activity in strengthening the European Parliament’s role as a forum for democracy, and in contributing to a more united and integrated European Union as an economically strong, socially just, free and democratic home for all Europeans;
  • Mr. Johannes HAHN, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, for the vision to promote EU investments through dynamic initiatives and projects, with real social and economic benefits for EU citizens, and for the strategic decision encouraging Member States to incorporate Danube Strategy priorities in the new programs for Regional Policy 2014-2020;
  • Mr. Štefan FÜLE, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, for his leading role in the Enlargement Process and supporting the political association and economic integration into the EU of partner countries in the Eastern Neighbourhood;
  • Mr. Andris PIEBALGS, EU Commissioner for Development, for the contribution in modernizing aid policy and delivery mechanisms; leading the most important initiatives in the areas of the Millennium Development Goals, education, health, sustainable agriculture and energy; professional development of innovative financial instruments to leverage many-fold the effects of the aid of one of the world’s largest donors – European Union;
  • Mr. Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for Transport, for promoting transport services that truly benefit Europeans, making the best use of the EU infrastructure and developing policies and legislation that bring greater safety and security;
  • Mr. Dacian CIOLOS, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, for proposing a reform of the CAP that brings about a paradigm change in the EU’s agricultural policy; his central role in setting up the European Neighbourhood Partnership for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD); for designing and setting up the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability”;
  • Mr. Hans MARTENS, Chief Executive of European Policy Center in Brussels, for his activity covering various global aspects of economic and social life dedicated to build a bridge between EU institutions, companies, social partners, diplomatic world, regional and local Governments, as well as NGOs;
  • Mr. Sorin OPRESCU, Mayor of Bucharest Municipality, for regional and local development, for major achievements and realistic vision on local infrastructure development of Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, for the benefit of citizens;
  • Mrs. Rovana PLUMB, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Romania, for the achievements in implementing the EU policies and standards on Environment Protection, also the initiatives supporting the important role of Green Economy for Sustainable Development of Romania.

The 2012 BSCSIF Awards were also granted to the following BSCSIF countries:

  • AZERBAIJAN for contribution to international peace and security, as well as progress achieved in promotion of dialogue of civilizations, and for its active role and contribution to the development of new strategic regional energy corridors, including major investments in the field of energy resources;
  • GEORGIA for progress in the area of political stability, friendly and easy – to – do environment for foreign investments and reform of educational system;
  • REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA for European integration by the successful association to the 7 framework programme of the European community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013);
  • MONTENEGRO for ecology and environment protection, for protection of biodiversity and conservation of natural values;
  • TURKEY for performances in economic development, for maintaining and developing a strong and diversified free – market economy, for its role as energy connector between Caspian Sea area and Europe and for the permanent support granted to SME’s sector.The ceremony was closed by Mr. Gabriel Comanescu, extending gratitude to the distinguished nominants who have recieved awards and all guests participating in the event, the BSCSIF team and the Director of the Brussels branch. Mr. Comanescu expressed his strong belief that the organization he represents will always offer its support to the region, including civil society, business environment and governmental authorities.The event held in Brussels was aimed at rising interest of the European structures, international organizations, representatives of the private sector and civil society to the extended Black Sea – Caspian Sea region, as it became increasingly significant in the geo-political, geo-strategic and economic regard in the last years.
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The General Assembly and 10th Board Meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea
April 14, 2013 Board Meetings

n April 12, 2013, Istanbul kindly hosted the 10th Board Meeting and General Assembly of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (BSCSIF).

The meeting had an extended format, and due to the participation not only by the members of the Board of Directors, but also by the majority of BSCSIF full members, as well as distinguished guests from Turkey: representatives of public institutions, companies in the region and mass-media, the quorum for the General Assembly has been achieved.

The sessions were inaugurated by the welcoming speech of BSCSIF President, Mr. Victor Khmarin, representative of Russia in the frame of the organization. The BSCSIF Vice-President, Secretary General, Mr. Eldar Hasanov delivered a speech about the perspectives for further development and extension of the Fund.

In the course of the Board Meeting, the BSCSIF Presidency has been transferred, based on the rotation principle, from Mr. Viktor Khmarin, the Russian representative to Dr. Akkan Suver, representing Turkey.

One of the most important issues on the BSCSIF Agenda discussed at the Board meeting was the establishing of the International Centre for Support and Coordination of Economic Cooperation, headquartered in Istanbul, as far as Turkey represents an economic and geostrategic hub, linking the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, and on a large scale, Europe and Asia. This non-governmental organization has been established with the aim of developing the international economic cooperation and partnership among the countries of the Black Sea – Caspian Sea region, in order to provide support to physical and juridical persons in implementing their projects in such areas as economy, ecology, energy, transportation, medicine and health, security, science, education, innovation, culture and tourism. The Centre activity is directed towards contributing to the development of entrepreneurial activity in the region, covering the countries represented in BSCSIF, a more comprehensive integration of the regional economy into the world economic system, establishment of favorable conditions in order to strengthen foreign economic relations and improve the investment climate in the region.

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea is an international non-governmental organization, founded on the 4th of March, 2009, by distinguished representatives of civil society and public life from eight countries: Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Republic of Turkey and Ukraine. Later on, representatives from seven more countries have joined us, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Bulgaria, Montenegro, the Russian Federation, Republic of Serbia, and Switzerland. During the last Meeting held in Istanbul, the representatives of South Africa (His Royalty Mr. Zolani Mkiva, Mr. Zarko Taric), Croatia (Mr. Jasminko Umicevic) and Albania (Mr. Bahadir Aksoy) as well as from countries already represented in the Fund: Switzerland (Mr. Roger Widmer), Romania (Mr. Gabriel Comanescu), Kazakhstan (Mr. Bakhytbek Baiseitov), were accepted as Members of BSCSIF Board of Directors, along with new full members of the Fund.

The central office of BSCSIF is located in Bucharest, and four branches actively operate in Brussels, Istanbul, Moscow and Varna.

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The economic, social and political consequences of protracted conflicts in the Black Sea – Caspian Sea region and prospects for the conflict settlement
January 01, 2013 Board Meetings

Research Project “The economic, social and political consequences of protracted conflicts in the Black Sea – Caspian Sea region and prospects for the conflict settlement”

The ongoing research will highlight the main aspects regarding the impact of the conflicts from Nagorny-Karabakh, Transnistria,Abkhazia and South Ossetia on the countries from the region. The political background and evolution of each conflict, the international legal aspects regarding the current status of the secessionist regions, the economic consequences of the protracted conflicts in the region are some of the topics referred in this research.

The project started on the 1st of November 2012although preparations for the project implementation were carried out during the year.

This initiative is unique because of its specific approach and attempts to harmonize the interests of the conflicting parties by identifying the economic damage in the area affected by the conflict, as well as the social, political and economic prospects of the conflict settlement. In order to achieve the project goals, the BSCSIF researchers will collaborate with well-known scholars, experts and specialists in the field of conflict management.

The duration of the project is 6 months. Research trips of our team to the conflict areas are also planned as an essential part of the project, with the consent of the relevant structures of the countries involved in the conflicts, in order to collect real substantial data from the representatives of governmental structures, local authorities, as well as the representatives of local communities, residents, victims, refugees and internally displaced persons from occupied territories.

As a result of this project the research paper will be released, outlining the economic damages and social hardships in the areas affected by conflicts, as well as the social, political and economic prospects and recommendations for peaceful conflict resolution. At the end of the project, the final research paper will be presented at the final conference in Bucharest. The results of the research work will also be disseminated to various institutions, both governmental and non-governmental, on the national and international levels.

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Side by Side for the Black Sea- finalist at Gala Voluntarilor
April 29, 2012 Events ,Board Meetings

“Side by Side for the Black Sea” was among the five finalists for 2011’s Best Environmental Project award within Volunteer Gala in Romania. This was a nominee at national level along  the major projects undertaken last year in different fields of activity.

The SBS project was represented at the Volunteer’s Gala by the complete project team: Diana Ioana Calin (Project Manager), Liliana Coman (Assistant Manager), Natalia Ciobanu (Trainer) and Alice Farcas (Facilitator). The ceremony took  place at  Howard Johnson Hotel in Bucharest on 11th December 2011 and  marked the end of events organized in Romania under the European Year of Volunteering 2011 (AEV), and International Volunteer Day, celebrated every year on 5th of December.  For more info regarding SBS project, please see www.sbs-project.info.

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VIII SESSION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY
April 29, 2012 Board Meetings

On the 10-12th of April, the 8th Session of the Board of Directors of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

During the Board Meeting very actual issues have been discussed related to the objectives of the Fund, with particular emphasis on the strengthening of the economic cooperation of the BSCSIF member countries including the development of relations with business partners and encouraging individual initiatives, providing support and assistance in the expansion of the entrepreneurial activity in the Black sea – Caspian sea region, developing business projects, presentations and organizing meetings with public structures and private sector.  In this regard, new promising projects and proposals were presented by the Commission of Innovations and Investments, and among them the creation of a multi-purpose interactive platform in the countries of the region in order to centralize all existing opportunities for cooperation in the Black sea – Caspian sea region into a single database that will facilitate the implementation of the above-mentioned objectives.

Along with the discussion of economic issues, during the Board Meeting it was unanimously decided to accept the representatives of three new countries in the quality of members of the Board of Directors: Mr Vitalie Buzdugan (Belarus), Ms Ms Cenita Özgüner (the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Mr Ilija Kazic (Montenegro). Also it was decided to withdraw duties from Mr. Darko Tanaskovich, representing the Republic of Serbia and assign Ms Mirjana Prljevic as a member of the BSCSIF Board of Directors.

Within the Session new project ideas and present projects under implementation in the areas of economy, civil society, environmental protection and conflict studying were presented to the attention of the Board members. Following the example of the headquarters, it was decided to form the project team in every BSCSIF country, in order to collaborate and realize joint projects.

At the same period the 15th Eurasian Economic Summit was held in Istanbul under the auspices of the Marmara Group Foundation that was taking an active part within the BSCSIF Board Meeting.

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The 7th board meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partenership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea
August 20, 2011 Board Meetings

In the period, August, 19 – 20, 2011, the 7th Session of the Board of Directors of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) was held in Moscow, Russian Federation. During the Board Meeting very important and actual issues have been discussed: economic cooperation of the countries from the Black sea – Caspian sea region, intercultural dialogue, role and strengthening of religious tolerance, the establishment of the BSCSIF branch in Bulgaria, the organization of the conferences of mayors from capitals and large cities, as well as the conference of entrepreneurs from the countries of the region. Within the Session implemented and future projects, cooperation proposals were presented, and the statement on the Commission for Innovations and Investments was approved. On the occasion of passing over the presidency to Russian Federation, the BSCSIF President, Mr Viktor Khmarin held an official dinner, where participated the Ambassadors of the member countries, accredited to Russian Federation, and the representatives of international organizations – Council of Europe, OSCE, UN and EU .

For the 7th Board Session the second edition of the magazine “Dialogue of the Seas”, containing important topics, analytical and informational materials has been released.

At the official opening of the Session the BSCSIF diplomas were awarded for the merits in achieving goals and statutory objectives of the Fund. The representatives of Russian Government mass media also participated in the event.

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The 6th Board meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partenership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea
June 10, 2011 Board Meetings

The vice-president of BSCSIF, Dimitar Kostov and the Counselor of BSCSIF Secretary General, Felicia Scoarta, participated in the period of June,10-11, 2011 in the International Conference “The politics of EU Eastern enlargement”, which took place in Varna, Bulgaria. The conference, being the first cooperative project, was organized by Chernorizets Hrabar Free University of Varna in collaboration with the Diplomatic Institute of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Republic of Bulgaria and the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black sea and the Caspian sea.

Very actual and important topics were highlighted in the reports during the Conference: the politics of EU minorities, the problem of EU and NATO cooperation, energy security of Europe and Asia, the relations of EU and Persian Gulf states, the role of EU in resolving “frozen” conflicts, Nabucco Pipeline Project, the illegal emigration in the Black sea region, the cultural heritage of the Black sea region.

The scientific researchers from the most prestigious Bulgarian Universities took part in the Conference: Varna Free University (VFU), New Bulgarian University, Sophia University of Economics, Technical University of Sophia, Sophia State University and also the representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Republic of Bulgaria, Aylin Chukova.

The conference was opened by the welcoming speech of Emil Panushev, the Dean of the Faculty of International Economics and Administration, VFU, Pavel Pavlov, Vice-Rector for Research at VFU, Dimitar Kostov, the Vice-president of BSCSIF, Felicia Scoarta, – the Counselor of BSCSIF Secretary General and Emilia Paneva, the expert of the Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Republic of Bulgaria.
All the reports presented at the Conference will be included into the publications of Varna Free University, on the occasion of the International Conference.

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Inauguration of Black Sea-Caspian Sea International Fund
March 09, 2009 Board Meetings

The Black Sea and the Caspian Sea region includes a wide range of different cultures, religions and dynamic political views. From historical point of view, this region has always played a very significant role in the system of international relations. Today the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea area is becoming more and more important and interesting subject of research for many reasons. This region has a strategic importance for the transit of the energy sources and for international security, it is also a transport corridor between Asia and Europe. In the XXI century, when the modern world is searching for the alternative sources of energy, the region of the Caspian Sea represents a wealthy source of energetic resources.

With Romanian and Bulgarian integration in the EU, the European Union reaches the shores of the Black Sea, and will need protection of its interests in the region, which is extremely important for its security. For the last decade, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea area has witnessed many attempts to consolidate regional cooperation.

Therefore, in order to make contribution to the solving of the problems in this region and to develop strong and tight cooperation between the people and the countries of the Black and Caspian seas, scientific and intellectual representatives, scientific researchers and distinguished civil society representatives decided to establish new “International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea”, on the basis of a common idea of the President of Romania, Traian Basescu, and the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

The inauguration of the Foundation took place on 4th March 2009 at the National Military Centre in Bucharest. The opening ceremony was honored by the participation of the President of Romania, Mr. Traian Basescu, who described the new created Fund, as an organism that would be an alternative to the rigidity of the diplomatic relations at a high level in collaboration with the countries from the region. The founders of the Black Sea-Caspian Sea International Fund come from Romania, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Moldova and the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Fund calls to respect the norms and principles of the international law, especially the principle of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and the inviolability of borders of all states.

The Fund represents the common initiative for the realization of mutual understanding and trust, common action for strengthening of friendship and collaboration between the countries of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea region in the field of democratization, justice and human rights, economics, science, education, culture, environment, fight against terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking, fighting against addictions, poverty, in order to ultimately ensure an effective solid cooperation between the countries of the region.

The potential members willing to join the Fund are individuals and juridical persons who want to participate in the development and consolidation of the friendship, cooperation, mutual understanding and respect, between the people from the countries of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea region.

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