Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
Press release on the results of the 37th Meeting of the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs
On December 15, the 37th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) was held in Kiev, concluding Ukraine’s BSEC chairmanship.
Unfortunately, during the previous six months and at the BSEC meeting, Ukraine was unable to prevent the BSEC dialogue from politicising. On the contrary, there were cases of abuse of the role of chairmanship, violations of regulations and problems over organisational issues. Ukraine constantly tried to introduce anti-Russian lines of argument into the dialogue as well drawing delegations into discussions untypical for the BSEC. These efforts were opposed by Russia.
As a result, BSEC member countries managed to focus on the issues that are part of the organisation’s mandate. In particular, the participants exchanged opinions on prospects for cooperation between the region’s countries and ways of stepping up project activity and reforming the organisation. Topics discussed also included: the outcome of the meeting held by ministers of transport, the sessions of the working groups on trade and economic cooperation, protection of the environment, small and medium-sized businesses, science and technology, agriculture and the agro-industrial sector and on countering organised crime as well as other events that took place during the last six months of this year.
Armenia has taken over the BSEC chairmanship for the period from January to June 2018.