Summary of Monitoring the Violations of the Sanctions and the Occupied Territories Regime in October and November, 2016
The joint BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group has summed up the results of the daily monitoring of violations of sanctions and the regime of the occupied territory in the Crimea in October-November 2016.
The Ukrainian branch of Swiss company Risoil S. A. went public with a claim that Ukraine’s prosecutors were putting illegal pressure on it. On Feb. 7, the Security Service of Ukraine — in an apparent reference to Risoil — reported on its website that an international company seized three hectares of land worth $4 million that belonged to the state port in Chornomorsk, a city 495 kilometers south of Kyiv in Odesa Oblast.
Head of the Ukrainian delegation in BSEC Parliamentary Assembly Olena Netetska: "Black Sea region needs new ideas on collaboration" 1
From BSNews editorial staff: On February 20, 2013 the People's Deputy of Ukraine from one of the Crimean districts Olena Netetska headed the delegation of our country to the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly, and at the 41st General Assembly of the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly in Sophia on July 9 – 11, 2013 she was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly. BSNews has asked Ms. Netetska to share her thoughts and plans in the article for our edition.
Informall Business Group, specially for BSNews. In first half of 2013 Black Sea container terminals of Romania, Ukraine, Georgia and Bulgaria handled 1 275 356 TEU, including empties, but transshipment is not included. In this review all data is related to laden containers and general amount was 876 194 TEU. In result general growth in the region for laden containers for the first half of 2013 was 7,33%, comparing to the same period of 2012.
Informall Business Group, specially for BSNews. Last years container market of Georgia had the most rapid growth among other countries of the Black Sea and still has a space for further growth. Existing volumes of Georgian container market have significantly increased during last 5 years. In 2007 Georgian container market was only 8,8% of the Black Sea market but according to Informall forecasts in 2013 it shall be already 14,6%. Volumes increased from almost 200k TEU in 2008 to 357k TEU in 2012.
Joint Declaration of the Ministers Participating in the meeting of the Ministers in Charge of Economy of the BSEC Member States 1
Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, Mihail ROZENSHTEJN (photo), BSNews. The Meeting of the Ministers in charge of Economy of the BSEC Member States was held in Yalta, Ukraine, on 23 May 2013, under the Chairmanship-in-Office of Ukraine. The representatives of the Member States discussed and adopted a joint declaration. In the said document titled the “Joint Declaration of the Ministers Participating in the Meeting of the Ministers in charge of Economy of the BSEC Member States,” the Ministers declared their willingness to join efforts for the optimization of the economic, social, infrastructural, natural, scientific and technical potential for the creation of favorable conditions for integration in the Black Sea region.
Andrei KLIMENKO, Alexey SOLOVIEV, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BSNews. On March 8, 2013, being on visit to Istanbul on our "Black Sea" issues regarding our interaction with BSEC, we managed to interview Mr. Mehmet Baspinar, Vice President on “our region” in the head office of Turkish Airlines. We realized, that to make it into the head office of the largest airlines of the world is predeterminedly anything but simple. But ... Well, all told, just read.
Mitat CELIKPALA, Associate Professor at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. Energy competition in the Black Sea region, which was not in the spotlight in the post-2008 Russia- Georgia war period and was under the influence of the international financial crisis, has been showing signs of revival with the prospects of economic recovery and the signing of new agreements. For the last few years, Turkey has been trying to implement a comprehensive energy and foreign policy by considering alternative pipelines. This has not been an easy task for a transit country.
From the Black Sea to the White Sea or 2012: Spring or Winter of Tourism in Egypt? Part 1: Analytical.
Alexey SOLOVIEV, BSNews. Egypt has once again reiterated the truth of the axiom: tourism is one of the most profitable, interesting, but one of the most vulnerable businesses. It does not matter by what sea you live - Black, Red or White one -it is clear that reports of the world press about instability lead to the almost immediate decline of tourist flow, which starts to search for the new tourist destinations or return to the old, well-known ones...
Elena GNEDINA, Nicu POPESCU, Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, specially for BSNews. In this period, the EU undoubtedly developed and intensified its relations with most of its eastern neighbors, but has hardly managed to 'change' them or significantly alter the course of their development...
Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BlackSeaNews. The competitive situation in the Black Sea region makes the Crimea to answer the main question: in what segments of the travel industry it must "rush to catch up the run-away train", and where to look for new and ingenious ways of tourism development with due account of global trends ...
Illegal ship dumpings in the Black Sea according to the data of space imagery in September - October 2012/Investigation by ScanEX and BSNews
Andrei KLIMENKO, BSNews Chief Editor. «ScanEx» (Russian Federation) sent us results of satellite monitoring of the Black Sea in September-October, 2012, detecting large sized ship source slick pollution in the Russian and Ukrainian sectors. We added our own investigation results to our colleagues’ researchers...
Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BlackSeaNews. We based the following analysis of the current situation with competition in tourism in the Black Sea area on publications of the BSN news feeds. It is the authors’ opinion that some trends call the players of this market for significant adjustment of tourism policy - both in the Crimea, and in the region. Of course, if business can defer to the opinion of the experts :) ...
The new Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization - BSEC - in an exclusive interview with BSNews
Andrei KLIMENKO, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA (photo), Michael ROZENSHTEIN (photo), BSNews. This conversation took place in early October, when the Moldovan diplomat and historian, Professor Victor Tvircun has worked for the first three months as the Secretary General of BSEC. We took advantage of his profession in order to talk about the "historic risks" and historical perspectives for the Black Sea economies...
Andrei KLIMENKO, BlackSeaNews. 2 years have made us convinced: nowadays the sea ferries are, perhaps, the only one link that ties together all the Black Sea countries. Despite all the nuances and relationship problems:). We have been preparing a series of publications on the Black Sea ferries for a long time. So, this one is just the very beginning. We have not found anywhere a single comprehensive schedule for the Black Sea ferries, thus, decided to start compiling it ourselves. And with our readers’ help...
Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BlackSeaNews. For nearly 130 years tourist perception of the Crimea has been the naively usual and naively natural context of all the philistine concepts of its development... But six months ago, resorts and tourism have officially become number one priority of the new strategy of the Crimea ... What are the risks and what the Crimean government can rely on? What will turn out of this?
Ukrainian MAXI BRAZIL - the Black Sea mega-bulk carrier was loaded at port Yuzhny, passed through the Bosphoros, heading Suez / Maps / Photos
Andrei KLIMENKO, BSNews. September 17, 2012 mega-bulk carrier MAXI BRAZIL left the Black Sea for the Bosphorus, passed by Istanbul and put forth to the Marmara Sea heading Suez. The giant ship is likely to pass through the Suez Canal heading China with a cargo of iron-ore concentrate. See the exclusive photo report from Istanbul specially for BSNews
Forest in Yalta is on fire again. Forest fire at the time of Yalta rally near the Uchan-Su waterfall / PHOTO / VIDEO
Andrei Klimenko, BSNews. At about 07:15 (LT) September16, 2012 we noticed smoke in the hard-to-reach location at the foot of the rocky slope of the Ai-Petri Mount at the height of about 200 meters above the waterfall Ychan-Su. About 8:10 helicopter Mi-2 of Yalta mountain-forest preserve showed up above the seat of fire. At 9:42 Mi-8 helicopter of the Crimean branch of Ministry of Emergency of Ukraine arrived from Simferopol and made the first discharge of water onto the fire seat ...
Arthur NITSEVYCH, Managing Partner, «International Law Offices», Alex CHEBOTARENKO, Senior lawyer, «International Law Offices», especially for BlackSeaNews. Ukraine has adopted and published new Law on Sea Ports. What is worth emphasizing first as the most important about this Law is that a long-waited reform of a sea port legal status has been introduced in the long run...
Andrei KLIMENKO, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BlackSeaNews. In the past 20 years the Crimean economy «preferred» natural restructuring against the background of preservation of the big chemistry enterprises – a sheer market experiment... Spontaneity was especially evident in 2003-2008, when a massive market deviation occurred – land and construction businesses, which for the short period developed into main economic branches of the Crimea, by the present time have come to self-destruction ...
Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana Guchakova, BlackSeaNews .The structure of the Crimean economy, spontaneously formed by 2001and unchanged till nowadays , is the main challenge for the new team of the Crimean government. And it is not about reforming, but about the need to change radically and in a relatively short time an established, stably primitive and hopeless economic structure consisting of the post-Soviet leftovers with some individual market economy inclusions.
Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BlackSeaNews. The nature of economic processes in the Crimea was never determined by tourism. It is just a myth. First and foremost, in Soviet times the Crimea was a military base and the center of the instrument-making and ship-building intended for military purposes. Resort specialization was just a social program meant for the USSR population and its cost-effectiveness was not needed then, while now ...
Implications of the Global Crisis for the Black Sea Region. A Report by the Commission on the Black Sea (3)
BSNews editorial note. We continue to publish a series of reports of the Commission on the Black Sea which reassess the economic, social, regional political and military developments in the Black Sea region. This is a final part of the first report which provides a better understanding of the parameters of the economic developments in the Black Sea. Its author – Panayotis GAVRAS.
The Economic Transformation of the Black Sea Region. A Report by the Commission on the Black Sea (2)
BSNews editorial note. We continue to publish a series of reports of the Commission on the Black Sea which reassess the economic, social, regional political and military developments in the Black Sea region. This is a continuation of the first report which provides a better understanding of the parameters of the economic developments in the Black Sea. Its author – Panayotis GAVRAS.
The Current State of Economic Development in the Black Sea Region. A Report by the Commission on the Black Sea (1)
BSNews editorial note. We continue to publish a series of reports of the Commission on the Black Sea which reassess the economic, social, regional political and military developments in the Black Sea region. This report provides a better understanding of the parameters of the economic developments in the Black Sea. Its author – Panayotis GAVRAS.