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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.

23.09.2013 Full story

Black Sea Container market review: first half of 2013   1

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.

30.08.2013 Full story

Don’t write off the Russian Navy   1

Vladimir YEVSEYEV, director of the Center for Public Policy Research, Moscow, specially for BSNews. However, in mid-May, the Mediterranean force saw its status upgraded to being directly subordinate to the General Staff of the Russian Navy. On June 1, the formation, consisting of 16 warships, plus auxiliary vessels and three helicopters, commenced military duty under the command of the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleev.

08.07.2013 Full story

Potential of container market of Georgia   1

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.

30.06.2013 Full story

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.

03.06.2013 Full story

The South Caucasus countries and their security dimension   1

Eugene KOGANThe Center for International and European Studies (CIES), Istanbul. The two unresolved conflicts in the South Caucasus hang over Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia like the Sword of Damocles. As seen from every view point, Russia’s influence, levers and policy toward conflicts resolution remain the key issues. As long as Moscow maintains a status quo policy and keeps the outside actors at arm’s length from the region, the unresolved conflicts will continue to fester.

30.05.2013 Full story

Exclusive Istanbul interview with Turkish Airlines Vice-President Mehmet Baspinar    1

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.

04.04.2013 Full story

Turkey and the new energy politics of the Black Sea region   1

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.

25.02.2013 Full story

Transnistrian Conflict: State of Affairs and Prospects of Settlement   3

Natalya BELITSER, Kyiv, Ukraine. The ‘frozen’ situation of this conflict has essentially changed over the last couple of years. Therefore, in order to assess the new opportunities, but also risks and challenges linked to these changes, this paper addresses the background and the environment in which the conflict developed, and previous attempts of its resolution...

27.01.2013 Full story

The European Neighbourhood Policy's First Decade In The Eastern Neighborhood   

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...

23.01.2013 Full story

Kostyantyn Hryshchenko in interview with BSNews: «For the Black Sea region vision of the common future is important»    1

Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BSNews. On December 15, 2012 Istanbul hosted the 27th summit of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation, during which Ukraine formally accepted from Turkey the BSEC chairmanship.The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn HRYSHCHENKO gave an exclusive interview to BSNews before the summit’s opening ...

31.12.2012 Full story

Crimean Economy without myths (6). The Crimean tourism in the Black Sea context.    

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 ...

27.11.2012 Full story

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...

03.11.2012 Full story

Crimean economy without myths (5). The Black Sea competition in tourism from BSN.    

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 :) ...

03.11.2012 Full story

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...

30.10.2012 Full story

Crimean economy without myths ... about tourism (4) Exclusive from BlackSeaNews   

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?

01.10.2012 Full story

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 ...

16.09.2012 Full story

Law on Sea Ports of Ukraine: First Impressions   

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...

04.07.2012 Full story

Crimean economy without myths (3) Exclusive from BlackSeaNews   

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 ...

11.05.2012 Full story

Crimean economy without myths (2) Exclusive from BlackSeaNews    

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.

06.05.2012 Full story

Crimean economy without myths (1) Exclusive from BlackSeaNews    

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 ...

18.04.2012 Full story

The Democratization of the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly and the Implications for Conflict-resolution in the Wider Black Sea Region   

Dr. Carol WEAVER, Mukhtar HAJIZADA, CIES Policy Briefs №1 (Kadir Has University, Istanbul), special for BSNews. This Brief proposes a new idea of fully democratizing the BSEC. In order to bring about improved democracy, the Parliamentary Assembly of BSEC would have popular elections to its chamber...

31.01.2012 Full story

Black Sea Region: Evolution Of Geopolitical Change   

Alla YAZ'KOVAInstitute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Over the two decades that passed after the USSR break-up, the previously rather calm and in a way peripheral Black Sea region has become a crossroad of multifaceted contradictions and geopolitical competition...

17.01.2012 Full story

Black Sea Region Constitutes A Forward Stronghold Of The European And Global Fight Against «New» Threats   

Jakob HEDENSKOG, Defence Research Agency, Sweden.The Black Sea area is a region of great potential but also one beset with problems and risks. Due to its strategic location in the middle of Eurasia, control of the Black Sea region is of great geopolitical interest. For instance, the Black Sea region derives relevance from its position as a vital transit route, as an «energy corridor» between Europe and the Caspian Sea

14.01.2012 Full story

Crimean Peninsula Is A Fundamental Component Of Any Future Ukrainian Role In The Black Sea Region   

Dimitrios TRIANTAPHYLLOU, Center for International and European Studies, Turkey. There is no clear trend as to the direction the Black Sea Region is going towards today. The verdict is still out as to whether, in geopolitical terms, it is border region or a «‘bridge or buffer zone’, a ‘pivot’ that lies at the centre of a Mackinder-type ‘geopolitical heartland’».

11.01.2012 Full story

Black Sea: A New Analytical Framework Is Needed   

Valeri RATCHEV, Director, Political Cabinet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Bulgaria. Nine times out of ten the wider Black Sea area is pictured in security analyses as a cross-field of geopolitical regions («region-between-regions») in which prevailing players exercise different instruments of power with the intention to establish some kind of control – political, economic, and even military.

09.01.2012 Full story

The Black Sea Region Has Become The Place Of Collision Of Two World Outlooks: European And Neo-Soviet   

Tengiz PKHALADZE, Chairman, International Centre for Geopolitical Studies, Georgia. Razumkov Centre’s Roundtable. The Black Sea region instead of cooperation has been turned into the scene of geopolitical confrontation. The Russian Federation – after the World War II, the Black Sea was actually placed under the control of the Soviet empire. As the USSR successor, the Russian Federation is still enthralled by its old ambitions...

16.12.2011 Full story

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.

23.02.2011 Full story

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.

12.02.2011 Full story

On political and economic history of the Crimea during "zero years" of the 21st century (Part II)   

Andrei KLIMENKO, BSNews, translation from Russian by Alexey Soloviev, BSNews. The year has started, the one of the 20th year post-Soviet anniversaries of 1991-2011 and the Crimean anniversary of the referendum on re-establishment of the autonomy. 20 years, that’s really a lot of time. And through these notes your author wants to encourage the Crimean and non-Crimean intellectuals to think over the route...

04.02.2011 Full story

On political and economic history of the Crimea during "zero years" of the 21st century (Part I)   

Andrei KLIMENKO, BSNews, translation from Russian by Alexey Soloviev, BSNews. The year has started, the one of the 20th year post-Soviet anniversaries of 1991-2011 and the Crimean anniversary of the referendum on re-establishment of the autonomy. 20 years, that’s really a lot of time. And through these notes your author wants to encourage the Crimean and non-Crimean intellectuals to think over the route...

03.02.2011 Full story

European Parliament resolution on an EU Strategy for the Black Sea (2)   

Recalls that the Black Sea region needs active policies and long-lasting solutions to cope with the considerable regional and transnational challenges facing it, such as protracted conflicts, displaced populations, bilateral disputes, closed borders and strategic rivalries leading to militarisation and proliferation of arms, weak institutions and governance and the deterioration of democratic rule, border and movement management, and poor maritime security and safety;

31.01.2011 Full story

European Parliament resolution on an EU Strategy for the Black Sea (1)   

...Whereas the Black Sea Synergy (BSS) has had the merit of recognising the Black Sea region as strategic for the EU, together with the need for strengthened EU involvement in the area; whereas BSS results have so far been rather limited and no clear and comprehensive picture exists of the current implementation results of the BSS, exposing the EU to criticism that it lacks a strategic vision for the region and that it is applying a fragmented approach to implementation...

27.01.2011 Full story

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.

10.01.2011 Full story

The Crimea in the European dimension. View from the Ai-Petri (St Peter) Mount   

Andrei KLIMENKO, Tatyana GUCHAKOVA, BSNews. Unfortunately, a new engagement of the Crimea into the framework of interests of Europe is once again, as in 1853, connected with the war – the Russian-Georgian conflict, which started during the night of 7 to 8 August 2008. But this time the interest of Europe may give the Crimea a chance. Though the Crimea has already missed quite a number of opportunities...

25.12.2010 Full story

The Black Sea triangles: Is there a solution?   

Andrei KLIMENKO, BSNews. The end of June 2010. The conference "Triangle Ukraine-Romania-Moldova: ...” organized by the Odessabranch of the National Institute for Strategic Studies. It was there, when even the first, superficial glance at the almost unknown in the Crimea Trans-Dniester conflict developed into persistent image that the whole Black Sea coastline is dotted with identical, still different, but at the same time impalpably similar triangles of conflicts...

24.12.2010 Full story

A 2020 Vision for the Black Sea Region. A Report by the Commission on the Black Sea   

The Commission on the Black Sea, www.blackseacom.eu. The increased geopolitical volatility of the region has proven, time and again, that unresolved issues can ignite into open warfare. Its festering conflicts retard economic development and have the potential to flare up into wider conflagrations. While the opportunity to transfer Caspian oil and gas to European markets raises hopes for regional economic development and prosperity, competition to control pipelines, shipping lanes and transport routes to secure increased political and economic influence...

25.08.2010 Full story
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