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Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)

Headquarters

Istanbul, Turkey

Web site

Short description

BSEC is a regional inter-governmental economic cooperation organization aimed at enhancing mutual respect and confidence, dialogue, and cooperation among its member states in a spirit of friendship and good neighbourliness.

Funding

BSEC members provide compulsory contributions to run its Secretariat, and voluntary contributions to its two project funds (BSEC Project Develop ment Fund and BSEC Hellenic Development Fund).

Notes
BSEC was created in 1992 by 11 founding members. Its Permanent International Secretariat was established in 1994 and its charter, adopted in 1998, entered into force in 1999. Serbia and Montenegro became the 12th member state in 2004. (After Montenegro became independent in 2006, Serbia’s membership has continued.) BSEC has 17 observers and 16 sectoral dialogue partners that include countries and organizations from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Membership

12 members (all UN member states)

  • Current members*: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: None
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

BSEC members represent:

  • 4 of 9 CIS members (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, and the Russian Federation are CIS members)
  • 3 of 27 EU members (Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania are EU members)
  • 4 of 4 GUAM members
  • 6 of 10 RACVIAC members (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey are BSEC members)
  • 7 of 13 SELEC members (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Romania,
    Serbia, and Turkey are BSEC members)

* Information accurate as of 21 June 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • Marina Naumova
  • Executive Manager

+90-212-229-63-30
+90-212-229-63-36
m.naumova@bsecorganization.org

PoA-related activities

Under its 1998 charter (which entered into force in 1999), BSEC members agreed to work together to, among other things, combat organized crime and the illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons, and radioactive materials (Article 4). BSEC members’ interior ministers have subsequently concluded numerous agreements and protocols to move this agenda forward. The 1998 Agreement on Cooperation in Combating Crime (which entered into force in 1999) makes explicit reference to cooperation to counter the ‘illicit trafficking in weapons’ and promotes the exchange of information among its members to address this concern (Articles 1 and 2). The 2002 Additional Protocol to the BSEC Agreement on Cooperation in Combating Crime established a ‘BSEC Network of Liaison Officers on Combating Crime’ (Article 1). The 2004 Additional Protocol on Combating Terrorism to the abovementioned agreement committed states to exchange information on ‘illicit trafficking of weapons, including ammunition’ (Article 5, para. g) and to cooperate closely to prevent, disclose, and suppress financial support for and delivery of weapons and ammunition (Article 6, para. f). The Working Group on Cooperation in Combating Crime in Particular in Its Organized Forms meets regularly to follow up on the implementation of the previously mentioned BSEC agreements and to foster regional cooperation in fighting organized crime. The working group has been preparing annual reviews on transnational crime trends in the BSEC region starting from 2009, which serve as valuable tools for BSEC policy-makers.

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs

None

Legally binding regional instruments

  • Charter of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (1998)
  • Agreement among the Governments of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Participating States on Cooperation in Combating Crime, in Particular in Its Organized Forms (1998)
  • Additional Protocol to the Agreement among the Governments of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Participating States on Cooperation in Combating Crime, in Particular in Its Organized Forms (2002)
  • Additional Protocol on Combating Terrorism to the Agreement among the Governments of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Participating States on Cooperation in Combating Crime, in Particular in Its Organized Forms (2004)

Other official documents of interest

  • Joint Statement Adopted at the Fifth Meeting of the Ministers of Internal Affairs/Public Order of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Member States (2002)
  • Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Interior/Public Order of the Member States of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) on Strengthening Cooperation in the Fight against Organized Crime, Corruption and Terrorism (2006)

   

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