ICBSS Events 2013

>On Wednesday 2 October 2013, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, ICBSS Director General, gave an interview to Mr. Balabey Suleymanli of the Caspian Broadcasting Company of Azerbaijan, about regional developments and the role of ICBSS (ICBSS HQ, Athens, Greece).

>On 9 July 2013, ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, participated in the Plenary Session of the General Assembly of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC).

The 41st General Assembly of PABSEC was held in Sofia, on 9-11 July 2013, within the framework of the Bulgarian Chairmanship of PABSEC. It was attended by the delegations of twelve member states, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr. Jean-Claude Mignon, and representatives of the European Parliament and other European institutions.

This year’s agenda of the Plenary Session entitled “Tourism as an important factor of economic growth and cooperation in the BSEC region” addressed the touristic potential of the Black Sea region, as well as the prospects for further development of interstate cooperation.

On the occasion of the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of PABSEC, ICBSS was awarded a prize for the excellent cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly. Dr. Zefi Dimadama accepted this honourable award on behalf of the ICBSS.

> On 6 June 2013, Ms. Ekaterini Sidiropoulou-Papakosta, PABSEC Vice President in charge of Financial Matters and Member of the Hellenic Parliament met with ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama. They explored the possibility of organizing a Joint Celebratory Event, in Athens, in October, with the participation of BSEC Member States, Stakeholders, Entrepreneurs, Policy-makers and Academicians from the wider Black Sea region, with a view to enhancing further the role of BSEC in the Black Sea region.

> Armenian Atlantic Association (AAA) together with its youth branch Armenian Youth Atlantic Association (AYAA) hosted a youth conference “The Black Sea Region:  Bringing future decision makers together in the changing world”, in Yerevan, on 14-15 March, 2013. The ICBSS was media sponsor of the event.

> On 12 February 2013, ICBSS Director General, Dr. Zefi Dimadama, had a meeting with Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Head of the ESA Policies Dept. in the European Space Agency and Dr. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou, Director of the European Institute of Law, Science and Technology (EILST), an affiliated Institute to the ICBSS.

During their meeting, they discussed the environmental impact of climate change in relation to the progression of space policies of the ESA Member-States, as well as the recent developments on the Hellenic presence in outer space.

Moreover, Dr. Avgerinopoulou and Dr. Dimadama explored the possibility of joint cooperation in the near future, on environmental awareness and the impact of climate change in the South East Europe.

At a special session on Wednesday 13 February 2013, Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl addressed the Permanent Committee on Environmental Protection of the Hellenic Parliament.

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