ICBSS - International Centre for Black Sea Studies
The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organisation. It has since fulfilled a dual function. On the one hand, it is an independent research and training institution focusing on the wider Black Sea region. On the other hand, it is a related body of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and serves as its acknowledged think-tank. Thus the ICBSS is a uniquely positioned expert on the Black Sea area and its regional cooperation dynamics. Our aims Through all its activities, the ICBSS aims to foster multilateral cooperation among the BSEC member states as well as with their international partners. As an independent research and training centre the ICBSS strives:
To pursue applied, policy-oriented research, build capacity and promote knowledge on the Black Sea region both within and outside its boundaries. As a related body of the BSEC its goal is: To fulfill in the best possible way its institutional role and the assignments received by carrying out studies, offering policy advice and coordinating activities.
The ICBSS regularly reviews its practices and procedures with a view to enhancing the impact of its activities and achieving greater efficiency. WHAT WE DO The ICBSS is a proactive member of the BSEC institutional family and participates in the deliberations of the BSEC decision-making, related, and subsidiary bodies, mainly in a consultative role. Upon specific mandates the ICBSS drafts policy documents (ministerial declarations, action plans, background papers), coordinates the work of ad hoc Groups of Experts and is actively involved in permanent BSEC Working Groups.
The ICBSS regularly reports on these activities to the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. As an independent research and training institution, the ICBSS exploits synergies with its institutional role and develops complementary activities, including the elaboration and publication of research papers and studies, the organisation of a variety of scientific events, the management of research projects on a contract basis, as well as networking activities. The ICBSS currently concentrates on BSEC-EU interaction, good governance and institutional renewal, energy, science and technology, and security and stability in the wider Black Sea area.See more