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  • BLACK SEA ECONOMIC COOPERATION - International organisations - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    relevant EU bodies concerning the possible funding of general studies feasibility safety etc of the entire alignment It was found important to extend the BSRH main route from Yerevan to the borders with Iran and draw a connection to the border with Turkey as well as to foresee the relevant alignments connecting the main route with the sea ports The IRU s Model Highway Initiative financed by the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank is considered as an integral part of the Black Sea Ring Highway Upon the relevant proposal the IRU has been invited to consider the possibility to expand the Model to the territories of all the BSEC Member States Within the scope of the MoU on Development of the Motorways of the Sea at the BSEC Region the Terms of Reference of the Experts Correspondence Network has been adopted and the long standing issue on the location of the Joint Technical Secretariat of the ad hoc Working Group on the Development of the Motorways of the Sea has been resolved The Group is making efforts to activate the operation of the Network as an important institutional tool for elaboration of the Master Plan on the Development of the Motorways of the Sea in the BSEC Region There have been project proposals on the BSEC Ports BSEC MoS Hotline BSEC Marlink and others within the MOU on Development of the Motorways of the Sea at the BSEC Region Armenia proposed to foresee usage of dry ports in the MoS Concept to be elaborated by the Group referring to the UNESCAP Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports The issue could be considered by the Task Force on the Development of Intermodal Transport as the dry ports require multimodal transportation The Group will further elaborate on the Draft Memoranda of Understanding on the Development of Multimodal Ferry Lines in the Black Sea Region presented by Russia and on cooperation between BSEC and the International Union of Railways There has been no consensus among the Member States with respect to the prospects of cooperation in field of civil aviation The Action Plans the Working Programs and other operational mechanisms within the Working Group comprise also the issue on enhanced cooperation with international including those of transport related organizations The issue on elaborating an Integrated Maritime Policy in the Field of Maritime Transport Ports Shipbuilding and Shipreparaing in the Region has been broght to the consultations with the European Commission since such a policy had already been elaborated within EU BSEC is cooperating with UNECE within the framework of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 2020 and particularly within the UNECE BSEC Pilot Project on Readiness Assessment for the Implementation of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 2020 in the BSEC Region There is an understanding between BSEC and TRACECA on enhancing cooperation within the scope of the signed MoU The BSEC PERMIS has been in consultations with the Secretariat of the International Maritime Organization IMO for the development of cooperation between BSEC and IMO in particular undertaking joint projects The Group is making efforts to cooperate with UNECE on the implementation of the Annex 8 to the UN International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods 1982 and to encourage the BSEC participation in the UNECE activites BSEC is coordinating closely with the Organization s transport Sectoral Dialogue Partners BRASS BINSA BASPA BSEC URTA and IRU There has been a proposal to organize a joint Meeting of the Working Groups on Transport Trade and Customs Affairs Since 2001 a number of joint statements and declarations have been adopted on prospective of cooperation in the field of transport The Declaration titled Towards secure coherent and efficient transport system in the Black Sea Region adopted in October 2011 by the BSEC Transport Ministers stated commitment by the Ministers to undertake steps towards securing safe and efficient transport links and facilitating the border crossing procedures The Ministerial meetings held in November 2012 and in May 2013 where the joint declarations were adopted addressed the issue on further enhancement of cooperation in the field on the basis of priorities defined in the BSEC Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership On 16 April 2014 in Sofia and on 25 November 2014 in Thessaloniki the Joint Ministerial Declarations on Greening Transport in the BSEC Region titled Through enhanced BSEC regional co operation towards a safe and sustainable transport and on Integrated intermodal and logistics solutions in the BSEC Region respectively were adopted The Joint Declaration on Transport Facilitation Paving the Way to Trade and Development in the BSEC Region was adopted by Ministers in Chisinau on 14 May 2015 Energy Country Coordinator Russian Federation 1 July 2015 30 June 2017 The BSEC Working Group on Energy has been elaborating on the possibility of establishing an integrated energy market in the BSEC Region The Draft Outline of the BSEC Strategy on Energy till 2020 and the Regional Energy Study elaborated by the BSEC International Center for Black Sea Studies ICBSS as well as the issues on development of electrical interconnection among the Member States and exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons resources of the Black Sea also remain on the agenda In implemention of the Sofia Declaration on the Establishment of an Integrated Black Sea Energy Market January 2010 a draft Memorandum of Intent has been developed in cooperation with the BSEC Related Bodies and international organizations defining in particular the general and specific goals of establishing a BSEC regional energy market the concept of a BSEC regional energy market a mechanism for implementation and monitoring with the aim to advance towards the goals defined in the MoI This long term process is still going on to identify concrete projects which could attract the active involvement of the private sector particularly in the fields of electrical interconnection and exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons resources and to explore possibilities of adequate financing schemes by national and international institutions One of the initiatives provided for by the 2010 Declaration has been embedied in the Green Energy Development Task Force which was operating within the framework of the Group The Task Force was focused on the creation of a Network of cooperation between national administrative bodies mandated to promote renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures and policies which is essential for exchanging information and for sharing know how and good practices among the Member States In December 2014 the mission of the Task Force was transmitted to the Working Group It is considering the possibility to stimulate investments in the development of environmentally friendly energy technologies renewable energy sources and energy efficiency projects The Green Energy Strategy Paper is being developed A number of projects on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency have been implemented with the support from the BSEC Hellenic Development Fund The issue on improvement of investment opportunities in the BSEC energy sector for upgrading infrastracture and promoting energy efficiency has been included on the agenda of the Group as a follow up of the Declaration of the Ministers in charge of Energy of the BSEC Member States adopted in April 2011 With this regard the Member States are discussing the possibility of establishing a Regional Energy Infrastructure Fund Sofia Declaration 2010 A number of Ministerial declarations have been adopted in the field with firm commitments by the Member States to develop the regional energy cooperation in the most comprehensive way In implementation of the Declaration of the Ministers in charge of Energy of the BSEC Member States April 2012 on the Enhancement of the Gas Infrastructure Development the policies and the projects the interested Member States undertook or envisage for exploring their shale gas potential the issues on development of shale gas industry the use of shale gas for electricity production and possibilities for improvement of investment opportunities in the energy sector of the BSEC Member States for upgrading infrastructure and promoting energy efficiency in the BSEC Region have been put on the agenda Since 2008 when the BSEC Ministers of Energy adopted the road map Declaration on the BSEC EU interaction cooperation with international organizations and specialized agencies has been enhancing embracing inter alia the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities office approaching to energy security and cooperation emphasizing the added value OSCE can bring in fostering regional cooperation the Energy Charter Secretariat know how and expertise acquired in particular in developing legal instruments governing international cooperation in energy sector and the potential to further develop the cooperation relationships between the Energy Charter Secretariat and the BSEC Organization by joint activities beneficial to all BSEC Member States the Energy Policy and Development Centre of Athens KEPA proposals for cooperation activities etc Activities are going on within the Japanese initiative on How to Implement Energy Management Standards in the BSEC Countries In June 2013 the Working Group subscribed to the themes approved in the document on The Way Forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership on which the Group focused on in 2013 2015 in order to implement the goals set by the Economic Agenda namely Enhancing cooperation among the BSEC Member States in the energy sector including through the elaboration of common approaches i e Green Energy Strategy and projects where possible Developing a competitive regional energy market through supporting investments in energy infrastructure with the view to increase energy security interconnectivity and further diversify energy sources and routes Further promoting the development of the projects on interconnection of electric power systems of the BSEC Member States In April 2014 the following project proposals templates were introduced by the BSEC Secretariat Elaboration of a draft MOI for implementation of the Sofia Declaration on the establishment of an Integrated Black Sea Energy Market Undertaking a study on increasing energy interconnectivity in the BSEC Region and Launching a BSEC Energy Conservation Campaign The Group is advancing in implementation of the BSEC PDF projects in energy sector Agriculture and Agro Industry Coordinating Body BSEC PERMIS Over the previous years the cooperation in the field had been focused mainly on the priority issues on further development of the BSEC agriculture trade market improvement of the export import procedures food safety development and harmonization of the mechanisms for revealing and preventing non secure products at the border etc Presently the major topics of cooperation and exchange of information and experience in the field of food safety among central competent authorities and national reference laboratories of the Member States in particular practical mechanism of control at the borders including the mutual recognition of certification issued in the BSEC Member States has been presented in this regard and on harmonizing the labeling standards for food production have been on the agenda of the relevant Working Group In order to facilitate the coherent and effective implementation of the new BSEC Economic Agenda the document on The Way forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the Economic Agenda towards an enhanced BSEC Partnership has been adopted The Working Group on Agriculture and Agro Industry considered and confirmed the three priorities in the field of Food Security and Safety as follows Improving sustainable rural productivity and enhancing the international competitiveness of the Member States in food and agricultural products in particular through facilitating the access to new technologies and know how scaling up managerial innovations and harmonization and adoption of quality standards for products Promoting exchange of information experience and best practices among the competent authorities national reference laboratories agrarian research and education institutions and the private sector enterprises in the fields of agriculture agro industry and food safety in the Member States Promoting regional cooperation for the sustainable management of fishery resources The Group is elaborating on new priorities of cooperation within the 2nd Action Plan of the BSEC 2012 Economic Agenda for 2016 2018 The progress within these topics will largely depend on the relevant project proposals including those from the BSEC Observers and the Sectoral Dialogue Partners as well as the prospects of cooperation between BSEC and EU FAO and other specialized international organizations In this context the launching of the EU project on Integrated Maritime Policy for the Black Sea and the BSEC FAO pilot project on Promoting Risk Assessment of Food Hazards at a Country Level and Strenghenning the Analytical Capacity of National Laboratories in the BSEC Memebr States could bring an added value to the possibility of elaborating and implementing further projects in the field Discussions on enhancing the regional cooperation in the field of fisheries and aquaculture are going on following up the BSEC EU cooperation and with FAO and other international organizations active in the field of fisheries The issue on radiation control and GMO has been on the agenda upon the initiative of the BSEC PERMIS The Group is examinig the possibility of the establishment of subsidiary organs in order to ptomote cooperation in the specific areas The Declaration on securing the supply of the safe food adopted by the BSEC Ministers of Agriculture in October 2011 has been the BSEC first ever document on enhancing cooperation of this kind The activities of the Group which are in line with the major provisions of the Declaration and the proposals and recommendations by the BSEC Related Bodies including one on a joint pilot project supported by the financial mechanism of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank are aimed to serve the same purpose According to the decision by the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs the Republic of Turkey will coordinate the activities of the Group since January 2017 Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Country Coordinator Republic of Turkey 1 January 2014 31 December 2015 A number of initiatives and programs have been for a long time discussed within the framework of cooperation in the field The Visiting Incubator Technology Parks and Exchange of Best Practices Knowledge and Experience among the BSEC Member States the establishment of the BSEC Quality Award for SMEs from the BSEC Region Women and Entrepreneurship SMEs in the Time of Global Crisis Green Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development and others are among them In 2013 2015 the relevant Working Group was focusing its activities on the following three priorities within the framework of the document on The Way Forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership Increasing the competitiveness of the SMEs by creating fair conditions at both national and regional levels and undertaking regular surveys on SMEs needs priorities and problems in the BSEC Region Focusing on high technology innovation clusters industrial technology and software parks and business incubators as concrete instruments to facilitate SME start ups in the Member States and to encourage entrepreneurship competitiveness and cooperation with large companies in the BSEC Region Developing a support system for innovation and technology at BSEC region with the view to promoting cooperation among SMEs and the university environment or research and development institutions Under the mentioned priorities the following project proposal has been set forth Project on Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurial Culture in the BSEC Member States and Exchanging Experience on Energy Efficiency Policies and Practicies for SMEs It will be implemented through soft activities and joint events The Group is currently elaborating on new priorities of cooperation within the 2nd Action Plan of implementation of the BSEC 2012 economic agenda 2016 2018 Research on a BSEC model for establishing a Business Incubator for SME Start ups was conducted by the BSEC PERMIS in order to contribute to the priority on Focusing on high technology innovation clusters industrial technology and software parks and business incubators as concrete instruments to facilitate SME start ups in the Member States and to encourage entrepreneurship competitiveness and cooperation with large companies in the BSEC Region The Group is descending majorly on promotion of energy efficiency in SMEs in particular Sharing information and experiences on Energy Efficiency in the SME Sector Financial Instruments and Credit Mechanisms for Green Transformation in SMEs Eco Innovation and Eco Design Low Carbon Technologies Energy Efficiency Electronic Best Practice Booklet B2B Sessions joint projects joint ventures trade technology park and incubator visits and awareness seminars among Member States under the coordination of the BSEC Business Council Energy efficiency audits BSEC Innovation Data Bank Creation and promotion of instruments regarding the SME Exchange and support of the Venture Capital Trust A draft template of the electronic Best Practices Booklet has already been proposed which would collect best practices of the BSEC Member States in promoting energy efficiency on SMEs There was a proposal on exchange of experience and best practicies in promoting youth entrepreneurship The cooperation with international organizations is continuing mainly with the International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises sectoral dialogue partner of BSEC UNDP in particular within the Black Sea Trade and Investment Promotion Programme on possibilities of strengthening the collaboration between BSTIP Climate and Business Initiative and the BSEC Working Group on SMEs the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation joint undertakings in energy green economy agriculture etc Union for the Mediterranean and some other agencies Information and Communication Technologies Coordinating Body BSEC PERMIS The Joint Declarations adopted by the Ministers in charge in 2006 and 2009 and the Joint Declarations of the Forum of the Black Sea Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities since 2008 have been the road map for enhancing cooperation in the field of ICT Since 2009 a number of projects such as the Trans Eurasian Information Super Highway and the Mediterranean Black Sea Interconnection have been initiated by the Member States Currently the main pillars of the activities of the respective Working Group comprise promotion of the ICT cooperation among the Member States with the enhanced review of the recent developments in the field improvement and growth of ICT sector bridging digital divide which will directly influence the socio economic development in the region The Group is elaborating on its future actions in line with the Istanbul Summit Declaration on the Occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary of BSEC June 2012 documents on the BSEC Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership and The Way Forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the Economic Agenda towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership Sustainable information society with advanced Information and Communication Technology infrastructure The successful implementation of the project on Technology Transfer Network for the BSEC Region initiated by the Republic of Armenia in 2011 within the BSEC Project Development Fund PDF as well as the active involvement of the Republic of Korea Japan and France in cooperation in the field resulted in a number of new initiatives among which the Armenian proposal on the BSEC ICT Incubators Association concept 2012 have been a follow up undertaking to the mentioned PDF project Following the relevant decision the Government of the Republic of Korea engaged in thematic workshops on e government in a number of Member States Korea BSEC ICT Cooperation Program The Government of France initiated undertakings on new audiovisual broadcasting technologies BSEC France BRAF Seminar on New Audiovisual Broadcasting Technologies and the New Economic Models Arising from Them The High Level Conference on ICT of the BSEC Member States was held in Yerevan on 5 October 2013 under the Armenian Chairmanship in Office of BSEC where the initiative on the establishment of the BSEC ICT Incubators Association was adopted The ICT incubators and similar entities of the BSEC Member States were invited to elaborate on their proposals to be considered as practical steps towards this end The concept and the project propsal were undergone a number of reviosions by the experts on the ground and within the BSEC Project Management Unit PMU and the final draft project on the Establishment of a BSEC ICT Incubators Association was officially circulated on 21 November 2014 with the positive assessment by PMU The project is to be labelled accordingly with the aim to be presented to the relevant financial institutions Science and Technology Country Coordinator Republic of Azerbaijan 1 July 2014 30 June 2016 The Joint Statement adopted by the Ministers in charge of Science and Technology in 2007 had been the road map for enhancing cooperation in the field The cooperation among the Member States was being exercised within the framework of the respective Working Group s 2 nd General Action Plan for 2010 2014 The Group is now engaged in implementing the new Action Plan for 2014 2018 Since the meeting of the Ministers in charge held in April 2010 progress has been achieved in implementation of the 2010 2014 Plan which envisaged main areas of cooperation such as human resources capacity building research infrastructure innovation synergies multilateral including those of the BSEC Project Development Fund projects etc In 2010 The Ministers adopted the Declaration in which they declared commitment to further strengthen regional cooperation in the fields of scientific research and technological development as a major driving force of dynamic and sustainable economic growth and prosperity for the peoples in the region This resulted in enhancement of cooperation within the framework of the BSEC USA Memorandum of Intents November 2010 with introduction of the list of research project proposals and of the BSEC EU cooperation where the new concrete proposals have been introduced Cooperation between BSEC and UN EU as well as other international organizations the Group s permanent agenda item is being exercised within the framework of the so called Framework Program 7 FP 7 under which several initiatives have been introduced EU International Strategy for Research and Innovation S T International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian Countries etc The so called FP 8 program on Horizon 2020 science and technology research and innovation has been also presented within the framework of which the Armenian project proposal on CANDLE Light Source in the Republic of Armenia was set forward The SEAS ERA project and the Black Sea Strategic Agenda Document put forward the priorities for the Black Sea in marine research Developments are going on with regard to the Black Sea Research Programme BSRP being implemented under the Black Sea ERA NET and the ERA NET RUS projects The Training Schools is being provided for the promotion and application of the EU Marine Environmental Policy Frameworks in non EU Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries The Member States are exploring possible ways and means of cooperation on science and technology between BSEC and UNESCO as well as of practical involvement of young scientists in enhancing cooperation in the field There was a proposal on possibility of establishment of a special foundation for young scientists Within the BSEC Project Development Fund the project on Experimental Deployment of an Integrated Grid and Cloud Enabled Environment in BSEC Countries on the Base of g Eclipse presented by the Republic of Armenia has been successfully implemented Another Armenian project on Develop and Prepare an Experimental Sample of Data Logger Radon Measuring Device Set with Data Collection Central Controller is still on going A new Joint Declaration of the Ministers in charge was adopted on 3 December 2014 The Ministers reviewed the progress achieved the implementation of the General Action Plan of the Group envisaged by the BSEC Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership and approved a new road map for further development of cooperation in the field which could also have an impact on the intra regional cooperation With this regard the Group agreed to focus on the following priorities contained in The Way Forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership Focusing on human resources capacity building research infrastructure and innovation as areas of action Developing a registry of national innovation related structures of the BSEC Member States and creating the conditions for their effective interaction Facilitating cooperation in the fields of science and technology among the BSEC Member States the BSEC Related Bodies and with other partners and international organizations in order to encourage co funding schemes for formulating and implementing regional research projects These priorities are subject to revision to be considered within the 2nd Action Plan of implementation of the BSEC 2012 Economic Agenda 2016 2018 Banking and Finance Coordinating Body BSEC PERMIS The cooperation in the field comprises primarily the activities on reviewing the recent developments in the banking and financial sectors exchanging information and sharing experience with particular focusing on impact of economic and financial crises A number of proposals have been made within the respective Working Group aimed at revising the existing documents updating the Modalities for the BSEC Black Sea Trade and Development Bank BSTDB cooperation adopted back in 2000 and enhancing regional cooperation to address the recent financial crisis elaborating a common vision on cooperation making precise ways and practical mechanisms for cooperation In May 2014 ther was a proposal on the establishment of a union association of banks of the BSEC Member States BSTDB was invited to take active part in elaborating a relevant concept Three priority areas of cooperation had been identified within the document on The Way Forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership Seeking cooperation and support from national institutes and other relevant international bodies in order to provide training of personnel on good practices and evolving standards in the field of banking and finance through thematic workshops and seminars Expanding where possible dialogue on issues related to banking and financial sector regulations supervision and exchange of information among the BSEC Member States Making good use by the BSEC Member States individually as well as on a collective basis of the existing framework of the BSTDB and other International Financial Institutions active in the BSEC Region The Groups had been requested to put forth a list of possible projects in the light of the goals set in the Economic Agenda Presently the Group is engaged in elaboration of new priorities within the 2nd Action Plan of implementation of the BSEC 2012 Economic Agenda 2016 2018 One of the outcomes of the BSEC Tax Forum organized in November 2012 was a proposal to turn the Forum into a regular event held under the aegis of BSEC for discussing issues related to the tax evasion in the BSEC Member States There was also a proposal December 2012 on establishing a BSEC mechanism to combat fiscal evasion with the OECD s committment to elaborate a legal framework towards that end The relevant concept was introduced The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes raised the idea of organizing a regional seminar for the BSEC Member States with the possibility of BSEC to become an observer to the Forum The Seminar on Tobacco Taxation and Administration organized in cooperation with the Secretariat of the World Health Organization on 24 25 June 2013 focused mainly on the following issues The challenges surrounding processes of taxation and administration of tobacco products International cooperation on global and regional level to reduce healthcare and social costs of tobacco use Designing new tax policies and administration systems and Consideration of the suppression of the smuggling of tobacco products as a way to promote public health and increase revenues as well as minimize other harmful economic and social effects of tobacco production and consumption There has been an ongoing cooperation among BSEC and the World Health Organization WHO in the field of health and finance areas of tobacco control The Draft MoU on cooperation between WHO and BSEC is in the process of developing and the two organizations are discussing the possibility of holding joint seminars entitled Tobacco Tax and the Role of Ministries of Health and Tobacco Tax and Illicit Trade Evidence by BSEC Member States Budget and Finances Country Coordinator Hellenic Republic 1 January 2014 31 December 2015 The major activities of the relevant Working Group are being aimed mainly on the specific responsibilities related to formulation of the BSEC budget on the basis of sustainability transparency and project orientation consideration of the mid year yearly and auditing reports on implementation of the budget cooperation with the Secretariat in coordinating the financial transactions and saving relocations elaboration of amendments to the legal papers on financial responsibilities regulating within the Financial Regulations and Procedures and the BSEC Regulations for the Staff of the Secretariat s overall activities interpretation labor rights harmonization of salary scales computer infrastructure and others The Group is acting in close cooperation with the Chairmanship in Office and the Secretariat towards improving the legal and concept frameworks the existing mechanisms for financial transactions and introducing the updated operational schemes using the best practices of other international organizations The Group has recently embarked on discussion on the issue of reviewing the scale of Mandatory Annual Contributions by the Member States taking into account the ongoing process of reshuffling within the framework of the respective groups of contributors and the innevitable financial consequences resulted in The Audit Reports of 2008 2009 and 2010 budgets still remain to be adopted depending inter alia on the developments regarding the court cases of the former PERMIS accountant Institutional Renewal and Good Governance Country Coordinator Republic of Bulgaria 1 July 2015 30 June 2017 Since the last Joint Declaration on Institutional Renewal and Good Governance of the Ministers in Charge of Public Administration of the BSEC Member States April 2007 the agenda of the respective Working Group has been incorporating the major subjects of cooperation relative to reviewing and exchanging information on national policies on reforming the public institutions and improving the governance capacities in the BSEC Member States developing the public administration services and governance improving the civil servant institute efficiency as well as projecting new technologies linked with the electronic circulation of information With this regard the Mulberry system introduced by the Republic of Armenia was a success and could be utilized by the Member States as a pattern for further cooperation The Group is making further efforts to comprehensively update its agenda on the basis of best practices and proposals by the Member States in conformity with the BSEC Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership The recent proposal on consideration of the issue on national systems of technical inspection of motor vehicles in the BSEC Member States and the Draft Modalities on possibility of partnership collaboration between the relevant structures of international organizations and the Group as well as the concrete project proposals incorporated in the Group s Plans of Action could constitute the initial steps to this end Combating Organized Crime Country Coordinator Romania 1 July 2015 30 June 2017 Since 1996 a number of joint statements and declarations have been adopted by the BSEC Ministers in charge on strengthening cooperation in combating crime terrorism trafficking and illegal migration The cooperation stepped in the more practical and concrete phase after the signing of the Agreement among the Governments of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Participating States on Cooperation in Combating Crime in Particular in its Organized Forms in 1998 and its additional protocol 2002 as well as the Additional Protocol on Combating Terrorism to the Agreement 2004 The 2006 Joint Declaration resulted in creating the more project oriented agenda of cooperation The Ministers in charge adopted in November 2012 the Joint Declaration on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Fight Against Transnational Crimes in Particular Smuggling Trafficking in Human Beings Trafficking of Light Weapons Economic Financial Crimes and Terrorism As is seen the legal and operational basis of cooperation within the relevant Working Group is solid and comprehensive which gives an additional impact on renewing the agenda in accordance with international developments The BSEC UNODC joint project on Strengthening the Criminal Justice Response to Trafficking in Persons in the Black Sea Region is being implemented through the Regional Action Plan on Cooperation in the Field of Criminal Justice Response to Trafficking in Persons in the Black Sea Region by means of the Model Guide on Strengthening the National Criminal Justice Response to Trafficking in Persons in the Black Sea Region The Group has been for years elaborating the draft of Annual Review with an Assessment of the Trends of Trans National Crime in the BSEC Region Among the other projects on cooperation in the field are Preventing Terrorist Travel Sharing Best Practices Migration Policy in the Black Sea Region etc New developments have been registered recently in the Group s activities the involvement along with the Network of Liaison Officers on combating crime of statistical experts in elaboration of the mentioned Annual Review and the UNODC s revised project proposal aiming to provide further technical assistance in implementing the mentioned Action Plan The Group has accomplished implementing the provisions of the Way Forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the Economic Agenda towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership for 2013 2015 and is presently elaborating priorities for the 2nd Action Plan of the Agenda 2016 2018 The Draft BSEC Action Plan on regional efforts to prevent and combat corruption has been agreed upon and ccoperation in the field has been established The enlargement of cooperation with other related international institutions would be considered as a next concrete step on the way to enhance cooperation in this important field According to the decision by the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs since 1 July 2017 the Group will be coordinated by the Republic of Turkey Emergency Assistance Coordinating Body BSEC PERMIS Since 2000 a number of joint statements and declarations have been adopted by the BSEC Ministers in charge of emergency assistance and numerous events workshops conferences trainings have been arranged as follow up of the provisions of the Agreement among the Governments of the Participating States of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation on Collaboration in Emergency Assistance and Emergency Response to Natural and Man made Disasters adopted in 1998 and its Additional Protocol The respective Working Group has been running its activities within the legal and operational frameworks of cooperation envisaged by the mentioned Agreement through a number of mechanisms including the Network of the liaison officers and the ad hoc groups of experts on seismic risk massive forest fires and floods and torrents The priorities of cooperation on this solid institutional basis have been defined in the Declaration of Ministers in charge October 2011 the two year Plan of Action of the Group and in the BSEC Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership in particular in the document on The Way Forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the Economic Agenda Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership on which the Working Group on Emergency Assistance focused on in 2013 2015 Strengthening cooperation in implementing the Agreement among the Governments of the BSEC Member States on Collaboration in Emergency Assistance and Emergency Response to Natural and Man made Disasters and its Additional Protocol Enhancing coordination among the BSEC Member States in preventing and eliminating the consequences of natural and man made disasters and on providing humanitarian assistance and help on protection of environment in case of emergency situations or imminent threat thereof Encouraging the establishment of BSEC expert bodies to deal with massive forest fires and floods The Group was highly consistent in implementing the priority tasks by setting forward project proposals in cooperation with international organizations and sharing the best practices in activities in prevention and overcoming the consequences of emergencies in the Member States monitoring the seismic safety of infrastructures exercising disaster and emergency management etc One of the trainings on the response in emergencies was organized in Gyumri Republic of Armenia commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Spitak disaster The Group is presently elaborating on new priorities of cooperation within the 2nd Action Plan of the BSEC 2012 Economic Agenda 2016 2018 The issue of coordinatorship is also on the agenda taking the fact that four Member States Russia Turkey Romaia and Greece has recently applied for it Japan as BSEC Sectoral Dialogue Partner is enhancing its activities in cooperation in the field by organizing seminars on

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  • COLLECTIVE SECURITY TREATY ORGANIZATION - International organisations - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    Organization CSTO whose basic functional elements include close military and military technical cooperation among the Member States foreign policy coordination on issues of mutual interest and more recently countering new threats and challenges such as international terrorism and organized crime The supreme body of the Organization the Collective Security Council CSC consisting of the Presidents of the Member States discusses matters related to the regional and international security adopts decisions and documents defining cooperation between the Member States Since its transformation into organization the CSTO s normative legal base necessary for the collective security defense and coordinated political diplomatic activities has been continuously improving and documents ensuring effective cooperation in the three main elements of the Organization s activities have been signed and implemented Armenia s membership to CSTO is a major component of the country s security architecture In June August of 2008 the ROUBEZH defense frontier 2008 a large scale complex command staff exercise of the CSTO Member States armed forces was held in Armenia for the first time under the topic of preparation and conduct of a collective action in defense of sovereignty and territorial integrity of a Member State The exercise provided an ample opportunity to check the military political readiness of the Member States for a collective defense action envisaged under the Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty as well as to further elaborate measures to be taken by local authorities in case of a threat of aggression or an act of aggression against the Republic of Armenia Armenia chaired the CSTO from September 2008 to June 2009 Under the Armenian Chairmanship on February 4 2009 in Moscow a decision to create the Rapid Reaction Collective Forces RRCF of the Organization was taken The main purpose of RRCF is a rapid deployment for the

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  • COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES - International organisations - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    within the Commonwealth of Independent States is executed through the Charter Bodies of the CIS Council of Heads of States Council of Heads of Governments Council of Foreign Ministers Economic Council Council of Defense Ministers Council of Commanders in Chief of Frontier Troops Inter Parliamentary Assembly Economic Court Between the Council of Heads of States Council of Heads of Governments and Council of Foreign Ministers meetings the CIS permanent functioning body is the Council of Permanent Plenipotentiary Representatives of the States Participants of the Commonwealth under Charter and Other Bodies of the Commonwealth The permanent functioning executive administrative and coordination body of the CIS is the Executive Committee Headquarters of the Executive Committee is located in Minsk with a branch in Moscow In March 1994 the CIS was granted the observer status in the UN General Assembly On 19 April 1994 the same status was granted to the Commonwealth in the UNCTAD The CIS has 82 bodies including 66 bodies of branch cooperation aimed at promoting cooperation within the CIS The Republic of Armenia is one of the founders of the CIS and active participant in the development and implementation of various cooperation programs within the Commonwealth This is due to the interests of the country in the economic humanitarian political military and political and other spheres The Republic of Armenia participates in all the organs of the CIS except the CIS Economic Court On 5 October 2007 the CIS summit in Dushanbe approved the draft Concept of further Development and the related draft Plan of main events On 20 November 2009 the CIS Council of Heads of Governments in Yalta approved the main areas of a long term cooperation of the CIS member states in the IT sphere and joint action to mitigate the consequences of the global financial

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  • COUNCIL OF EUROPE - International organisations - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    is composed of four representatives and four substitutes http www coe int t congress whoswho pays fr asp id 34 Since its accession Armenia has been taking necessary steps in order to fulfill the commitments undertaken upon its accession to the CoE All the conventions envisaged by the accession commitments have been ratified With the support of experts of the Secretariat of the CoE and the European Commission for Democracy through Law Venice Commission the respective Codes and laws of the Republic of Armenia have been adopted and reformed CoE Armenia cooperation includes almost all spheres within the competences of the organization taking into account the priorities of the Government of Armenia as well as the recommendations and proposals of the monitoring bodies Through various mechanisms of cooperation a number of projects have been implemented The Action Plan 2012 2014 is underway It reflects Armenia s priorities and its international commitments and is aimed at supporting Armenia in the implementation of its statutory and specific obligations as a Council of Europe member state namely to promote reforms in the judicial penitentiary and educational sectors as well as freedom of the media and protection of the children s rights to strengthen local democracy and to improve the electoral code and practice Armenia has signed and ratified 58 Conventions of the Council of Europe including the most important in the field of human rights and minority rights and joined to the Partial Agreements http www conventions coe int Visits To the Council of Europe November 2013 Edward Nalbandian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE October 2013 Armen Gevorkyan Vice Prime Minister Minister of Territorial Administration October 2013 Serzh Sargsyan President of the Republic of Armenia September 2013 Edward Nalbandian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE June 2013 Hovik Abrahamyan President of the National Assembly June 2013 Edward Nalbandian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE May 2013 Edward Nalbandian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE September 2012 Hovik Abrahamyan President of the National Assembly June 2011 Serzh Sargsyan President of the Republic of Armenia June 2009 Hovik Abrahamyan President of the National Assembly May 2008 Tigran Torosyan President of the National Assembly December 2007 Serzh Sargsyan Prime Minister May 2005 Robert Kocharyan President of the Republic of Armenia June 2004 Robert Kocharyan President of the Republic of Armenia May 2004 Arthur Baghdasaryan President of the National Assembly January 2001 Robert Kocharyan President of the Republic of Armenia To Armenia October 2014 Nils Muižnieks Commissioner for Human Rights October 2013 Thorbjørn Jagland Secretary General October 2013 Nils Muižnieks Commissioner for Human Rights July 2013 Gianni Buquicchio President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law July 2013 Dean Spielmann President of the European Court of Human Rights June 2013 Hervig Van Staa President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities May 2013 Jean Claude Mignon

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  • EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION - International organisations - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    Treaty and international agreements within the Union The Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union are the Republic of Armenia the Republic of Belarus the Republic of Kazakhstan the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation The Union is being created to comprehensively upgrade raise the competitiveness of and cooperation between the national economies and to promote stable development in order to raise the living standards of the nations of the Member States The Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union has entered into force in January 2015 EAEU governing bodies The Supreme Council The Supreme Council is the Union s supreme authority The Heads of the Member States form the Supreme Council The Intergovernmental Council The Intergovernmental Council is a Union s body consisting of the Heads of the Member States Governments Eurasian Economic Commission Eurasian Economic Commission is a permanent supranational regulatory body of the Union with its members appointed by the Council of the Commission and the Board of the Commission The core tasks of the Commission are fostering the conditions to support the operation and development of the Union and drafting proposals in the field of economic integration within the Union The Court of the Eurasian Economic Union The Court of the Eurasian Economic Union is the court of justice of the Eurasian Economic Union which ensures the uniform application of the EAEU Treaty and other Union treaties by the Union Member States and bodies The official website of EAEU is www eaeunion org Share Travel to Armenia About Armenia Diplomatic Missions of Armenia Diplomatic Missions in Armenia Study in Armenia Doing business in Armenia Invest in Armenia Links Ministry MFA Diplomatic Missions of Armenia Consular service Protocol affairs Foreign representations in Armenia Virtual tour Foreign policy Bilateral Relations International organisations Security and defense Non Proliferation Strategic Export

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  • NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION - International organisations - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    intends to further develop and strengthen its own crisis management and civil protection capabilities On September 11 16 2010 in cooperation with NATO s Euro Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre Armenia hosted the EADRCC s Armenia 2010 civil emergency exercise near Yerevan which is one of the NATO s biggest events in the disaster response area Armenian rescue teams are actively engaged in the activities of EADRCC and have contributed in the civil emergency exercises and events organized by EADRCC including emergency exercises Kodri 2011 in Moldova and Georgia 2012 in Georgia Armenia and NATO also cooperate in the framework of NATO s Science for Peace and Security programme particularly in environmental area Public diplomacy Armenia regularly raises public awareness on Armenia NATO partnership relations through the public diplomacy events The annual NATO Week events are serving for this purpose The NATO Information Centre in Yerevan officially launched on March 12 2007 with the support of the Armenian government and NATO plays an important role in raising public awareness on Armenia NATO partnership cooperation as well Key milestones 1992 Armenia joins the newly created North Atlantic Cooperation Council NACC renamed the Euro Atlantic Partnership Council EAPC in 1997 1994 Armenia joins the Partnership for Peace PfP 1997 Armenia joins the Euro Atlantic Partnership Council EAPC 1999 President of Armenia Mr Robert Kocharyan participates in the NATO s 50 th anniversary Summit in Washington 2001 NATO Secretary General Lord George Robertson visits Armenia 2002 Armenia becomes an Associate Member of NATO Parliamentary Assembly Armenia joins the PfP Planning and Review Process PARP Armenia joins the NATO Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism 2003 Armenia hosts the PfP exercise Cooperative Best Effort 2003 in June 2004 Armenian Peacekeeping forces join KFOR Mission NATO establishes a position of NATO Secretary General s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Armenia establishes a Diplomatic Mission to the NATO Headquarters 2005 In June Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian presents Armenia s first Individual Partnership Action Plan IPAP to the North Atlantic Council President of Armenia Mr Robert Kocharyan visits NATO Headquarters NATO and Armenia agree on Armenia NATO IPAP document in December 2006 On January 1st Armenia starts the implementation of the Armenia NATO IPAP 2007 Armenia organizes the first NATO week event which since became an annual event A NATO Information centre officially opens in Yerevan 2008 President elect Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan participates in NATO Summit in Bucharest on 4 April Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan participate to the Armenia North Atlantic Council meeting in Brussels Armenia hosts the PfP Exercise Cooperative Longbow Lancer President of Armenia Mr Serzh Sargsyan visits NATO Headquarters and meets with NATO Secretary General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer 2009 NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Claudio Bizoniero visits Armenia NATO officially recognizes Armenia as the 43 rd troop contributing country to ISAF in Afghanistan 2010 Armenia starts contributing troops to ISAF in Afghanistan in February President Serzh Sargsyan visits NATO Headquarters and meets with NATO Secretary

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  • ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE - International organisations - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
    the Organization it assists the CiO and the participating States in their activities The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary General and located in Vienna The OSCE institutions are Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights ODIHR High Commissioner on National Minorities Representative on Freedom of the Media The Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE is the platform of inter parliamentary relations and cooperation The OSCE has established a web of field missions with the aim of organizing its activities more efficiently and better coordinating with the participating States as well as for raising awareness on the goals and principles of the Organization The negotiation process on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict is mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group Co Chairs Russia USA France The other members of the Minsk Group are the following participating States Belarus Germany Italy Sweden Finland and Turkey as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan and on a rotating basis the OSCE Troika The High Level Planning Group was established within the framework of the OSCE with a mandate issued on March 1995 aimed at preparation of a future peacekeeping operation in the area of Nagorno Karabakh conflict In 1995 the OSCE Chairman in Office appointed a Personal Representative of the CiO on the Conflict Dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk of Poland has been acting Personal Representative since July 1996 Armenia OSCE Cooperation Armenia has acceded to the OSCE since January 30 1992 The head of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the OSCE is Arman Kirakossian the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the Republic of Austria The Delegation of the National Assembly of the RA represents Armenia in the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE It consists of A Geghamyan Head of the

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