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Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2017
Stability | Growth | Cooperation
May 25-26, 2017 | Serres, Greece


I am very thankful for such an interesting and engaging forum. It was a real pleasure to be a part of this event and it was an honor to address such a diverse audience. I hope that our cooperation and partnership will continue in future. And I will be very glad if someday Georgia would host the event.

Maia Bitadze
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection
Tbilisi, Georgia

Indeed, it was a pleasure participating in the very interesting first edition of the Balkan and Black Sea Cooperation Forum, that you organized in the friendly city of Serres. I had the opportunity to meet many and distinguished personalities from many countries, active in different sectors, so I am really grateful for this unique chance you offered to all of us.

I am also proud that we were able to render every help and support we could, as the Permanent International Secretariat of the BSEC Organization and I wish to assure you that we will continue to do so also in the future.

Amb. Michael B. Christides
Secretary General
Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
Permanent International Secretariat, Istanbul – Turkey

I would like to thank you and all the other members who worked hard for the organization of the whole event. I think it was a very interesting and important event for all the countries participating. It was not only an event where we shared our prospective or vision but also our common goals as a region.

Brunilda Paskali
Deputy Major, Tirana Municipality
Tirana, Albania

I believe the forum, even though it was the first edition, was a great success and in my opinion deserves to have a larger and broader audience. Specifically the “Energy Panel” was a perfect match with TCB’s core business Oil & Gas and Power. However also other panels provided me inside in potential future business sectors. I hope that this has been the start of (more close) cooperation between our entities and therefore would welcome your input and guidance for such cooperation in the future.

Arjan Uijterwaal, Delegate
Managing Director, TCB Automation S.A.

We had a very favorable impression of the Forum and of Serres, due to the great hospitality of the organizers and the volunteers. We also very much enjoyed the social program organized in Prodromos Monastery and the city of Serres.

Dr. Frans-Paul van der Putten
Sr. Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
The Hague, The Netherlands

The Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum has proved its practical and theoretical effectiveness and turned to be a useful international platform for the development of interregional dialogue and cooperation with Black Sea and Mediterranean.

Natalia Kosenko
Charge d’ Affaires of Ukraine
Embassy of Ukraine in the Hellenic Republic

My sincere congratulations to the organizers.
This was a brilliant event and I am positively looking forward to the 2nd edition of the Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum in 2018.

David Gyori
CEO at Banking Reports London, UK