On 25 and 26 May, the Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum took place in Serres in northern Greece, with significant Dutch involvement. It provided an exchange of views and a network opportunity for business representatives and experts from the various countries in the region.
“The forum comes at a time when the region appears to be key to Chinese plans for increased trade and exchanges with Europe”, said one of the speakers, Dr Frans-Paul van der Putten of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. Participants were impressed by the quality of the international speakers and believe the forum, even though it was the first edition, was a success.
Siwarde J. Sap from our Embassy acted as a steering committee member of the Forum. She says: “Building on this years’ positive outcome, the forum progressively forms a think-tank for the wider region.” Next year’s host country will be announced during the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair in September. More information available here: New York Times International, Kathimerini EN Edition.