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Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2018
Leadership | Economics | Synergies
30 May - 1 June 2018 | Athens, Greece


The organization ran the event as planned and expected : well done to everybody. I got the impression most people I talked to found it ran well, the venue was a very good choice and the catering was good in both the food and the staff. And you guys really made it a very friendly and personal event !

Arjan J. Haanstra
Wilderbrook Customs & Railway Contracting


I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for the perfect organization of the “Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum 2018” held in Athens……it was my honor and privilege to take part in the discussion with so many interesting speakers and  stakeholders….. I am certain that the forum will continue to be a valuable platform for such debates in the future and looking forward to continue our cooperation.

lvelina Vasileva

Chair of the Environment & Water Committee

National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria


Thank you for your welcome and hospitality last week at the BBSF 2018. I was very impressed by the line-up speakers and the quality of discussions. It was on top of everything a great learning experience for me. Ester and I are encouraged by such action at a regional level in the Balkans and think there is much that can be achieved by this forum. We will be happy to assist again next year to promote the event. Congratulations.

Paula Byrne

Director Membership and Business Development



I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your efforts and for facilitating such a great event. It was a pleasure to be among all of you. Lise was also very pleased with the chance to meet you all and connect with local companies.

Alexandra Tarazi

Manager, Global Operations

United Nations Global Compact, New York


Dear Giannis, Congratulations on last week’s forum. It was a pleasure to be with you and I look forward to our future collaboration opportunities together.

Paul Hunter

Director, Digital Learning

IMD Business School, Lausanne | Switzerland


Dear Ms Siwarde J. Sap, on behalf of the Beijing delegation attended the Forum in Greece, please allow us to say congratulations to the successful event. We deeply appreciate your work and kind arrangements.

Ms. Shi Yunmo


European Department

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peoples’ Republic of China


Hello Christina, Hello Giannis,

Thank you for the superb organized conference and discussion platform, all together a great compliment for the perfect arranged logistic and networking. With kind regards

Frank Barz

T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH

Head of Industrial IOT


Dear Giannis, it was a pleasure to meet you in person. I hope to reconnect soon and build something meaningful and impactful, together. Thank you Christina for helping with various life-saver issues. Siwarde, it was a delight to meet you- I think our paths will cross again. And finally, Meral- thank you for introducing me to such a vibrant and passionate team of people. All the best from Istanbul

Arda Batu

Secretary General

Turkish Business Confederation (Turkonfed)


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