The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organisation. It has since fulfilled a dual function:

a) it is an independent research and training institution focusing on the wider Black Sea region,

b) it is a related body of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and serves as its acknowledged think-tank.

Through its activities, the ICBSS promotes multilateral cooperation among the BSEC member states, the European Union and other international organisations.

The Centre elaborates and publishes research papers and studies, organises a variety of scientific events, and manages research projects that seek to foster a comprehensive and cohesive approach towards important issues of the Black Sea region, with explicit measurable (qualitatively and quantitatively) results and gains at both the academic and political level.

Our objective is to be established as an independent centre of reference (think-tank) with an autonomous and self-reliant course that provides useful advice and produces ideas as well as policy recommendations for the Black Sea region.

Moving towards this direction requires the systematisation and management of information that the Centre already has at its disposal (from various sources) on the one hand, and their efficient use for producing specialised policies that could be fed into decision-making mechanisms and think-tanks globally, on the other hand.

Within this framework, we aspire to focus on the dual concept of "Knowledge" and "Sustainability" that will gradually form the basis of a coherent strategic plan for the region, comprised of clearly defined priorities and goals.

In close cooperation with the BSEC and its related bodies our aim -in parallel with fostering economic cooperation between BSEC member states, regions, and the private sector- is the emergence of a new model promoting the principles of sustainable development, innovation, and good governance that could strengthen the area and lead to the creation of a dynamic hub with multiplying effects in the wider Black Sea region.

Moving towards a "Green Black Sea" is our new perspective, one characterised by a focus on development, culture, as well as economic and social prosperity, one that goes beyond the traditional approach and makes the concept of Sustainable Development / Greening Innovation, and Governance our driving force. Thus, the environmental dimension runs through all of our actions and aims.

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.

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 managements of research projects on a contract basis, as well as networking activities.

Latest ICBSS publications (available online):

• Anniversary Edition Xenophon Paper No.12, “20 Years BSEC. Evolution of Institutions, Evolution of Priorities: Interlinks within the Black Sea Region in a New Era”, Athens: ICBSS
• Amb. David Kereselidze “A Perspective on Tourism in the Black Sea countries”, ICBSS Policy Brief No. 27, Athens: ICBSS

For more information please visit http://www.icbss.org/

News on latest ICBSS events:

"8th International Black Sea Symposium “Science, Technology and Innovation in the Black Sea: Moving Forward”

“Perspectives on Tourism in the Black Sea area” Athens, 16-18 October 2014.

Round Table Discussion on “A Challenge or Obstacle for the future?
Climate Change & Environmental Strategy for the Black Sea