The third meeting of the Joint Programming Committee – body responsible for the preparation of the Interreg NEXT (Neighbourhood External) Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027 – was held online on the 25th of February 2021.
The representatives of the nine participating countries (Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine) and the European Commission discussed the conclusions of the consultations carried out during February 2021 of the stakeholders from the participating countries regarding the Territorial Analysis developed for the eligible area of the Programme.
Based on these conclusions, taking into account the provisions of the new proposal for an Interreg Regulation on thematic concentration and following the analysis of the needs and development potential of the area, the Joint Programming Committee agreed the Policy Objectives (POs) and the Specific Objectives (SOs) to be funded under the future Programme:
- PO 1 – A more competitive and smarter Europe and its Neighbourhood, with one Specific Objective: SO 1 – developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies;
- PO 2 – A greener, low-carbon transitioning towards a net zero carbon economy and resilient Europe and its Neighbourhood, with two Specific Objectives: SO 4 – promoting climate change adaptation, and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches and SO 7 – enhancing protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity, and green infrastructure, including in urban areas, and reducing all forms of pollution.
In addition, there were discussions about the second round of consultations of the stakeholders from the participating countries, with the purpose of further thematic concentration, process agreed to start in March 2021.
The Managing Authority, with the support of TESIM ENI CBC – technical assistance project funded by the EU – will continue to hold consultations with key actors during 2021 over the eligible area of the Programme. The documents of public interest regarding the Interreg NEXT Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027 will be published regularly on this website at www.blacksea-cbc.net/interreg-next-bsb-2021-2027/.