Pabsec Essay

On the occasion of its 25th Anniversary to be celebrated in 2018, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) is organizing, in partnership with the Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN), an Essay Competition for students entitled “Views and Perspectives for the Future in the Black Sea Region”.
The aim of the competition is to bring together young people’s views on the future development of the BSEC Region and shaping the vision for the future of our region in cultural, political and economic terms. The competition is opened to students aged up to 30, from all BSEC Member States.
The topic proposed for the competition is: “Twenty-five years of the Parliamentary Cooperation in the BSEC Region – Views and Perspectives for the Future”

The objectives of the Contest are:
 To provide a unique opportunity for young students throughout the Black Sea
Region to take part in a regional educational project;
 To promote a sense of regional belonging among young students from the 12
BSEC Member States through their participation in a competition on topic of
mutual interest;
 To give young students from various backgrounds a platform to express their
views about our region and their dreams for the future.

The deadline for submission is 31st March 2018. The details regarding submission, eligibility and writing guidelines are available on the BSUN website (
Entries will be evaluated and selected by national committees in every Member State, by May 2018. The winners will be invited to the PABSEC 51st General Assembly to be held during 19th-21st June2018 in Tirana, where they will be awarded a diploma.
Their travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the PABSEC. The winning essays shall be published in a special issue of the BSUN International Journal “Letters from the Black Sea”.

Participation of Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, in the 80th annual meeting of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC), Geneva, 20-23 February 2018
Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, attended the 80th annual meeting of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC), which took place in Geneva, from 20 to 23 February 2018.

The Session drew several Transport Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the UNECE region, Africa, Asia and ...the Middle East, as well as high-level participants from more than 50 countries and heads of key transport organizations.

This year, the ITC opened with a policy segment on 20 February, focusing on “Intermodality: The key to sustainable transport and mobility”.

With the need to accelerate progress towards the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), creating policies and measures that promote efficient, clean, safe and affordable inland transport are of increasing priority, as most of the speakers underlined.

In this context, it was pointed that the seamless combination of different modes of transport for passengers and freight where the person or parcel can slip easily from one mode to the next - be it bus to train or truck to boat – can mean transport that is safer, more efficient, and often faster and less costly.

The session opened by Ms Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE, who together with Mr. Umberto De Pretto, Secretary General, International Road Transport Union, and Mr. Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, launched the new road safety policy making tool “SafeFITS”.

Three thematic sessions explored specific aspects of Intermodality, namely:

• Intermodality leads to sustainability

• Intermodal freight transport and connectivity

• Intermodal passenger mobility

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