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Last Updated: 02 July 2014

The Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013 is a programme under the European Neighborhood & Partnership Instrument (ENPI) of the EU


Aim: to contribute to a stronger and sustainable economic and social development of the regions of the Black Sea Basin.


The overall objective of this joint Action is the development of the maritime culture in the Black Sea basin through emphasizing the common maritime traditions of the partner countries and enhancing the preparedness of the professionals involved in the maritime industry (maritime/river transportation, shipbuilding, fisheries, offshore oil/gas extracting industry, ports, environmental research, humanities and so on). In order to efficiently store the data and share information on maritime culture in the western Black Sea area, an integrated educational network will be developed (the MARitime PLATform - MARPLAT). As the backbone of the joint Action, MARPLAT is envisaged as a modular, updatable design in order to continuously serve its role and even to expand after the completion of the project.

By promoting especially to the young of the region the rich heritage and the development perspectives of the maritime-related occupations, the project is designed to enrich the resourcefulness of future seafarers or simply of anyone with a heart for the sea.

The partners wish to endorse the idea that the Black Sea is not a barrier, but a communication way among people all around it and farther inland.

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The specific objectives are equivalent to the three courses of action:

• Recognition of the common navigation and trade traditions of people linked for millennia by the Black Sea and its main tributary, the Danube;
• Development of new or updated lifelong education, training and research programmes in order to cope with the new technological and economic trends in the maritime industry;
The most important result of this objective are the new maritime river transportation and port management curricula/syllabuses for P3 - the Technical University of Moldova (TUM), which will be the first maritime & river transportation study programmes in the Republic of Moldova.

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1. Increasing public awareness regarding the rich maritime cultural heritage and promotion of the professional qualifications related to modern maritime transportation in the partner countries

The aim of this GA is to contribute to the preservation of the traditions and the development of the maritime culture within the Black Sea Basin by two means: increasing the public awareness in the region on cultural heritage values and promoting the occupations connected to maritime transportation (shipping).
By raising the public awareness about the specific of every region's cultural heritage, this GA will accentuate the regional identity of the Black Sea Basin through networking of cultural institutions and operators, teachers and students. By enhancement of public awareness regarding the shipping qualifications, the activities will increase the willingness of the people in the region to enter the shipping industry labour market, currently in expansion. Enhancement of the public awareness about the maritime past and future is an important way of promoting the cultural diversity of the different countries of the western Black Sea region involved and the common heritage of the Black Sea Basin – its preservation and its significance for the development of the maritime culture.

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