Publicat pe 30/06/2020

Bucharest, June 24th, 2020: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR), together with the Institute of Circular Economy and Environment “Ernest Lupan” and in partnership with the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federation of Associations of Energy Utility Companies, Enel and Marsh Romania, organized, on June 24th, the online conference “Circular Economy Opportunities for SMEs in the Black Sea Region”.

The event was organized in the context in which CCIR holds, in the first semester of 2020, the Presidency-in-Office of the Business Council of the Organization for Economic Cooperation in the Black Sea.

The main topics focused on the effects of COVID-19 on the economies of the European Union and the wider Black Sea region in the process of ecological transition, as well as the provisions of the European Ecological Pact.

„The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, the main representative of the Romanian business community, has, in its current term as acting President of the Business Council of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC BC), two major objectives. The first objective is to create a commercial hub on the Black Sea so that international carriers do not bypass this very important area for us. For this to happen, all facilities must be created, which means full involvement of the states in the region and the port authorities. The second objective refers to the transformation of the Danube into a viable alternative for the transport of goods to the Black Sea ports. This fits in perfectly with the requirements of the Green Deal, greatly reducing pollution caused by car carriers using regular routes. For this project to become a reality, a total involvement of both the states in the Black Sea region and those who are part of the Three Seas Initiative is needed “, said the president of CCIR, Mr. Mihai Daraban.

The conference “Opportunities of the circular economy for SMEs in the Black Sea region” was also attended by H.E Mr. Ambassador Lazăr Comănescu, Senior Advisor for External Relations of the CCIR President, and Mr. Eduard Costin, External Relations Director.

Background

The European Green Pact provides a roadmap containing actions to encourage the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean circular economy and ending climate change, reversing the decline of biodiversity, and reducing pollution.

This pact outlines the necessary investments and funding instruments available and explains how to ensure a fair and inclusive transition. The European Green Pact covers all sectors of the economy, in particular transport, energy, agriculture, buildings, and industrial sectors, such as steel, cement, ICT, textiles, and chemicals.