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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 parliamentary cooperation in the region has a long tradition. But, after the adoption of the Declaration on the Establishment of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) on 26th  February 1993, in Istanbul, the Parliamentary cooperation entered in a new pace by uniting the efforts of the national parliaments to pursue the following aims: to secure the understanding and adoption, by the peoples, of the ideals and aims of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation; to provide a legal basis for economic, commercial, social, cultural and political cooperation among the member countries; to enact the legislation needed for the implementation of the decisions taken by the Heads of State or Government or by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs; to provide assistance to the national parliaments so as to strengthen the parliamentary democracy; to promote the cooperation with other international and regional organizations. Which are the most significant achievements up to now and what kind of future perspectives have to be taken into consideration?

 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.


Technical requirements:

  • The essay must be written in English language
  • The essay should be between 6,750 and 9,000 words
  • The essay must be written with Times New Roman font size 12 points.
  • The composition must reflect the competitor’s own writing and original thinking and any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be identified properly.

 The deadline for submission is May 1st, 2018.

 Entries must be send to the following email address:

The essay 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”.

Competition schedule:

  • STAGE I –   Announcing of the competition - January 2018
  • STAGE II   - Closing date for submitting the essays - Extended until May 1st, 2018
  •   STAGE III – Evaluation – May 2018
  •  STAGE IV – Announcement of the winners – June 2018
  •  STAGE V – Prize awarding at a special ceremony during the 51st PABSEC General Assembly, in Tirana, on 21st June 2018.

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Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Prof. Giga Zedania
Ilia State University, Georgia

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American University of Armenia