The Fifty-First Meeting of the PABSEC Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee was held in Sofia, on 2-3 October 2018, upon the invitation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Mrs. Tsveta Karayancheva, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Petar Kanev, PABSEC Vice-President and Head of the PABSEC Bulgarian Delegation, Mr. Zoltan Pek, Vice-Chairman of the Committee and Member of the PABSEC Serbian Delegation, Mr. Lyuben Kanchev, Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General addressed the gathering at the Opening Ceremony.
The meeting was attended by the national delegations of Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine and chaired by Mr. Zoltan Pek, Vice-Chairman of the Committee.
Mr. Ioan Vulpescu, Member of the PABSEC Romanian Delegation, presented the draft Report on “Current and Future Perspectives in the Development of Tourism in the BSEC Region”. The Vice-Chairman of the Committee presented the draft Recommendation 166/2018 on the same subject.
The Committee discussed and approved the draft Report and the draft Recommendation 166/2018 on “Current and Future Perspectives in the Development of Tourism in the BSEC Region” that will be submitted to the consideration of the Fifty-Second Plenary Session of the Assembly, to be held in Yerevan, during 27-28 November 2018.
The members of the Committee elected Mr. Metin Gundogdu, Member of the PABSEC Turkish Delegation, to the post of Chairman of the PABSEC Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee to complete the term of office of Mr. Ozcan Ulupinar, former Chairman of the Committee, until October 2019.
The PABSEC Secretary General informed the participants about the results of the Meeting of Representatives of Black Sea Cities of Turkey, Bulgaria and Russia, organized under the auspices of the PABSEC and Mr. Pakhomov, Major of Sochi, dedicated to the Development of Cruise Tourism in the Black Sea where different issues were discussed, such as launching of a regular cruise traffic between the cities of the Black Sea countries, development of necessary infrastructure for cruise traffic and preparation of tourism cruise products. Mr. Hajiyev also informed that the next meeting of the Mayors of the Black Sea cities will take place in Istanbul in November 2018.
The Committee took note of the information presented by the Deputy Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC PERMIS) on the activities of the BSEC.
The Fifty-Second Meeting of the Committee will take place in Armenia, in May 2019, and the main item of the Agenda will be “Pension Systems in the BSEC Member States”.