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ADVANCING STABILITY IN THE BLACK SEA REGION

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Draft Special Report [065 CDS 17 E] by Ulla Schmidt (Germany)

The deterioration of the global security landscape in recent years undermines efforts to develop regional cooperation and regional identity in the Black Sea. Military build-up is approaching dangerous levels, multiple conflicts remain unresolved and Russia has substantially increased its foothold in the region. However, deterioration of stability in the Black Sea is not yet at a point of no return; and the Rapporteur urges the international community – particularly the EU and NATO – to place the region higher on their agenda in order to reverse negative trends and reignite regional cooperation.

The Rapporteur is concerned that progress in the areas of democracy, human rights, the rule of law, media freedom and anti-corruption in parts of the Black Sea area have stalled or worse, reversed, in recent years. The erosion of democratic values creates a vicious circle of insecurity. The Rapporteur regrets that the Black Sea Region is still largely viewed through the lenses of military developments, or as an area of transit of energy resources; she stresses the need to incorporate the civil (non-military) dimensions of security into strategies aimed at achieving durable stability in the region.

 

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