For your information: On 25 June 1992, the Heads of State or Government of eleven countries signed the Declaration Summit in Istanbul and launched the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). It emerged as a model for the multilateral political and economic initiative aimed at promoting interaction and harmony between Member States, as well as ensuring peace, stability and prosperity to encourage friendly and good neighbourliness in the Black Sea region. The BSEC’s headquarters, the Permanent International Secretariat of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC PERMIS), was established in March 1994 in Istanbul. With the entry into force of the Charter on 1 May 1999, BSEC acquired international legal identity and was transformed into a fully-fledged regional and economic organisation. With the accession of Serbia (then Serbia and Montenegro) in April 2004, the organisation now has twelve Member States. Although the name would suggest, membership is not limited to countries that have access to the Black Sea. 6 Member States do not have a Black Sea coastline.
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