The “BSEC – Green Energy Network” was launched as consequence of an initiative to establish a “Task Force on Green Energy Development”. The Ministers of Energy of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC), during their meeting at Nafplion (Greece, 12 Oct. 2010)[1], set up a Task Force with the aim to identify relevant issues within which regional cooperation can be most effective, and also to explore ways to promote green energy investments and innovative green energy projects (Declaration concerning “Green Energy Development Initiative” - BS/EN/WG/R(2010)2).

In accordance with the Declaration of the Ministerial Meeting in Nafplion (Greece) on 12 October 2010, a Task Force on Green Energy Development” was set-up within the BSEC Working Group on Energy, with the aim to identify relevant issues within which regional cooperation can be most effective, and also to explore ways to promote green energy investments and innovative green energy projects. The Task Force started working in April 2012; agreed on the creation of the aforementioned Network and decided to elaborate a BSEC Green Energy Strategy Paper (BS/EN/WG/TF/R(2012)1).

The BSEC Green Energy Network was finally established by the decision of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs taken on 12 December 2014 during its meeting in Thessaloniki (BS/FM/R(2014)2 and Annex VII to BS/FM/R(2014)2). The mandate of the Network is to facilitate exchanging information and sharing experience and know-how among national administrative bodies and/or centers and organizations mandated to promote renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures and policies in the BSEC Region.  In accordance with the agreements reached in the Task Force on Green Energy Development and in the Working Group on Energy, the BSEC PERMIS invited the Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens to develop the Network, under the supervision of the BSEC Permanent International Secretariat, in terms of both partners and activities to be undertaken (BS/EN/WG/TF/R(2014)2).

The Network started to function in 2015 and is endeavouring to undertake and facilitate actions at international, regional and national levels with a view to developing, transferring and exchanging updated knowledge, including consultations for the development and assessment of specified green policy mixtures and actions.

Members of the Network are expected to organize and participate in regional/international activities, such as workshops, seminars and conferences. They can take advantage of the existing communication infrastructure of KEPA – scientific journals, periodical editions, newsletters – to increase the level of cooperation among them and their national stakeholders.

They are welcome to contribute to enhancing the knowledge transfer and capacity building of their governments, updating them on the state of the emerging international “green policy” instruments.

It is expected that the Network will contribute, through knowledge transfer, in encouraging market stakeholders to take advantage of existing international financing opportunities; convince international, regional and national banking institutions to enhance their “green” programs; and facilitate the inflow of green funds in the BSEC-MS and regional cooperation among market stakeholders with extrovert orientation.

Finally, members of the Network are facilitated through brokerage events to participate in internationally financed programs, like those of H2020 of the European Union, or to develop ad hoc “tailor made” consortia upon requests from the BSEC Member States.

       The network is coordinated by KEPA under the supervision of PERMIS.

[1] The ministerial conference was held in Nafplio, Peloponnese, in the framework of the Greek presidency of the BSEC, with the focal message being "The Black Sea turns Green." At: