A quadripartite meeting of the Expert Working Group on the Caspian Sea-Black Sea international transport route took place in Bucharest on Monday, June 24. At a meeting, the delegations of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Turkmenistan with the participation of representatives of the Foreign, Transport, Interior and Trade Ministries, Customs, Border and Migration Services, the Turkmenbashy, Constanta and Baku Seaports, transport and logistics centers and business communities of the four countries discussed issues related to launching this freight route.
In the format of sessions, the participants examined the importance of this sea corridor for improving the connectivity of Europe and Asia, and its role in the context of the new EU Strategy for Central Asia adopted in June 2019, and the EU Strategy for Connecting Europe and Asia adopted in October 2018.
Members of the delegations exchanged information on the transport infrastructure existing in the countries along the route, as well as prospects for its expansion. Issues were considered in relation to the development and implementation on the national level of regulatory legal instruments to contribute to creating favorable conditions for functioning of the Caspian Sea-Black Sea corridor, and strengthen economic cooperation in the East-West direction. Following the talks results, the participants adopted a Summary of the quadripartite meeting of the Expert Working Group.
During the visit to Bucharest, the Turkmen delegation members met with Secretary of State of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Danuset Neculaescu, and exchanged views on the current state and further development of bilateral relations.
On Tuesday, June 25, the Turkmenistan representatives visited the Constanta Seaport, learned its potential and discussed with the port administration the possibilities for cooperation.
In March 2019, at a meeting in the capital of Romania, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Turkmenistan adopted a Bucharest Statement, reflecting the political commitment of the four countries to implementing the initiative on creating the Caspian Sea-Black Sea international transport route.