The Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2022

The Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2022 is held at a time of numerous geopolitical, economic, and power-shifting challenges that influence the global scene and endanger the social and economic equilibrium of regions. In a world of conflict and constant disruption, the BBSF2022 aspires to pave the way for a sincere, coherent, and constructive exchange of views and dialogue, needed today more than ever before.

The conference will be spanning across 6 high caliber sessions, 30 focal areas, and 35 speakers from Greece and the world. It will be held with the physical participation of speakers and delegates, representing leading businesses, policymakers, diplomats, think tanks, research, and academia.


Tuesday, December 13, 2022

09.30 - 10.00


10.00 - 10.30

Welcome notes

10.30 - 12.00

Chapter 1: Energy supply & security, environmental commitments in a World of sanctions & disruptions

In focus: Short-term energy demands; energy suppliers’ strategies; energy markets’ risks; gas supply security through transit countries; role of renewables; climate change & green-energy; energy connections; East-Med viability; Greece’s strategy in hydrocarbons’ exploitation;

12.30 - 14.00

Chapter 2: Innovation & Technology serving society

In focus: The 5G, A.I. and new technologies on citizens’ daily life; lifelong learning & re-education of working-force; lessons learned from countries leading in digitalization in terms of governance, development & investments; addressing the puzzle of cyber-crime vs cyber security; effective proliferation of innovative, technologically advanced products/services; A.I. in the automotive industry;

photoDr. Christos Dimas

Dpt. Minister for Development and Investments in charge of Research & Innovation • Greece

photoMr. Peter Svec

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy of Slovakia • Slovakia
15.00 - 16.30

Chapter 3: Connectivity & Infrastructure, the ever-growing need for new investments

In focus: Improving East-West and North-South connections in the Balkan and Black Sea regions; integration with transcontinental transport routes; The BRI today: review-prospects; Europe-China prospects in trade relations; The role of railways in international commerce;

photoAmbassador Xiao Junzheng

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Hellenic Republic • China

photoMr. Zdenko Lucić

State Secretary for Foreign Trade & Development, Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs, Republic of Croatia • Croatia

photoMr. Umberto de Pretto

Secretary General, International Road Transport Union • Canada
17.00 - 18.30

Chapter 4: Regional cooperation-integration based on the economic geography of the regions

In focus: Increasing the effectiveness of regional organizations; the status of UN SDGs’ implementation; EU integration of the region; culture and tourism as a uniting factor; increasing trade in the Balkan and Black Sea regions: obstacles, challenges, prospects;

photoAmbassador Lazar Comanescu

Secretary General | Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation • Romania

photoMs. Alia El-Yassir

UN Women Regional Director a.i, Europe-Turkey-Central Asia • Canada

photoMr. Wouter Zweers

Research Fellow – EU & Global Affairs Unit, Clingendael Institute • Netherlands
EU integration of the Western Balkans and Turkey in light of geopolitical turmoil in Europe


photoDr. George Pagoulatos

Director General, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy
19.30 - 21.30

Official dinner (guest-of-honor speech)

by invitation only

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

09.30 - 10.00


10.00 - 10.15

Welcome note

10.15 - 11.30

Chapter 5: Banking Industry in the digital era, responsible financing, sustainable investments

In focus: Addressing challenges of digital evolution in banking; Conventional banks vs FinTechs, InsurTechs & Virtual banks; The future of cryptocurrencies; Tax havens’ impact on competitiveness, investments, growth and money-laundering; Outlook & assessment of Balkan & Black Sea economies onwards 2023; Regional adaptation to meet ESG financing criterias;

12.00 - 13.30

Chapter 6: Global convulsions and their impact on the Balkans and the Black Sea region

In focus: The Balkans and the Black Sea region as the epicenter of new conflicts and tension; “Big Players” vying for the increase of their geostrategic and economic influence in the area; EU dilemmas in its Balkan- and Eastern-neighborhood policies; The Balkans & the Black Sea region in a multipolar world-order;

13.30 - 14.30

Moderators’ remarks and conclusions


End of the conference

15.00 - 16.00

Guided visit to the Acropolis Museum


  • Official language is English and participation to the Forum is with a registration fee
  • Topics are indicative and Chapters may be reordered