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[Black Sea Economic Cooperation]by Daniel U. Thibault

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Members of Black Sea Economic Cooperation

Leaders from the countries around the Black Sea held a two-day summit in Yalta. The summit meeting formally established the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) as a regional economic organization. The BSEC was founded in 1992 and includes eleven member countries:

The group's permanent secretariat is located in Istanbul.

Jan Oskar Engene, 10 June 1998

Description of the flag

I contacted Nurdan Yavuzalp, of the BSEC Permanent International Secretariat and she very kindly provided me with an image of the flag and a brief description of its symbolism.

The flag is white on pure blue and shows the BSEC oval logo in its centre, with the organization's usual name across the top ("Black Sea Economic Cooperation") and triple stylized waves across the bottom. The blue field represents the Black Sea, and the wavy lines under the logo reinforce the symbolism by representing the Black Sea's waves (besides balancing the composition). The proportions are 2:3. The flag isn't specifically defined by the Organization's charter and seems to be an ad hoc design.

The logo seen on the flag is a little different from the one seen on the Organization's web page; the former is italic sans serif, whilst the latter is normal serif.

Daniel U. Thibault, 16 October 2001

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