BLACK SEA BROADCASTING REGULATORY AUTHORITIES FORUM
(BRAF at a glance)
In order to create a platform comprising the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) member states’ broadcasting regulatory authorities, a project proposal prepared by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) of Turkey was submitted to BSEC member states. Accordingly, the proposal was accepted in BSEC Information and Communication Technologies Working Group Meeting, held in Ukraine-Kiev in December 4th -5th , 2007.
In this context, BSEC member states’ broadcasting regulatory authorities convened in BSEC Headquarters, Istanbul, on 30 June 2008 and agreed to release a Joint Declaration declaring the establishment of the Black Sea Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum –BRAF. The representatives of all member states decided to hold annual BRAF meetings for furthering cooperation and discussing the common issues of the Broadcasting sector.
Consequently, the first Annual Meeting of BRAF, preceded by the Meeting of Experts Committee, which prepared the final version of the BRAF Charter, was held in Antalya on 25-26 June 2009. The final version of the BRAF Charter was adopted in the Meeting of Presidents on 26 June 2009 subject to amendments by any party until 01 September 2009. BRAF Charter shall be esteemed to have been ratified accordingly.
According to the Charter, each year one of the member states shall host the annual meetings. The Executive Body has been designed as a “troika”, as practiced by the EU, and consists of the current chair, the predecessor and the successor. The Annual Meeting in 2009 was held under the presidency of Turkey. Hellenic Republic undertook the presidency and assumed to host the Annual Meeting in June 2010.However, the Annual Meeting in 2010 did not take place due to dire economic crisis in Greece, which is still undergoing its consequences.
Therefore, BRAF Permanent Secretariat consulted and informed every Member States on 12 May 2011 about the situation and asked for a volunteer to undertake the Presidency of BRAF 2011. Upon this consultation, Georgia has volunteered to assume the Presidency of BRAF and hosted the Annual Meeting 2011.
The Third Annual Meeting of The Black Sea Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum (BRAF) held on 25-26 May 2012 in Tirana, Albania hosted by The National Council on Radio Television of Albania (KKRT). At the meeting the National Council on Radio and Television of the Republic of Albania assumed Chairmanship in BRAF from Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) for the next term.