Black Sea Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum

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 4-5, 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.

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 Secretarial services of the BRAF shall be carried out by the Permanent Secretariat (PS) which is located in Ankara, Republic of Turkey. The BRAF PS will function under the authority of the Chairperson. That authority shall be executed by the Executive Secretary appointed by the RTUK with due prior informing BRAF Members about this appointment.