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Project Title: Promoting Tea as the engine of growth for the Black Sea Basin Area
Project Acronym: TEAWAY
Project Duration: 24 months
Financial Framework: Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020
Participating countries: Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia.

Project Overall Objective

TEAWAY project focuses on the very specific element of the Black Sea agriculture which is the cultivation/production and marketing of tea. This means that the overall project objective is to Promote and show the local and regional tea products and their procedures to creating new market opportunities. Agriculture is still a substantial or major component of the Black Sea Basin national economies. This means that this sector represents a significant part of export and employment. The project considers tea as an agricultural product which should be among the main goods traded between the BSB countries. This means that the project already at the principle level ensures a coherent compliance with the Programme Priority 1.2.

1. Enhance the capacities of the SMEs and local/regional producers who manufacturing typical and special tea products
2. • Increase of the economic growth in the involved areas
3. • Increase the demand for the Black Sea Tea Production


Tea is one of the oldest and the second most consumed drink in the world after water. Until the end of the 19th century, the production was concentrated in Asia, however, rising global demand for tea have led other countries to cultivate their own tea. Now, it’s produced in 40 countries around the world. Today one of the main growing places is around the Black Sea. Tea arrived in this region through various routes. The Mongols and merchants along the Silk Road were those who introduced tea to the Russians, Turks and Persians, as well as the people of Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan etc. Around the turn of the 20th century and after numerous attempts, tea began to be grown in the mountains between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea. The climate of the Black Sea coast is suitable for numerous agriculture activities and products. The mild, damp oceanic climate of the Black Sea coast makes commercial farming profitable which is also beneficial for tea plantations. These plantations, scattered on the Black Sea shores, are today an integral part of everyday life.

Support SMEs to enhance their innovative business capacities to develop and achieve growth and engage them to innovation

Support the better capturing of the economic growth potential represented by the regional and local manufactured tea

Improve the collection, processing and marketing of tea Products

In Numbers

Tea is one of the oldest and the second most consumed drink in the world after water




Project partners

LEAD PARTNER: Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Xanthi


Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Varna Economic Development Agency


International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis


Armenian Young Women’s Association


Chamber of Commerce of Drama



Promoting tea as the engine of growth for the Black Sea Basin Area – 15th and 16th October 2018 – Xanthi

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Study Tour: – «Esseterre Bulgaria» factory in Dobrich (lavender and lavender oil’s production) – «Social Tea House» in Varna

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Study Tour & Peer Review Meeting in Xanthi 27th and 28th of Feb

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Study Visit Trabzon – March 2019

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Tbilisi, Georgia – Study Tour

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Yerevan, Armenia – Study Visit & Steering Committee Meeting

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Tea & Coffee Festival in Armenia

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February 21, 2020 – Varna, Bulgaria

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Herbal Tea as Medicine

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BSB Project TeaWay at Wine and Food Festival in Varna, Bulgaria

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The 7th Newsletter of ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme is ready to be read

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BSB Project TeaWay at the “Agriculture and Everything about It” Trade Fair

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Xanthi Chamber: Tea and treats in Pilima

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TEAWAY AUDIO BOOK και κείμενο: «Tea is the number one beverage on the planet with amazing taste and the most and the most beneficial properties for the human mind and body»

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Online Seminars on “Organization, Management & Marketing Techniques in the Modern Digital Age”

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A Human Resources Management seminar in the framework of the JOP BLACK SEA BASIN project 2014-2020 TEAWAY

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Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 is co-financed by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood Instrument and by the participating countries: Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

This website has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.
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