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Three Seas Initiative summit in Ljubljana


“Over the past four years the Three Seas Initiative has grown in power and expanded its horizons. Every consecutive summit contributed to its development. I am convinced that the summit in Ljubljana will also follow this path,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during the 4th Three Seas Initiative summit, which this year is hosted by Slovenia.

Three Seas Initiative summit in Ljubljana

On the first day of his visit, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz accompanied President Andrzej Duda during the meeting with Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor and attended the official launch of the exhibition titled “In the search of a Pole’s fate in exile: Emil Korytko (1813-1839) in Ljubljana,” held in Slovenian parliament.

During his visit to Ljubljana, the chief of Polish diplomacy met with Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Miro Cerar. The ministers emphasised the excellent state of bilateral relations and discussed EU agenda issues which are important to the interests of the two countries – mainly the EU enlargement policy. The diplomats also talked about the future and prospects for the development of the Tree Seas Initiative.

Minister Jacek Czaputowicz also took part in the Business Forum, which brought together over 500 participants: the representatives of European institutions, international financial institutions, think-tanks, academia, administration and business from the Three Seas Initiative’s participating countries, EU Member States and the US.

The Business Forum aims to foster business and investment initiatives in the region, discuss the implementation of priority projects and identify potential growth and innovation factors in the Three Seas region. The Forum included business-to-business and business-to-government meetings, as well as political debates which analysed the strategic consequences of Initiative’s growth.

On the second day of the summit, the Three Seas Business Forum featured Leaders’ Panel. “Common Interests, as well as the contribution that all Three Seas countries make to the political, economic and social growth of the EU constitute a significant potential for further development of the initiative,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during the Leaders’ Panel.

Polish foreign minister accompanied President Andrzej Duda also during a working lunch hosted by President Borut Pahor concluding the Three Seas Initiative summit.

The Three Seas Initiative was launched to forge closer ties in the region of the broadly understood Central Europe (between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas), which lay solid foundations for growth in the area of energy, transport, digital communication and economy. It was established as a cooperation forum of 12 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).

The initiative met for the first time in New York on 29 September 2015. The first formal Three Seas summit took place in Dubrovnik on 25 August 2016. Next, summits were held in Warsaw on 6-7 July 2017 – with US President Donald Trump attending as a special guest – and in Bucharest on 17-18 September 2018.

MFA Press Office

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