The three seas regional cooperation initiative is taking on a new, local and transboundary dimension.this was stated by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda at the forum “regions of the three seas”, which started on Tuesday in Yasenka, near the South-Eastern Polish city of Rzeszow.
President Duda expressed satisfaction with the “new and important stage in the development of the Three Seas Initiative.”
“By meeting at this Regions Forum, we’re opening a new chapter of the Initiative, we inaugurate its local and cross-border dimension. It is an important step in the implementation of a joint plan for the Three Seas. The Regions Forum meets the postulate of direct participation in the initiative of a wide range of people who are interested in its success,” the Polish head of state said.
Duda recalled that the Three Seas Initiative was established in 2015 in order to strengthen three complementary aspects of regional cooperation: better infrastructural integration of Central Europe within a coherent and unified EU; tangible infrastructural, energy and business projects to be carried out by states located between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black seas; and moving from theoretical and political aspects of cooperation to the practical implementation of plans.
“First of all, we wanted this cooperation to be comprehensive, to be multi-layered, so that not only presidents, heads of state took part in it, but also governments and local governments,” Andrzej Duda said.
Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Austria have agreed to join the Three Seas format, a Polish-Croatian concept of cooperation in the area of infrastructure, energy and economy.