The Three Seas Initiative is not only important for countries taking part in it but also the European union on the whole, as well as trans-Atlantic relations, concluded participants in a discussion at a business forum held in conjunction with the summit of leaders from the Three Seas Initiative, that connects EU member states from the Baltics to the Adriatic to the Black Sea.
In Brdo kod Kranj, Slovenia, the fourth summit of the Three Seas Initiative continued today. Besides its founders Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and Polish president Andzej Duda, eight other member countries took part. Special guests were the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The plenary session of the Three Seas Initiative, that gathers twelve EU member countries, discussed political relations today.
Yesterday in Ljubljana the event began with a business forum at which projects within the initiative were discussed. These are primarily related to transport infrastructure, energy, digitalization and innovations, which is a new level that was proposed by the hosts Slovenia this year.
Croatia arrived with six projects of which the LNG terminal on the island of Krk is the most important, that should be completed next year. The first deliveries of liquefied natural gas should take place in January 2021. The importance of the investment fund, founded at last year's meeting in Bucharest was also noted.
“The intention of the initiative is firstly for our citizens in Croatia, like in the countries of the other eleven members of the initiative, to have the same opportunities, the same living conditions as citizens of so called, Old Europe. That border can still be seen on the terrain and in a way in the mindset of people. We want to remove this border, we want to achieve actual cohesion and connectivity of spaces,” said Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
Following the meeting the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker will officially visit Croatia for the first time in his mandate.
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