Three Seas Initiative Presentation Bucharest

The first in a series of presentations “Adriatic – Baltic Sea – Black Sea” took place in Bucharest at the Military Club (Cercul Militar) on October 12th.

The moderators of the discussion were: representative of the Institute of Eastern Studies Marek Marszałek, Manager for Romania, Republic of Moldova and Greece and Dan Dungaciu, Member of the New Strategy Center Scientific Council in Bucharest. The speakers in the discussion were: Bogdan Aurescu, Advisor on International Affairs to the President of Romania, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Andrea Baeva Motusic, President of the European Business Association in Croatia and Gheorghe Magheru, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

The first and very important conclusion of the discussion was the statement that the Three Seas Initiative isn’t a threat to EU cohesion, but it contributes to European community and completes it. The project also aims to strengthen the position of the countries in the region. The main areas of cooperation are transport, infrastructure and energy. The result of this cooperation is the mutual assurance of energy security and counteracting threats in this area (caused, e.g. by Russia’s monopoly on energy). Another important element of the project is the development of transport infrastructure, like Via Carpathia or Via Baltica.

During the discussion, it was said that our priority now should be identifying the most important challenges and problems and finding the right tools for solving these problems. The Three Seas Initiative is an example of such solution.

The problem of financing the project was raised during the discussion on the future development of cooperation in the Three Seas Region. It is important to remember that the initiative can not financially rely only on the European Union ( because of e.g. changes in the EU budget).

The Romanian central administration, academe and business representatives and experts took part in the conferece.

Romanian think-tank New Strategy Center is our partner for this event.

The project has been financed by the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland within the framework of a competition “Cooperation in the field of public diplomacy 2017”.