From Intermarium to the Three Seas Initiative. Will Ukraine Stay Out of the Way?

The Three Seas Initiative, which is a forum of 12 countries between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea, has a development perspectives. First of all, there is a need for better cooperation between these countries in matters of transport and energy. But Ukraine, which is also interested in this kind of cooperation, is not invited to participate in it.

The goal  of the initiative is to boost economic co-operation among the member states. Ukraine is not an EU member state so it cannot be a full member of the initiative. However, it remains a leading regional partner for Poland. What needs to be done to include Ukraine and other countries located in the Intermarium area in multilateral cooperation? Does the Three Seas project mean crossing out the strategic concept of Intermarium?

The discussion will be moderated by Laszlo Vasa, Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade from Hungary. Their participation confirmed Sergiy Gerasymchuk, Deputy Chairman of the Board and Head of the South-Eastern Europe Studies of Ukrainian Prism and Andrey Okara, Director of the Centre for Eastern European Studies from Russia. Poland will represent Andrzej Bonusiak, Director of the History Institute at the University of Rzeszow and Wojciech Gizicki, Associate Professor at the The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

Poland is still the largest by population country of the Trimarium. What actions should be taken to expand this initiative based on mutual respect and equality among the partners?