The forum of 12 EU Members States on investment in the economy, transport, connectivity, energy infrastructure, environmental protection, research, development and digital communication in the region between the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black Sea is taking place on 5-6 June 2019 in GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre (GR).
Three Seas Initiative 2019 summit is organised by Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and attended by 9 presidents, including German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and many other key political figures, like President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and the United States Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry. Political stakeholders are joined by some of the key financial players, like the vice-president of European Bank Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Juergen Rigterink and vice-president of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Vazil Hudak. According to experts, the Three Seas Initiative Summit is one of the most important political events on a presidential level in Slovenia since its independence in 1991.
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The Three Seas Initiative has been rapidly growing in importance as a platform for economic cooperation, aimed at connecting Europe and promoting sustainable development, hence it is getting enormous international attention. The initiative combines 12 countries set between the Adriatic, Black and Baltic Sea – Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The main priorities of the initiative are the implementation and development of key policies in the field of energy, transport and infrastructure, and digital networks.
At the summit, the development and phase of current collaborative projects and possibilities for strengthening collaboration in the priority areas will be reviewed. The summit is set in two parts, the business forum, and presidential part. At the business forum, organised and carried out by the Slovenian government, discussions between several ministers will take place. The presidential part is hosted by Slovenian president Borut Pahor. GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre is providing its halls and seminar rooms for this important political meeting and its more than 580 participants from 30 countries.