Poland at Three Seas Initiative 3rd Summit

On 17–18 September 2018, the Three Seas Initiative (i3) leaders will gather together in Bucharest to jointly discuss about priorities for this border crossing cooperation. The 3rd i3 Summit is hosted by the Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis and will include leaders from the member countries Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Poland will be represented by the President Andrzej Duda.

The Three Seas Initiative is an intergovernmental forum to encourage peaceful dialogue and exchange of ideas on how to strengthen the cooperation among 12 member countries located between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas. It was officially initiated by the Polish and Croatian Presidents Andrzej Duda and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović in 2015. The Polish President Andrzej Duda called the Three Seas Initiative "a new concept to promote Europe's unity and cohesion."

Undoubtedly, the i3 integrates political and economic dimensions, while creating a positive impact on development in the regions concerned. In particular, it is supposed to boost interconnectedness in five critical areas of digital technology, energy, telecommunications, trade and transport. Moreover, the Three Seas Initiative is based on concrete projects such as a transnational highway network 'Via Carpathia' to be open in 2025 and a planned liquefied natural gas infrastructure.

Last year, the Three Seas Initiative gained international attention through supporting remarks by the U.S. President Donald Trump during the 2nd i3 Summit at Royal Castle in Warsaw. "The Three Seas Initiative will transform and rebuild the entire region and ensure that your infrastructure, like your commitment to freedom and rule of law, binds you to all of Europe and, indeed, to the West," said Trump. The 2nd i3 Summit has also given rise to the Three Seas Business Forum.