Wednesday, June 5, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė left for Ljubljana, Slovenia to attend the Summit of the Three Seas Initiative. A bilateral meeting with President Borut Pahor of Slovenia is planned during the visit.
The initiative supported by 12 EU member states aims to connect the Adriatic Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea by shared infrastructure, transport, and energy networks, to jointly implement strategic projects for the people of these regions and contribute to mitigating development differences in those countries.
The Three Seas Initiative is particularly relevant to Lithuania because of the implementation of strategic projects. Last year, projects of strategic importance to Lithuania were included in the list of 48 projects of this initiative – synchronization of the Baltic power grid with continental Europe, transport links Via Baltica, Via Carpatia and Rail Baltica, GIPL gas pipeline between Lithuania and Poland, Viking train connecting Klaipėda and Odessa, and development of Klaipėda LNG terminal in the region.
The Three Seas Initiative Summit will also be attended by the Presidents of Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia, the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia, and the Hungarian Foreign Minister. The representatives of the international institutions will come for the summit in Ljubljana as well: President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Investment Bank and President of the European Bank for Development and Cooperation.
The United States of America, represented by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, show interest in the development of these regions and cooperation opportunities they provide.
Member states have plans to announce a joint political declaration on further goals and guidelines for cooperation at the Ljubljana Summit. A joint business forum is also organized alongside the Three Seas Initiative Summit.
It is the fourth meeting within the framework of the Three Seas Initiative. Previous meetings took place in Dubrovnik, Warsaw, and Bucharest.
Last updated 2019.06.05 09:42Back