Minister Dr Logar attends Three Seas Initiative virtual conference
Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Anže Logar attended a video conference of Foreign Ministers and State Secretaries from the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) participating states, where he outlined Slovenia’s views on the further development of institutional ties within the 3SI and closer cooperation process in the wider region of Central and Eastern Europe.
At the conference, also attended by the representatives of the European Commission, Germany, and the USA, foreign ministers exchanged views on the strategic importance and long-term functioning of the 3SI. They discussed the importance of enhancing transatlantic relations, coordinated action with the EU, and strengthening ties between the Initiative and the countries of the wider region.
They devoted special attention to investments in transport and energy infrastructure as well as in digital communications in the region. On this subject, they stressed the need for constructing additional infrastructure connections to be achieved through priority cross-border projects, noting that the 3SI Investment Fund opens up additional possibilities for their co-financing.
Minister Logar emphasised the importance of the 3SI as a forum that brings together heads of state and the increasing role of national governments in putting into operation the coordination projects in the region. He also outlined Slovenia's views on the further development of institutional ties within the 3SI and closer cooperation process in the wider region of Central and Eastern Europe.
In the context of preparations for the Three Seas Summit that will be held in Tallinn on 19–20 October 2020, he highlighted the proactive approach to organising a parallel Business Forum, particularly in terms of encouraging the economic development of the region in the post-pandemic period.
The Three Seas Initiative is a flexible political platform launched by the 12 EU Member States located in Central and Eastern Europe between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The Initiative aims to support regional dialogue and closer links between countries on the North-South axis.