State Secretary Kajzer with Polish Undersecretary of State Jabłoński on the construction of new transport and energy infrastructure in Central Europe
Today, State Secretary Tone Kajzer held a video call with Polish Undersecretary of State Paweł Jabłoński to discuss economic cooperation, the current activities in both countries in the framework of the Three Seas Initiative and some other topical issues.
The two high officials expressed satisfaction with the good partner relations and ever-strengthening economic ties between Slovenia and Poland, agreeing that cooperation on infrastructure projects holds considerable potential. With this in mind, they underlined the importance of the Three Seas Initiative aimed at coordinating and financing infrastructure projects in Central Europe.
State Secretary Kajzer stressed that Slovenia actively participates in the Initiative, being keenly aware that the modern physical and digital infrastructure is a key precondition for the continued economic progress of Central Europe. He was pleased to note that a special fund was established within the Initiative intended for the express purpose of financing regional projects, and pledged Slovenia’s contribution into the fund in the amount of EUR 23 million.
State Secretary Kajzer assured Undersecretary of State Jabłoński that Slovenia is keen on bolstering cooperation with Poland on infrastructure projects in the interest of both countries. A prime example is the construction of a second track on the Koper–Divača railway, which is part of the Baltic–Adriatic Corridor connecting the Port of Koper with ports located in the north of Poland.
Undersecretary of State Jabłoński opined that the establishment of the fund is evidence that the Initiative is evolving from a political to an increasingly economic project, and informed State Secretary Kajzer that Poland intends to increase its contribution to the fund. The construction of modern infrastructure connections between the north and the south of Central Europe is one of Poland’s strategic goals. He added that – in addition to transport and energy connections – digital connectivity is vital for the region to be able to assert itself as a science and research hub in the future. The high officials agreed that, in parallel with constructing data-transfer infrastructure, cyber security must be afforded due consideration.