Three Seas can help rebuild economies says president

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President Andrzej Duda has said the Three Seas Initiative could help Poland and Lithuania “rebuild” their economies after the coronavirus pandemic has receded.

The president made the claim while addressing a Polish-Lithunian business forum in Vilnius, alongside Gitanas Nauseda, his Lithuanian counterpart.

The Three Seas Initiative is a regional cooperation project involving 12 EU states lying in a belt between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black seas.

Duda said that the Three Seas was based on solidarity, and that international solidarity had to "be an example of European unity" in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added that the pandemic crisis was driving many businesses into bankruptcy, and that the project could help reconstruction.

"I am sure that the Three Seas Initiative can serve as an instrument with which to rebuild our economies," the Polish president said.

Duda added that enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe were suffering additionally due to the region's inferior road, digital and energy infrastructure. He pointed out that the Polish-Croatian Three Seas project promised to bring improvement in this respect as a complementary process to European integration.

"As a strictly economic project (the Three Seas Initiative - PAP) can be an answer to the problems experienced by enterprise," Duda said.