Three Seas project necessary owing to Russia-Ukraine war says PM

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that the Three Seas Initiative, which groups 12 EU states on the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas, has been made a necessity by Russia's war on Ukraine.

Speaking to the 3rd Three Seas Local Government Congress, Morawiecki also said the initiative could play a "key role in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine."

Many of the EU's eastern members have been the most passionate supporters of Ukraine, championing its cause on the international arena while also providing vital supplies of military and humanitarian equipment.

Morawiecki said the Three Seas project was not only aimed at helping its members' economies catch up on more developed European countries, but is also focused on the future.

"Aware of the challenges facing us, we plan to work together on energy transformation, hydrogen energy, cyber-security and new technologies," Morawiecki said.

The Three Seas Initiative is a forum of 12 EU states along a north–south axis from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic and Black Seas in Central and Eastern Europe. The initiative aims to create a regional dialogue on questions affecting the member states.

In 2016, representatives of the Three Seas countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia) held their first summit in Dubrovnik, Croatia.