Three Seas summit to focus on enhanced cooperation among member states

The Three Seas summit scheduled for October 19-20 in Tallinn will be mainly devoted to strengthening cooperation among members of the initiative of 12 countries lying between the Adriatic, Black and Baltic Seas to develop infrastructure and economic ties.

The meeting will also discuss the development of the Three Seas Fund to finance various regional projects, the future of the Three Seas Initiative and a possible attempt to institutionalise cooperation among its member countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said on Thursday.

"At issue is deepening cooperation and information exchange between states, not only at the political but also the operational level, at the level of specific ministers," he added.

Przydacz also said that the Three Seas Initiative is to be a project complementary to the European Union.

"The twelve countries that are members of the Three Seas Initiative are twelve member states of the European Union, and we do not want to create any competitive body here. On the contrary, (we want) to make the best use of the funds allocated by the bloc and other institutions to this part of Europe. For this we need cooperation and coordination," he said.

The Three Seas Initiative is a joint project of the Polish and Croatian presidents that brings together Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.