Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva talks with Poland’s government plenipotentiary for the Three Seas Initiative, Pavel Jablonski. Bulgaria took over from Estonia the coordinating role of the Three Seas Initiative in October 2020.
“Our goal is to continue the process of regional cooperation and building transport, energy and digital connectivity, to consolidate and expand the achievements of the Initiative, as well as to host a successful and productive summit in 2021, accompanied by a business forum, which will connect companies from the region with strategic foreign investors, “said Zaharieva, who has been appointed by the Council of Ministers as National Coordinator of the Three Seas Initiative.
During the conversation, the two interlocutors discussed key issues related to the Initiative, such as the priorities of the Bulgarian chairmanship, improving the continuity between the countries, hosting the Summit, institutionalization through the establishment of a secretariat of the Initiative, and opening the initiative to external partners to participate in specific projects.
“In January-March, a meeting of the Sherpa Group, a video conference of the national coordinators and foreign ministers will follow, followed by an energy forum organized by the Ministry of Energy and a meeting of the ministers of economy to prepare for the Business Forum , stressed Ekaterina Zaharieva to Pavel Jablonski, who is also Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister.
The Three Seas Initiative was launched in 2016 and it consists of 12 European EU Member States- Bulgaria, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.