Agenda

Three Seas Virtual Summit and Web Forum

The Three Seas Virtual Summit and Web Forum involving heads of state will focus on the future of the initiative, funding of cross-border infrastructure projects and on the digitalisation of the energy and transport sector. Where the latter is concerned, Estonia will be showcasing  Smart Connectivity vision and the extensive digital experience it involves. More details about online coverage closer to the event.

Rewatch all the panels HERE.

Monday, October 19

14:15-14:30 (EEST)

Opening

Opening words by moderator Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator at Financial Times.

Speakers:

14:30-15:00

Presidents' virtual panel

In this session, presidents of Three Seas countries will be answering one common question regarding the importance of the Three Seas Initiative to every individual country.

In addition, there will be country-specific issues tackled, for example about what the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea regions can gain from the initiative and how the initiative strengthens Europe.

Speakers:

15:00-16:00

Three Seas high-level discussion

We have come a long way in five years, and the Three Seas Initiative is now bearing fruit: cooperation is not only taking place at the level of heads of state, but also at the governmental level; eight countries have already joined or are in the process of joining the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund (3SIIF) created last year; and Estonia has devised a vision of how to digitalise the region’s transport and energy infrastructure and to create a platform for economic growth driven by innovation. 


How do we move forward? What are the key challenges facing the initiative in its fifth year? What does it seek to accomplish in the year ahead, and beyond?



Speakers:

16:00-16:30

Virtual press conference

Virtual press conference and welcoming the next host of the Three Seas Summit in 2021.

Speakers:

16:30-17:30

Smart Money

Europe’s higher-than-average economic growth and its politically supported ambition to significantly enhance transport, energy and digital infrastructure in the Three Seas region have the ability to draw new investments here. Perfect examples of this are the successful launch of the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s pledge to contribute up to one billion dollars to the development of the region’s infrastructure. 


What are the latest developments in regard to the investment fund and what role do participating states see the investments playing?


- Opening statement

Opening statement by the moderator of this panel, Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

Speakers:

- Overview of the 3SIIF: aims, recent developments and future perspectives 

Overview and introduction to the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund by Ms Beata Daszynska-Muzyczka, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund.

Speakers:

  • Beata Daszynska-Muzyczka President of the Polish State Development Bank (BGK) and Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the 3SIIF

- Keynote: 3SIIF – operational basis, current status and fund’s activities and practical value

Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund – operational basis, current status and fund’s activities and practical value.

Speakers:

- Panel discussion (ministerial level) 

Moderated live panel discussion with ministerial level representatives from countries that have shown considerable commitment to the 3SIIF: Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovenia, Croatia and the United States.

The discussion will be moderated by Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

Speakers:

17:30-17:45

Defending Democracy and Connectivity in the Cyber Sphere

Fireside chat between U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach, and Undersecretary for Political Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Rein Tammsaar.

Speakers:

  • Keith Krach U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
  • Rein Tammsaar Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
17:45-18:45

Smart Connectivity

With Smart Connectivity, Estonia is offering solutions for the digitalisation and more efficient use of the energy and transport sectors. The aim of Smart Connectivity is to establish a growth platform for innovative services and to support economic growth based on innovation. This could ultimately lead to the automatisation of road transport and the smart transformation of electricity networks, allowing clients to simultaneously play the roles of energy consumer, producer and saver.

During this block, the focus will be on current trends and developments, the Smart Connectivity vision and the ways of implementing this bold approach in practice.

Speakers:

- Keynote: Smart Connectivity: Driving digitalization in the Three Seas region

Speakers:

  • Pablo Chavez Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy at Google Cloud

- Introduction to Smart Connectivity concept by Estonia

Speakers:

- Expert panel

Speakers:

18:45-19:00

Key takeaways, wrap-up

Speakers:

As the host of the Three Seas Virtual Summit I welcome you to e-Estonia! Here in Tallinn we will be writing another chapter of the initiative together - a chapter in which new investments and smarter connectivity ensure that the Three Seas region continues to drive economic growth in Europe. 
Kersti Kaljulaid President of the Republic of Estonia