Agenda

Provisional Programme

Sunday, October 18

Morning - Afternoon 

Arrival of Summit Delegations & Business Forum Participants

15:30-17:45    

Side Events, Project Exhibitions, Private Bilateral Meetings

18:30-20:30    

Atlantic Council Leadership Dinner (by invitation only)

Monday, October 19

08:00-09:00    

Registration and Private Bilateral Meetings

09:00-09:15    

Official Forum Opening

09:15-09:30    

Armchair Interview with President Kaljulaid

The Three Seas effort to accelerate the development of energy, transport, and digital infrastructure promises to increase the region’s economic growth, reinforce its economic resilience, and further the vision of an integrated, cohesive, and undivided Europe. This initiative has grown rapidly and Tallinn 2020 aims to be a summit of consolidation. 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?

09:30-10:30   

Panel: Unleashing the Geopolitical and Business Opportunities of the Future

The Three Seas initiative presses on amidst a global environment of increasing geopolitical and economic volatility. What role does the initiative play in Europe’s economic growth and resilience, the effort to achieve the vision of a single European economic market, and geopolitical balancing? How can it leverage the world’s annual flow of one trillion dollars in foreign direct investment? How will it generate economic opportunity for the region, the European market, and global capital? What must the Three Seas define in order for it to succeed?
10:30-11:00

Smoothie Break

11:00-12:15

Panel of the Presidents

12:15-13:30   

General Networking Lunch and Private VIP Lunches

13:30-14:15    

Roads & Rail Lines to Prosperity: The Future of Transport in the Three Seas Region

Modern transport infrastructure is key to cross-border commerce, including the efficient movement of goods and services, the establishment of regional and global value chains, and economic activity that serves our environmental objectives. Yet decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Three Seas region still struggles with under-developed transport routes. What priorities should define the Three Seas transport agenda so that modern and efficient transport infrastructure reduces regional economic inequity, stimulates growth, and maximizes the region’s ability to take advantage of transport technologies of the future?

14:15-15:00    

The Future of Energy Connectivity in the Three Seas Region

Cross-border energy connectivity is a transformative force - one that can propel economic growth and strengthen national and regional economic resilience, which is crucial in this age of great power competition and economic volatility. The development of an integrated European energy market is both a European and a transatlantic priority. How can the energy markets of Central and Eastern European nations be integrated with one another, that of Western Europe, and the global energy markets? What energy policies and regulatory priorities should define the Three Seas initiative?

15:00-15:45    

Shaping the Digital Future of the Three Seas Region

The digital space is an increasingly dynamic driver of economic growth and innovation. To adapt to the 21st century, the Three Seas must be the fastest player in the digital industry. Deploying digital solutions can give a competitive edge that differentiates the Three Seas region from the rest of the world, be it a smart grid or smart mobility, and from sea to space. How can we make the region a spearhead for smart corridors? How can we start deploying interoperability solutions for data and online services? How can the Three Seas utilize telecom- and digital technologies to accelerate the region’s strong economic growth and generate additional business opportunities?

15:45-16:15

Smoothie Break

16:15-17:00

The Three Seas as the Anchor of the CEE and Balkan Regions

The Three Seas will continue to play an important role for the security and stability of the wider Central and Eastern European (CEE) region and the Western Balkans. Economic development in the Three Seas region outperforms the EU average - could it rise even faster with better partnership models? What do neighboring countries expect from this initiative? What are the Three Seas’ economic ties to the region?
17:00-17:25    

Presidents’ Roll Out Ceremony of Declaration

19:30-22:00    

Summit & Business Forum joint Gala Dinner

Tuesday, October 20

10:00-11:00    

Opening of the 2nd Day of the Forum. What Are the Smart Growth Sources for the Three Seas Region?

11:00-12:30    

What Are the Smart Sources of Money for the Three Seas Region?

The Three Seas Initiative has already inspired the birth of a new fund: the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund (3SIIF). This is a 'lighthouse' project for the region and will focus on energy, transport and digital infrastructure. The fund has already generated serious interest among institutional investors like the EIB and DFC.

Considerably higher economic growth than the EU average and smart connectivity ambition backed by the political will of the Three Seas countries are creating a perfect moment for smart money to flow into the region.

What are the criteria for the new smart money for investments? What are the biggest challenges and opportunities for impactful cross-border projects? And how can we accomplish more in the near future despite the post-corona economic outlook?
12:30-13:30    

General Networking Lunch and Topic Lunches

13:30-15:15    

Stream 1: What is the Smart Path of the Three Seas Energy Future?

Efficiency in energy, achieved through the smart utilisation of digital enablers, leads to economic success and competitiveness. The smart energy system of the future will be a consumer-centric one in which citizens take on the role of proactive decision-makers and market-influencers in a digitalised and decentralised system by becoming prosumers – consumers and producers at the same time.

The smart energy concept directly addresses the environmental impact of the energy and transport sectors, but also creates opportunities for the economy, especially the circular economy and the creation of green jobs.

What kind of smart services for prosumers will guarantee the vitality of this system, and how?
13:30-15:15    

Stream 2: How Will Smart Mobility Impact the Transport Infrastructure of the Three Seas? 

The smooth operation of the European network includes the integration and interconnection of all transport modes, while the fragmentation of the logistics corridors in the Three Seas region remains a challenge. Digital interoperability and multi-modality represent a significant forward-looking solution complementing the EU’s efforts to establish and develop a Digital Single Market.

The adaptation of infrastructure to new mobility patterns and the deployment of infrastructure for clean, alternative fuels poses an additional challenge that requires new investments and a different approach to the design of networks and business models. Digital technologies have a key role to play in addressing these challenges to provide smart planning and monitoring tools. How can we make

Three Seas transport investments future-proof for digital innovation and challenges?

13:30-15:15    

Stream 3: What Are the Inspiring Trends to Enable Smart Connectivity of the Three Seas?   

Everybody knows the future is digital. At the same time, people's understandings of the digital future vary from border to border and often even within borders. Whoever manages to spread the interoperability standards necessary for digital services across a wider area will have an enormous competitive advantage.

Whether in the field of digital identity, e-signatures, data exchange, e-invoicing, open data pools or standardised application layers for the private sector for data reuse and services provision, the possibilities are endless. The core path is the same: to make smartly planned investments along connectivity corridors for data gathering, to deploy interoperability enablers such as standards and singular identity for digital services and to make digital infrastructure open and interconnected for developing ecosystems.

Will the Three Seas region be able to implement this?
15:15 - 15:40

Smart Roadmap. Key Takeaways and Closing Words

15:40-18:00    

Closing Drinks, Networking, and Peer-to-Peer Discussions

19:00-22:00    

Business Forum Closing Dinner

Monday, October 19

10:30-11:00

Ceremonial Arrival of the Heads of States to the Venue 

11:00-12:15

Panel of the Presidents

12:30-14:00

Presidents’ Working Lunch

14:15-16:00   

Presidents’ Working Session 

17:00-17:25   

Presidents’ Roll Out Ceremony of Declaration

17:30-18:00 

Press Conference

19.30-22.00 

Summit & Business Forum Joint Gala Dinner

As the host of the Three Seas Summit and Business Forum I welcome you to 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