3SI Business Forum 2023 - High Level Opening Session
Prime Minister of Romania Marcel Ciolacu opened the official high-level plenary session, beside Presidents of Romania, Poland, Lithuania (the 2024 future host), and Croatia and the Special U.S. Presidential Envoy for Climate.
The immediate investments in the collective infrastructure will strengthen the region and contribute to reducing gaps in the context of the multiple challenges we are going through, highlighted Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu. By interconnecting our region in terms of infrastructure, economy, common defense and digital sector, the regional potential will be maximized.
Also, an important topic was about stopping the oppression and violence against Ukraine and to contribute to the reconstruction of our neighbor and the enlargement of the European Union to include Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the Western Balkans respectively.
„The political and economic foundation of the Initiative is to have an effective cooperation between the government and the private sector. Only in this way will we be able to capitalize on the enormous economic growth potential of the Three Seas Region.
There is certainly a need for investment in the priority areas of the Initiative: regional connectivity to ensure the rapid transport of goods and services; renewable energy, in line with environmental protection standards; the use of smart technologies; and increasing cyber security”, said Prime Minister of Romania Marcel Ciolacu.
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Lithuania chairs the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) and is organising the 3SI Summit and an integral part of the 3SI – International Business Forum on 11 April 2024, in Vilnius. The purpose of the 3SI is to promote faster development and convergence of the region, by increasing the interconnectivity of the member states in the fields of transport, energy and digitalisation, in particular, in the region on the North-South axis, to enhance the EU's cohesion and consolidate the transatlantic partnership of the EU and US. During its presidency, Lithuania will focus on Ukraine and consolidation of transatlantic relations.
President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda met with foreign ambassadors accredited to Lithuania on the eve of the Day of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania.