Three Seas Initiative: New Direction Foreign Policy Council Dubrovnik, Croatia, 14 October 2022
Since its founding in 2015, the Three Seas Initiative has grown in importance in the region, uniting the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and becoming the primary forum for discussion of investment opportunities and energy security. However, in the last few years it equally begun to represent the collective interests of nations that have most strongly voiced their objection to Russia’s expansionist foreign policy. The Three Seas Initiative now represents a golden opportunity to boost the economies of the region, and defend the interests of its members on the world stage.
14th October - Friday
Panel Discussion #1
ENERGY AND THE THREE SEAS
Energy Security in the European Union has fast become the biggest challenge facing the continent, with energy prices increasing out of control. The Three Seas Initiative was established to address these challenges – how successful has it been and what options are there in the future?
- Chair: Adam Starzyński – Visigrad 24
- Kacper Płażyński MP
- Liliana Śmiech, Warsaw Institute
- Shahmar Hajiyev, AIR Centre
- Elmars Kehris, Latvian Economists Association
- Anthony Kim, Heritage Foundation
Panel Discussion #2
INVESTMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE THREE SEAS
A key aspect of the Three Seas Initiative is investment in key infrastructure, from rail Baltica connecting East to West, to the Via Carpathia highway system connecting North to South. How important is 3SI investment, and where will it go next?
- Chair: Anthony Kim – Heritage Foundation
- Maria Cholewinska, Promyk Institute
- Adam Starzyński, 3seasEurope
- Neven Vidakovic, Croatia
- Octavian-Dragomir Jora, Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Panel Discussion #3
GEOPOLITICAL CHALLENGES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
Central and Eastern Europe has become the focal point of global tensions in the last few years. From the use of migrants as hybrid warfare on the Polish and Baltic border with Belarus, to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. How can the 3SI help build resilience and strengthen geopolitical cooperation in the region?
- Chair: Robert Tyler – New Direction
- Oleksiy Goncharenko MP
- Fatmir Mediu MP, Chairman of Albanian Republican Party
- Marko Milanovic Litre MP
- Otto Tabuns, Baltic Security Foundation