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Connectivity

07.06.2019

Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
Slovenia hosted the fourth Three Seas Initiative Summit this week, one of the biggest business and political meetings in Slovenia to date. The initiative pursues the goals of economic development of the region, its integration in the wider European region, and consequently greater cohesion of the EU, and the strengthening of transatlantic ties.

The initiative brought together 12 countries between the Adriatic, Black and Baltic Seas: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Eight presidents out of a total of 12 members of the initiative arrived in Ljubljana along with other guests, including the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

The initiative became more economically oriented last year with the business forum that took place alongside the summit in Bucharest. The second business forum at the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Slovenia exceeded expectations both in terms of the number of representatives of business interests (over 600), and the number of countries attending the forum (44).

In the Prime Minister Marjan Šarec’s opinion, the key word in relation to the initiative is ‘connectivity’. In his opening address to the second business forum, he pointed out that only by improving our connectivity, not just north and south, but also east and west, can we provide a better, more prosperous and more sustainable future for our coming generations.


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