President Kaljulaid: digital solutions and smart connectivity give new impetus to the Three Seas economies

According to President Kersti Kaljulaid Estonia made smart connectivity the focus of this year’s Three Seas Summit, finding more efficient ways for using infrastructure. “Estonia’s aim was to give the Three Seas Initiative a more practical dimension and to turn it from a discussion platform into a more concrete cooperation. We have achieved these aims: cooperation on government levels has increased, so has the number of countries who have joined the Three Seas Investment Fund, a Secretariat has been created and we have launched the smart connectivity concept, which outlines ways for more effective use of infrastructure,” the Estonian Head of State added.

According to President Kaljulaid the Three Seas region has lead the economic growth of the European Union for years and better infrastructure connections with smart connectivity will allow our economies to keep growing as quickly. “The Three Seas Initiative has also been one of the more positive examples of trans-Atlantic cooperation and has increased European Union unity. This is proved by the high-level participation of the European Commission on our events, today for example we were joined by the European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager. I believe that the Three Seas will help us jointly build a stronger, greener, smarter and more prosperous Europe,“ President of Estonia stated.

The Three Seas Virtual Summit takes place today in Tallinn, with the virtual participation in the first half of the day of several heads of state of Central and Eastern Europe, the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and several business. The summit focused on new investments and the smart connectivity concept to ensure that the Three Seas region continues to drive the economic growth in Europe.

The Three Seas initiative brings together 12 EU Member States between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic seas: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Its key partners are Germany, the European Union and the United States.

The Three Seas aims to promote cooperation first and foremost for the development of infrastructure in the energy, transport and digital sectors, but also to foster economic growth, to boost the well-being of the region’s population and Europe’s competitiveness, to ensure energy security and an energy market based on open competition and to achieve climate goals via smart investment.

Pictures from the event can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/187379675@N08/albums

Further information about the initiative can be found online at www.3seas.eu

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