House of Commons, London, 25. 10. 2021. A panel, jointly arranged by the Trimarium think-tank and Daniel Kawczynski MP, discussed Global Britain’s potential role in the ‘Three Seas Initiative’, a rapidly growing economic forum in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Three Seas Initiative (3SI) is a club of 12 EU countries (Poland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania) that aims to intensify regional cooperation through energy, digital, and infrastructure projects. The projects are funded via the Three Seas Investment Fund, which has seen the United States and the European Commission as its key external investors.
The panel discussed the economic and political transformation of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the innovative role of the Three Seas Initiative within the geopolitical context.
“Britain is committed to maintaining strong relations with EU member states and the Initiative will secure UK’s interests in Europe.” – said James Rogers, Director of Research at the Council on Geostrategy. He added that “the 3SI provides an additional framework which overlaps with pre-existing security arrangements, which are attractive for the UK”.
Aleks Szczerbiak, Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex, underlined that the Initiative is a very ‘ambitious project’ for countries such as Poland. Adding that whilst the Initiative is not an ‘alternative to the EU’, it could play a key role in the future direction of the EU.
The event was a follow-up from a report commissioned by Daniel Kawczynski MP and experts on the Three Seas Initiative and the Opportunities for Global Britain, published earlier this year. The full report can be found here – https://emerging-europe.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Report-on-the-Three-Seas-Initiative.pdf