Daniel Kawczynski MP has published a 10-page report on the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) after interviewing all 12 ambassadors of the participating countries. The report follows the UK’s first official delegation to the Three Seas Initiative (3SI)’s annual Business Forum and summit in July.
The report highlights 3SI’s successes since its inception in 2016, including the development of a commercial 3SI Investment Fund and a plan for 77 priority infrastructure, energy and digital projects.
3SI has also hosted six inter-governmental summits attended by senior officials from the United States, the European Commission, Germany and the UK.
The UK’s Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, addressed the 3SI Presidential Panel at the Summit in Sofia.
Daniel Kawczynski, the MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, says: 3SI is especially important within the context of post-Brexit engagement with EU partners. The UK should further engage with 3SI, to counter the growing influence of Moscow and Beijing in the region in the context of energy security and infrastructure investments.
What is the 3SI?
3SI is an economic bloc of 12 countries, located between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas which coordinates efforts in infrastructure, energy and digital interconnectivity projects.
UK Engagement with the 3SI.
According to the Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas, Wendy Morton MP – “The UK Government supports the aims of the Three Seas Initiative, which align closely with our own: building back better, addressing the drivers of climate change, and addressing our shared geopolitical challenges.”
She added that “the UK continues to explore options for deeper engagement with both the Initiative and the Fund, including sharing expertise on areas of UK excellence on digital, infrastructure, and clean energy.”
The full report can be found here.