The Three Seas Initiative Summit is a good occasion for Romania to assume the role of a pro-active player in the European Union. Particularly in the period during which Romania will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union, when Romania has to discuss a lot of problems with the EU, this event will consolidate Romania’s presence in the European area, the director of the European Institute for Political Studies Viorel Cibotaru was quoted by IPN as saying in the talk show “Empathies on today” on TVR Moldova.
“The hosting of such a summit implies a pro-active component in the further investment in those economic and business projects and in what we call the architecture of international security,” stated Viorel Cibotaru.
Iulian Groza, director of the Institute for European Policies and Reforms, said this initiative comes first of all to create cohesion at the level of a number of EU member states, especially the 12 countries that take part in this initiative. The interest is mainly dictated by the connection of infrastructure, energy and digital sectors and economic opportunities. In a way, this initiative should create a correlation of the objectives of the Visegrad countries, the Baltic states and the EU member states of Central and Eastern Europe. “This format cannot overlook the importance of the transatlantic ties. Most of the 12 countries are relatively new members of NATO and the transatlantic dimension exists and should be addressed through the angle of economic relations as well,” he stated.
The Three Seas Initiative is a flexible political platform, at Presidential level, launched in 2015. The Initiative includes the 12 EU member states located between the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black Seas: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The Dubrovnik Summit in 2016 opened the dialogue under the aegis of the Three Seas Initiative, followed in 2017 by the Warsaw Summit.