President of Hungary: The Three Seas Initiative can be a key element both in our short-term recovery plans and long-term economic strategies
The President of Hungary, János Áder, stresses that in spite of its relatively short history, the Three Seas Initiative has already become a major vehicle of enhancing international cooperation. Hungary actively supports the objectives of investing in joint energy, infrastructure, and IT projects to improve connectivity, increase security and boost economic growth.
Statement by His Excellency János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary on the Three Seas Initiative
In spite of its relatively short history, the Three Seas Initiative (TSI) has already become a major vehicle of enhancing international cooperation in Central Europe.
Hungary attaches great importance to promoting partnerships in our broader geographical area, and the TSI is on the path to play a crucial role in this field. We actively support its objective of investing in joint energy, infrastructure, and IT projects to improve connectivity, increase security and boost economic growth. It is our conviction that the TSI can also contribute to the further strengthening of transatlantic connections.
Joint action within the framework of the TSI has become even more relevant in these difficult times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The current health crisis has not only taken a tragic human toll on our societies, but it has also slowed down the national economies. It demonstrated that adequate connectivity and secure supply chains are vital for our countries’ stable and sustainable development. Thus, the TSI can be a key element both in our short-term recovery plans and long-term economic strategies.
At the October TSI Summit in Tallinn we could advance and highlight one of the first large-scale business cooperation programs in the post-COVID era: a number of projects including not only states, but international financial institutions and third party investors, too. Charting the future of the TSI cooperation, we can now also rely on the successful adoption of the MFF by the European Union.
In the light of these tasks and circumstances, we have high hopes that our forthcoming summit will be a milestone in the evolution of the TSI. I can reassure Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid that I fully support her efforts to bring us closer in Tallinn to the realization of the goals of the Three Seas Initiative.
Implementing the Three Seas priority projects will be a decisive game changer in the sustainable development of our region and of Europe as a whole. The consistent increase in their number reveals the growing level of our ambitions, stated President Rumen Radev, who opened the Sixth Three Seas Initiative Summit today in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.
The Three Seas Summit and Business Forum starts today in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event will be held on 8th and 9th of July, 2021. The host of the event – President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev will welcome in Sofia Heads of state and government as well as high-level representatives of the 12 participating 3SI countries.