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Ten states have confirmed participation in Three Seas Initiative summit

Kultuurikatel, home of the Three Seas Initiative summit of 2020.
Kultuurikatel, home of the Three Seas Initiative summit of 2020. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

Ten leaders of member states of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) have confirmed their participation at the summit and business forum, scheduled to take place on October 19-20 in Estonia with the host country likely making a decision on the summit's format by the end of August.

Uko Urb, head of communications for the 3SI, said the presidents of ten member states have already confirmed their participation.

In addition, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner of Energy at the European Commission Kadri Simson, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, CEO of U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Adam Boehler and many private sector leaders have also confirmed they will be in attendance in mid-October.

Urb said visitations to the summit will largely depend on the Health Board's assessment of the epidemiological situation, as it stands with the global coronavirus pandemic.

Urb added: "Certainly we will follow developments of COVID-19 around the world, which will also affect the planned summit. We will make a decision in the coming weeks on how it is safest, reasonable and possible to host the top summit and business forum.

"Based on current communication, interest in the Three Seas Initiative summit is large."

The 12 countries that have joined the Three Seas Initative are Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The partner countries of the 3SI are the United States and Germany.

The goal of the summit and business forum is to promote cooperation in the sectors of energy, transport and digital infrastructure, which is why a 3SI fund has been created, which Estonia has promised to participate with an investment up to €20 million.

The summit was initially scheduled to take place in June but was rescheduled due to the spread of coronavirus.

The summit will be hosted by President Kersti Kaljulaid and the event will take place at Kultuurikatel, in Tallinn.


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