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3 Seas Virtual Summit

Oct 19, 2020 from 14:00 till 19:00

The Three Seas Virtual Summit and Web Forum (Summit) was held in Tallinn on 19 October. This time the event was livestreamed and the panels were moderated by journalists and experts. It was opened with a debate between heads of state on the future cooperation between the participating countries. It was followed by presentations and discussions on the funding of international infrastructure projects, and solutions offered for the digitisation of the energy and transport sectors - in which Estonia, as the world's first digital society, will be showcasing the Smart Connectivity vision created to support the development of the Three Seas region.

The list of speakers at the Three Seas Virtual Summit was quite impressive: Presidents of 10 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Also Pablo Chavez (Google), Margrethe Vestager (European Commission) and Gavin Tait (Amber Infrastructure) were taking part in the digital stage.

Three representatives took part in the Summit from Latvia: Egils Levits, President; Edgars Rinkevics, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Juris Puce, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

Egils Levits, President of Latva outlined Latvia's infrastructure development priorities at the opening of the Summit. This includes renewable energy, a high speed rail connection, and a human centered digital economy: "We believe that the success of the Three Seas Initiative lies in the continuous involvement of our partners: the United States, Germany, and the European Commission. Ambition combined with imigration, a clear vision, and a responsible attitude will help us move Three Seas inititative projects from paper into reality."

Edgars Rinkevics, Minister of Foreign Affairs: "Taking part in the Summit and panel on Smart money, Latvia supports inclusive and transparent investments in the region in compliance with international standards. We see that this initiative is an appropriate mechanism. Thanks Estonia for hosting!"

The Three Seas is an effort by twelve European Union Member States - nations residing between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas - to accelerate the development of region's cross-border energy, transport and digital infrastructure.
The Three Seas initiative brings together 12 EU Member States between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic seas: Austria,Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Its key partners are Germany, the European Union and the United States. The initiative aims to promote cooperation first and foremost for the development of infrastructure in the energy, transport and digital sectors, but also to foster economic growth, to boost the well-being of the region's population and Europe's competitiveness, to ensure energy security and an energy market based on open competition and to achieve climate goals via smart investment.

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