The Three Seas Initiative, launched by Croatia and Poland, is an informal political platform of 12 countries located between the three seas — Baltic, Adriatic and Black — with the aim of boosting their energy, transport and infrastructure connectivity.
Addressing the meeting in the Latvian capital city, PM Plenković said that the increased capacity of the LNG terminal to 6.1 billion cubic metres was far above Croatia’s needs.
This increase will enable Croatia to become a regional energy hub, which is also beneficial to our neighbouring countries: Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary said Plenković.
The premier also commented on transport connectivity and highlighted the pan-European 5C corridor from Hungary via Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina reaching the southern Croatian seaport of Ploče.
The Three Seas Initiative was born out of a shared interest in developing transport, energy and digital infrastructure connections on the EU’s north-south axis.
The initiative was launched in 2015 at the proposal of the then Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and her Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.
The very first summit meeting was held in Dubrovnik in 2016, while the initiative’s investment fund now stands at €928 million.
According to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken who addressed the summit meeting via video, new American contributions will raise this amount above a billion euros.
Plenković said that the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund (3SIIF) is the most logical way for making investments in energy, transport and digital projects in Croatia.
The contribution of Croatia’s development bank (HBOR) in this fund stands at €20 million. Croatia is currently proposing 11 projects to be funded under the 3SIIF-financed schemes.
Apart from Plenković, several heads of state or government arrived in Riga for the two-day event.
The executives of several Croatian companies, including Končar, the Luka Rijeka port, and Plinacro, are also taking part in the business conferences in Riga today and tomorrow.
Tourists from the countries covered by the Three Seas Initiative account for 40% of guests visiting Croatia.
This group of countries is interesting for Croatia, and furthermore, they are also part of our Central European identity, said Plenković.
During his visit, he will hold several bilateral meetings, including a meeting with Latvian President Egils Levits and Google Vice-President Karan Bhatia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Riga event via a video link.
The next summit meeting will take place in Romania.
These countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia make up the initiative.
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