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From Warsaw to Bucharest: The Way Forward for the Three Seas Initiative

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05 June 2018
Washington

Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) are pleased to invite you to participate in a one-day conference at GMF's Washington, DC office that will bring together a group of political leaders, government officials, and experts and will provide a platform for debates on key policy issues. The current conference agenda can be found below. 





The Three Seas Initiative: Background and Outlook 

The Three Seas Initiative (TSI) is an international project that aims to strengthen cooperation in the energy, transport, and telecommunications sectors of Central and Eastern Europe. TSI focuses on sectoral cooperation and deepening integration within the single market of the European Union. The initiative includes Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

The Three Seas region is one of the fastest-growing regions in the EU. Yet, the area is in need for further infrastructure development. TSI was established to help identify barriers to modernization, increase the dynamism of efforts to eliminate these barriers, and achieve greater integration along the north-south axis of Europe. TSI promotes cross-border and macroregional projects of strategic importance across the European Union, benefitting internal cohesion, competitiveness, and increasing the Union’s readiness to cooperate with external partners.
Current TSI priorities include the Baltic-Adriatic Transport Corridor, the Via Carpatia and Via Baltica roads, Rail Baltica and Amber Rail Freight Corridor rail connections, local government initiatives, such as the Central European Transport Corridor, as well as the North-South Gas Corridor.

The presidents of TSI-participating states have met twice:

• August 25–26,  2016 in Dubrovnik

• July 6–7, 2017 in Warsaw

The next summit is planned for later this year in Bucharest; in conjunction with a meeting of representatives of business representatives from the TSI states.

TSI is relevant to the United States’ strategic, long-term interests in Europe. This was confirmed by the participation of U.S. President Donald Trump in a meeting of TSI leaders in Warsaw in July 2017. The initiative follows the vision that has guided all U.S. administrations since the end of the Cold War with the pursuit of Europe whole and free. TSI is a new and positive impulse for the transatlantic partnership and an opportunity to further strengthen relations between Central and Eastern Europe and the United States.


Agenda (Eastern Time Zone):


8:30am Arrival and Breakfast

9:00am  Welcoming Remarks
  • Derek Chollet, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Sławomir Dębski, Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs
9:10am Keynote Remarks

  • Krzysztof Szczerski, Secretary of State, Chief of Cabinet of the President of Poland (via video)
  • Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka, President, National Development Bank of Poland BGK
9:30am Session 1 - Central Europe and the United States: Revisiting the Strategic Bond

  • Jennifer Bachus, Director for Central European Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Bartosz Cichocki, Undersecretary of State for Development Cooperation, European and Eastern Poliy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
  • Margarita Šešelgytė, Associate Professor, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University
  • Amb. Stefan Tinca, Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania
  • Moderated byJamie Fly, Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Geopolitics, Asia Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
10:45am Coffee Break

11:00am Session 2 – Powering the Three Seas—What is the Role for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation? 

  • Sandra Oudkirk, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State 
  • Réka Szemerkényi, Executive Vice President, Center for European Policy Analysis 
  • Piotr Woźniak, Chairman of Board, PGNiG 
  • Moderated byDouglas Hengel, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Luncheon Remarks:

Followed by a Networking Lunch

12:15pm 

  • Dale N. Tasharski, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • Introduced bySławomir Dębski, Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs

12:25pm 

  • Paweł Chorąży, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, Poland
  • Introduced bySławomir Dębski, Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs

1:15pm Session 3 - From Connectivity to Resilience—Strategic Dimensions of Infrastructure Development in Central Europe

  • Col. Jean-Marc Bouillet, Deputy Director, NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence
  • Ian Brzezinski, Resident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council
  • Radosław Domagalski-Łabędzki, Former Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, Poland
  • Julianna Orbán Máté, Director, European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Via Carpatia
  • Moderated byBartosz Wiśniewski, Head of Research, Polish Institute of International Affairs
2:30pm Concluding Remarks

  • Derek Chollet, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Sławomir Dębski, Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs
 
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