The Three Seas Initiative held its first annual summit in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 2016, and since then has been an important tool for integrating the region through infrastructure projects based on 3 pillars: energy, transportation and digitization.
Generation Freedom is the name of the generation born after the political revolution in 1989. The first generation born in free lands that never experienced communism and whose oldest representatives are now in their 30s. This is a generation that will slowly but surely become a dominant force in Central European politics, business and media.
The Three Seas Generation Freedom Conference is aimed at young people born in the free societies of Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of communism. The event brings together young minds from the region, our future leaders, and enables them to meet journalists, diplomats, academics, businessmen and politicians from the Trilateral region.
Już trzeci rok z rzędu organizujemy konferencję, która w tym roku poświęcona będzie znaczeniu innowacji technologicznych dla jednostek, społeczeństw i narodów.
W konferencji weźmie udział szerokie grono ekspertów oraz przedstawicieli świata nauki i biznesu, którzy swoją wiedzą, talentem i ciężką pracą przyczynili się do powstania innowacji technologicznych, które zmieniły nasz świat. Etyczne korzystanie z nowych technologii może pomóc ludziom, społeczeństwom i narodom w zdobyciu i utrzymaniu szeroko pojętej wolności.
The Three Seas Generation Freedom Conference 2022 was dedicated to the importance of winning and preserving freedom, with the full title of the conference being inspired by a quote from Pope John Paul II.
The Three Seas Generation Freedom Conference 2021 was devoted to the Three Seas Initiative in the perspective of the next 50 years. The speeches delivered by experts from around the world were focused on the future of the region in the context of civilization, technology and business.
The conference was based on several short TEDx-style speeches followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The guests came from academic, business, politics and diplomacy backgrounds, as well as the media. All Three Seas Initiative states were represented at the conference, providing an excellent opportunity to establish valuable relations.
The Three Seas Generation Freedom Conference was also attended by journalists from all Three Seas Initiative countries, as well as several dozen representatives from the fields of business, diplomacy and politics. Speakers at the conference were persons directly involved in the building of the Three Seas Initiative from Poland and abroad, as well as recognized international experts specializing in geopolitical issues. The conference created a space for dialogue between journalists and other guests and layed the foundations for a long-term relationships, supporting the idea of the Three Seas Initiative.
“Strengthening Europe: Building Connections between North and South”
was the motto of the first Three Seas forum in Dubrovnik. This can be said to be the motto that defines the project. The region had previously focused on building infrastructure links across an East-West axis, often leading to Germany.
The Three Seas Initiative aims to link up the region from Estonia in the north through Poland to Bulgaria and Croatia in the south. The concept of the Three Seas Initiative does not assume the creation of alternative structures to the existing ones, but aims to implement new ideas that complement the current mechanisms and strengthen the region within the framework of the European Union.
The priority for the Three Seas Initiative is to build a coherent and well-integrated infrastructure in Central Europe that will make it possible to overcome the infrastructural backwardness resulting from geopolitical history. The Three Seas project aims to reduce infrastructural and economic disparities of the common European market, which will limit the division of the EU into less and more developed areas of integration.
The most important added value of the Initiative is that it ensures political support at the highest level of state authorities for investments, which have remained a neglected field in the cooperation of Central European states. The Three Seas Initiative is thus a pro-European project which is complementary to existing formats of regional cooperation.
The concept of the Three Seas Initiative was endorsed as “an informal platform to mobilize political support and organize determined action on specific cross-border and macro-regional projects of strategic importance for the countries involved in the sectors of energy, transport, digital communications and economy in Central and Eastern Europe”. – Andrzej Duda President of Poland
The Three Seas Initiative was established as a forum for cooperation between 12 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The Three Seas countries constitute almost one third of the European Union’s total area, with more than 112 million people living in the region. The idea of creating a sphere of deepened cooperation, which was named the Three Seas Initiative, was launched in 2015 by the presidents of Poland and Croatia – Andrzej Duda and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. In the declaration adopted at the group’s first summit in Dubrovnik that year, it was emphasized that “the Three Seas countries and their potential create a dynamic region whose development depends, among other things, on the coordination of the entire region’s efforts.”