On 9 November, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Bogdan Aurescu, Advisor to the President of Romania. During the meeting Edgars Rinkēvičs and Bogdan Aurescu discussed the Three Seas Initiative cooperation format, the Eastern Partnership, and security matters.
Both officials were unanimous that the Three Seas Initiative should work as a tangible platform for the implementation of projects in transport, energy and the digital sector. The Presidential Advisor informed the Latvian Foreign Minister about the Three Seas Initiative Summit to be held in Romania in the autumn of 2018.
In the context of security issues, Edgars Rinkēvičs and Bogdan Aurescu concurred on the need for supporting NATO’s open door policy and strengthening cyber defence capabilities. Minister Rinkēvičs highlighted the importance of the so-called Bucharest 9 Format of security cooperation and expressed support for its development.
Twelve EU Member States – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia – support the Three Seas Initiative to ensure political back-up in the implementation of transnational and regional projects, as well as fostering EU values and principles. In September 2015, the Croatian President first presented the idea of setting up such a format for cooperation. August 2016 saw the signing of a declaration, “The Three Seas Initiative”, and the first summit of the initiative took place on 6 June 2017, in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.
The countries working in the Bucharest 9 Format are Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuanian, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and they maintain a regular security dialogue at various levels.
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