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Ukraine, Moldova Willing To Join Three Seas Initiative

Ukraine, Moldova willing to join Three Seas Initiative

Kiev, Ukraine (PortSEurope) January 15, 2021 – President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of the Republic of Moldova Maia Sandu have held talks and issued a joint statement saying, “We put emphasis upon the willingness to strengthen cooperation with partner countries in Southeastern Europe and the Black Sea region. In this context, we reaffirm our interest in being part of the Three Seas Initiative.”
The Three Seas Initiative is a flexible political platform, at Presidential level, launched in 2015. The Initiative includes the 12 EU Member States located between the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black Seas: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. It aims at stimulating more rapid development of the region stretching between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas. This is to be achieved through both high level and multi-stakeholder commitment to boosting connectivity among Member States, with special focus on infrastructure, energy and digital interconnectivity. Also, the presidents reaffirmed their interest in deepening regional cooperation in order to achieve the strategic goals of the two states as regards full membership in the European Union, including through the implementation of the association agreements with the EU. Ukraine and Moldova also reaffirmed their readiness to continue efforts and joint coordination in order to strengthen the strategic importance of the Eastern Partnership initiative based on the principle of differentiation and taking into account the European ambitions of partner countries, especially in the context of preparations for the 2021 Eastern Partnership Summit. “We consider it necessary to further develop the EU + 3 Associated Partners cooperation format and call on the EU to intensify the dialogue on the DCFTA and extend it to other aspects of cooperation and gradual sectoral integration, including in the areas of justice, digital economy, energy, transport and environment,” said the statement. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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