Authors: Dr Tomasz Pawłuszko, Aleksy Borówka, Dr habil. Marta Gębska, Julita Wilczek
This report is a collaborative effort of the “Three Seas” team at the Institute of New Europe. The report is the result of research work carried out among Three Seas Initiative (3SI) stakeholders. Most of the undertakings related to the preparation of the report were carried out during the summer and autumn of 2023. A key element of the project was to conduct interviews and surveys among 3SI stakeholders. Particular emphasis was placed on presenting desirable scenarios for the development of regional cooperation within this format. Specifically, attention was paid to non-political stakeholders, that is, institutions such as development agencies, chambers of commerce, energy, logistics and transport companies. Consultations were also held with local government institutions, universities and think-tanks.
The report discusses opportunities for political and economic development in Central-Eastern Europe, opportunities and barriers to the development of the 3SI from the perspective of stakeholders in the region, indicates good practices for building institutions of cooperation and includes proposed recommendations on how to strengthen the influence of Polish foreign policy in the region.
The report contains recommendations for decision-makers. The target group and addressees of the report are public opinion leaders, representatives of opinion forming groups, journalists, publicists, media, experts, academics, teachers, lecturers, representatives of development agencies, chambers of commerce, local government officials, think tanks, civil servants and diplomats. The publication was created thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Public Diplomacy 2023 programme.
The funds obtained allowed, i.a. to conduct field research, carry out surveys and interviews, and edit this publication. We would also like to thank the people involved in the research process, our interviewees from several countries in the region and the partner institutions of the Institute of New Europe for their efficient cooperation.
The authors’ team
Public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2023”.
The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the official positions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.