Germany is attending a Three Seas Initiative Summit for the first time. For Foreign Minister Maas, his participation in the Summit is also a signal promoting cohesion in Europe: “We want to intensify our relations with our Eastern European neighbours.”
Germany is not a formal member of the Three Seas Initiative, but has been invited to the Summit in Bucharest as a special guest, along with the EU Commission and the United States. Its aim is to set in motion various business, infrastructure and energy projects in the region.
Political talks with parliament, civil society and the German minority
Furthermore, Maas will be conducting political talks in Bucharest with Nicolae Liviu Dragnea, President of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, representatives of civil society and representatives of the German minority.
One of the topics for discussion will be the EU Council Presidency, which Romania will assume in January 2019. In Germany’s view, Romania could serve as a crucial link between the East and the West. Internal reform processes in Romania will also be on the agenda. The planned judicial reform in particular raises several questions.