Announcements\ ”The Digital 3 Seas Initiative – Mapping the Challenges to Overcome” report published

17th December 2018, Department for European Integration

”The Digital 3 Seas Initiative – Mapping the Challenges to Overcome” report published

Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) is taking part in the ”3 Seas Digital Highway” project, within which a report under the title ”The Digital 3 Seas Initiative – Mapping the Challenges to Overcome” was published. Senior Associate at IRMO Krševan Antun Dujmović, M.Sc., is one of the authors of this report and analyzed the status of digital economy and cyber security in Croatia.

Other authors who participated in writing of this publication include experts  from the Kosciuszko Institute in Krakow, GLOBSEC Policy Institute from Slovakia, New Strategy Center from Romania, think tank International Center for Defence and Security (RKK – ICDS) from Estonia, and Antall József Knowledge Center (AJKC) from Hungary. IRMO and these institutions, together with the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) from Washington, DC, are also partners within the Digital 3SI project.

Cybersecurity is an overarching dimension that permeates all the pillars of the 3SI. What is more, another pillar emerges and becomes increasingly prominent – the digital one. The full picture of the 3S region cannot be seen without a thorough analysis of the ICT sector, digital skills and industry or 5G, not to mention the most up and coming field of artificial intelligence and robotics.

Providing for cybersecurity should be a basis to conduct further projects within the 3SI. Sectors such as energy, transport and infrastructure, therefore, the areas of the main focus for the 3SI, are inextricably linked with cyber attacks. There will be no cooperation without safe solutions and cybersecurity is a prerequisite.

The empowering 5G is a kind of nucleus for the idea of linking the 3S region by the so-called 3 Seas Digital Highway. It would bridge the gaps in the communication infrastructure by implementing the 5G technology that would eventually complement energy and transport infrastructures built as part of the 3SI projects. The ”3 Seas Digital Highway” would enable better and more secure data transfer from north to south of the region.

The creation of the publication was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Microsoft and Polish Confederation Lewiatan.

The ”3 Seas Digital Highway” project was included in the Three Seas Initiative list of priority interconnection projects at the Three Seas Summit in Bucharest on 17th September 2018.

Launched in 2016 by the countries bordering the Adriatic, the Baltic, and the Black Seas, the Three Seas Initiative is an exceptional effort to increase interconnectivity in the fields of energy, transport, and digitalisation. The initiative aims to deepen integration among 12 EU countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia, and to strengthen economic competitiveness, connectivity and cohesion of the Central and Eastern European region.