The Three Seas Initiative Research Center

The Three Seas Research Center at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ISP PAN) project

The aim of the project entitled Research Centre of the Three Seas Initiative at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ISP PAN) is to develop scientific research and promote knowledge about the cooperation of thirteen EU Member States located between three European seas: the Baltic, the Adriatic and the Black Sea. The project is implemented at the ISP PAN by a team of researchers led by Professor Agnieszka Orzelska-Stączek of the ISP PAN.

The Three Seas Initiative is an ambitious project of strategic importance. It has become a development catalyst for the Central and South-Eastern European region. This cooperation is developing mainly on the political and economic levels. With the establishment of the Research Centre, we aim to increase the importance of the scientific dimension and cooperation at the expert level.
The main objectives of the Centre include the dissemination of scientific knowledge on regional cooperation and the development of scientific research on the Three Seas Initiative. We also support the development of international cooperation between research and socio-economic actors in the Three Seas region. In this way, the project is in accordance with the objectives of the Science for Society programme, which aims to support higher education and science system actors in developing cooperation between science and socio-economic actors.
The Three Seas Initiative was launched in 2016 at the Dubrovnik Presidential Summit. It includes twelve countries that are members of the European Union. Its main objectives are to strengthen the region’s economy through the development of infrastructure, transport, energy and digitalisation; to strengthen EU cohesion; and to enrich transatlantic relations. The strategic partners of the Three Seas Initiative are the United States, Germany and the European Commission, while Ukraine has the status of a participating partner.

The Thre Seas Initiative Research Centre project is implemented at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ISP PAN), which was founded in 1990. The Institute brings together leading Polish political scientists, historians and sociologists. It is an important centre on the map of Polish research on politics and recent history. The Institute’s mission is to conduct interdisciplinary studies of social and political changes in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular focus on East-West relations.

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