Kaptur, Kinzinger Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative and European Energy Security

October 31, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI), a strategic partnership of twelve Central and Eastern European nations with the shared goal to foster energy autonomy and resilience through collective financing of new infrastructure projects, increasing connectivity between the Adriatic, Baltic, and Black Seas, and reducing their reliance on Russia for their energy needs.


Three Seas Initiative Membership includes: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.


“For years, Russia has undermined security in Europe by coercing European nations into reliance on Russia for their energy needs, including through the Nord Stream II and Turk Stream pipelines,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Thankfully, twelve of our close allies in Central and Eastern Europe have banded together to increase their energy autonomy through collective financing of energy infrastructure projects: The Three Sea’s Initiative. This resolution makes clear America’s strong support for the Initiative and it encourages the member nations to consider financing of clean energy projects as the world addresses dire climate change crises. Now that Danish authorities have approved the Nord Stream II pipeline, we must now act swiftly to boost the energy security of our European allies by passing this critical legislation as well as sanctioning the pipeline. I wish to thank my colleague, Representative Adam Kinzinger for his critical leadership, and efforts to strengthen the transatlantic relationship through this bill.”


“Russia has long used energy as a weapon to coerce and manipulate our European allies,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “As American energy production continues to rise, we have an opportunity to support our allies in Central and Eastern Europe with an alternative. The Three Seas Initiative will bolster energy independence and infrastructure security in the region, and further show U.S. support in the face of increased Russian and Chinese influence over these countries. I’m proud to introduce this resolution with my colleague, Representative Marcy Kaptur, and applaud her commitment to helping our allies with clean energy projects as we push back on the power grabs by Putin.”


Bill text can be found here.