''The construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Croatia is a low-risk investment that is not complicated, and it could bring huge commercial benefits to the country very soon'', said Ian Brzezinski, a member of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Advisors Group.
At a panel discussion held in the House of Europe in Zagreb on the 30th of November Croatia's role in the Three Seas Initiative was discussed in order to encourage the country to become a regional leader in strengthening economically and politically the area between the three seas.
The Three Seas Initiative is a political platform which gathers twelve EU member countries of Central and Eastern Europe situated in the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Seas region. It was launched with the main goal of boosting the regional competitiveness and development primarily through the development of energy, transport and communications infrastructure.
Ian Brzezinski, the son of a famous American expert for geopolitics Zbigniew Brzezinski, also emphasized that the LNG terminal in Rijeka would be important not only for countries in northern and southern parts of Europe but for the whole European Union. ‘’Therefore, the government of Croatia should change local conditions in order to enable this north-south energy corridor to become a reality’’, explained Brzezinski.
David Koranyi, the director of the Atlantic Council's Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative said that it was the right moment for the construction of the LNG terminal which would be useful for Croatia due to its good European environment and the proximity of interested gas supply importers.