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Libiszewski pointed to the U.S. manufacturer of railcars, Greenbrier, which has a facility in Poland's Swidnica.

North-South Highway

Poland's ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS), has backed the construction of the 'Via Carpatia' highway, which is intended to run some 7,750-kilometres from the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda on the Baltic to the Greek city of Thessaloniki on the Aegean, passing through most countries of the region along the way.

"The aim ... is to build a communication backbone that will enable an effective and reliable flow of people and goods," Szymon Huptys, the spokesman for Poland's Infrastructure and Construction Ministry, said.

Many fewer people live along the north-south axis than along the region's east-west trade routes. This may create a challenge in convincing investors that any infrastructure project makes sense.

Asked if the Three Seas initiative could gain traction, one western European diplomat said: "We have our doubts."

But the Poles remain undaunted by the challenges, and insist the Three Seas project will help complement moves among older EU member states in western Europe towards greater integration.

"The Three Seas initiative is not an alternative to European integration processes, but is complementary to them and contributes to the renewal of the European project," Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski told Reuters.

(Additional reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Gareth Jones)


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