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Baiba Rubesa becomes Chairperson of Rail Baltica joint company

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURail Baltica project’s joint management company RB Rail will be managed by Baiba Rubesa, as reported by Latvian Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss.

The joint company’s council chose Rubesa from more than a dozen potential candidates. The council also has to approve her in the post officially.

Currently talks are being carried out with her in regard to work conditions.

As it is known, RB Rail was founded in November 2014 as a joint management company of Rail Baltica. Its base capital is EUR 1.95 million. The company will take on designs, construction and marketing of Rail Baltica railway project.

According to information from Firmas.lv, up until now the company has had a single board member – Edvins Berzins.

Rail Baltica project provides for the construction of a new 1,435 mm or European standard railway line in Baltic States. This project is expected to cost Latvia EUR 1.27 billion. In total, Baltic States will pay approximately EUR 3.68 billion for the project. In spring 2015, a request for funding was submitted to the European Commission in order to launch work in 2016. Future financial assistance is expected to come in the next financial period – 2020.

Transport Ministry adds that the institution accepts residents’ and social organisations’ high level of interest in Rail Baltica. The ministry also understands residents’ concerns regarding any kind of influence over their interests in regard to the environment, private property and other aspects.

Experts are currently assessing the possible level of influence Rail Baltica could have on the environment. When giving green light to experts to survey the planned route for Rail Baltica, Transport Ministry requested them to consider all possible route variants, including connection between Riga Central Railway Station and Riga International Airport. One complicated element of this connection is the crossing of the route with the existing railway in Jelgava. Because of this, experts proposed several solutions, including a tunnel underneath the existing railway line or a straight tunnel through Agenskalns.

‘Āgenskalns – mūsu mājas’ has submitted a request to the Transport Minister to have him attend a meeting organized by the association specifically to discuss the Agenskalns tunnel proposal. Because there are concerns that this association’s aim is not to constructively discuss the project and search for the best possible solution, the ministry asks the association to instead provide information to researchers who are currently engaged in assessing the potential influence of the project on the environment. Multiple public interest groups have been formed in Latvian municipalities during the development of Rail Baltica project. They help experts come up with the best possible solutions.

The current amount of funding requested for the project from EU funds is EUR 238 million. The total estimated costs of the project’s first stage are EUR 294 million.

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