Construction of the Rail Baltic railway route in Poland and Lithuania is slowly progressing.
Lithuania plans to finish its railway line to Latvia’s borders until 2015. Poland plans to modernize its line to Lithuania by 2020, Lithuanian Television reports.
The work to modernize the 60 km railway route from Warsaw to Sadovny will be finished within two years. 85% of the financing of this project comes from the European Union. In total, Poland is expected to modernize nearly 350 km of railway lines, so that trains would be able to travel at 160-200 km/h.
“Rail Baltic modernization requires enormous funding. There are 120 km of railway lines that need to be modernized from Sadovny to Bolostok; a new line needs to be constructed from Elka to Suwalki. This means at least several billion Zloty. We plan to have the route from Trakiszki to Sestokai to be modernized only in 2020,” – noted the Deputy Transport Affairs Minister of Poland Andrzej Massel.
“Speaking of Rail Baltic, which will connect Poland and Lithuania, we should admit – we have been lazy. Our government has great hopes for the new EU budget,” – notes journalist Jakub Kurasz of Rzeczpospolita. “We often write about this project. This greatly pressures the government. It should be said that Poland does not have a good railway infrastructure”.
Lithuania’s Rail Baltic route will be 335 km long. The first line, Mockava and Sestokai, will cost nearly 4.5 million LVL. According to the government’s plan, the railway line to Kaunas will be finished before the end of 2013.
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European Commission’s Energy Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič has noted that he understands the concerns of countries in North-Eastern Europe as to the planned gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 from Russia to Germany.
After an in-depth review of base expenditures of Latvia’s ministries, officials managed to «find» additional EUR 64 million. This will help expand the fiscal space of the next year’s budget, announced Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola on Tuesday, 31 May.
On Monday, 30 May, European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs supported the creation of a system to manage European Union’s border security. The new European Border and Coast Guard Agency will be its centre. This agency will include the duties currently performed by Frontex and EU Border Guard.
Inara Petersone, Director General of the State Revenue Service, has made the decision to step down because she sees no perspectives for improving the situation in state administration.
In order to secure rational use of public funding allocated to Ventspils University College, Ventspils University College rector Gita Revalde has turned to State Audit with a request to carry out an inspection at the education institution.
Estonian national carrier Nordica is considering the costs and future of its current route to Paris. There are no plans to launch flights to London, Nordica CEO Jaan Tamm has unveiled.
The first days of June will not differ much from the last days of May. Nevertheless, Latvia’s meteorological situation will change sharply once colder masses of air flow into the country from the north.
Chairman of the European Union Council Donald Tusk has on May 30 noted that politicians believing in total integration of the European Union have disregarded the scepticism of European people and suggested that an open discussion on the future of the bloc was needed.
Healthcare Ministry has not taken into account requirements of regulations that govern the return of state budget funds used to educate residents. The ministry has also failed to create an effective mechanism to control the use of said state budget funds.
In its current form, the EU-U.S. upcoming data protection deal would fail to ensure adequate protection of European data sent to the U.S. against surveillance measures, European Data Protection Supervisor evaluates.
More than EUR 1.5 million – this is the amount that was paid to the management of the Bank of Latvia in wages last year. In addition, it is only the visible portion of the bank’s expenditures: this impressive amount does not include service cars often used for personal needs, life and health insurance, paid education, vacation and other benefits, as reported by Diena.
Ukrainian armed forces report that five of their troops have fallen on May 30 in the war in the country’s east that has entered its third year. Separatist forces are also reporting on casualties.
The resignation submitted by Director General of the State Revenue Service Inara Petersone on Monday, 30 May, came as a complete surprise, considering her honest work so far, said Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola, adding that a replacement for her has yet to be found.
On Monday, 30 May, Riga Regional Court decided to put off the viewing of the so-called Lembergs’ criminal case until 6 June.
From 30 May to 9 June, Saber Knight brigade-level command military exercises organized by Danish division will be taking place in Tapa, Estonia. More than 120 soldiers from Latvia’s Infantry Brigade and other armed forces units will be taking part in those exercises.
Lithuania has expressed readiness to import natural gas and crude oil from Iran, Iranian press reports.
In Q1 2016, average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country constituted EUR 827. As compared to Q1 2015, average wages and salaries grew by 5.3 %, moreover growth rate was lower than a year ago.
In cooperation with Chinese investors, Latvian Aerodium opens the world’s first flying amphitheatre. The Flying Dream wind tunnel is located in a unique place – in the middle of the Song Mountain not far from the Shaolin Monastery in China.
In the south-western Estonian town of Pärnu, the country’s first bare product or packaging-free, grocery store has been opened, where customers should have their own jars, plastic bags and containers with them.
International credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s affirms Latvia’s rating at A- level with a stable future outlook, reports the State Treasury.
The anti-missile system to be built in Poland by the U.S. would not be a threat to the security of Russia, stated Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski on May 29.
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