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.
Following the announcement of the final result of the referendum in the UK that the majority of voters have expressed their will to leave the European Union, British Prime Minister David Cameron has stated he would resign from office by October.
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NATO’s greatest threat is our own inertness and unwillingness to protect our own values, reveals former US ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, who recently read a lecture ‘Why Baltic security is important to United States?’ as part of an event organized by the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation.
Court in Poland has on June 21 given a suspended prison term to a former security officer in relation to the 2010 plane crash when Polish President Lech Kaczyński and 95 other people died.
Compared with April, producer prices declined 0.2% in Latvia’s processing industry in May 2016. The level of prices for products on the domestic market declined 0.2%. Prices of products sold on the export market remain on the level of the previous month, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
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Economic sanctions the European Union has established against Russia have to remain in force for another six months, as agreed upon by ambassadors of the European bloc countries on Tuesday, according to sources.
The Tallinn’s municipality and passenger train company Elron have extended the term of their agreement ensuring registered residents of the Estonian capital will be able to use trains for free within the capital’s city limits until late 2017.
On the day, when summer solstice is celebrated in the Baltics and other countries, the International Yoga Day is marked in Asia and elsewhere since 2016. In India, a mass yoga exercise has been held with the participation of some 30 000 people and 65-year-old Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
German Minister of Economy Sigmar Gabriel is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week to talk about bilateral relations at a time when the German federal government is not entirely seeking warmer ties with the Kremlin.
«Georgia has completed all the necessary requirements to introduce the visa-free regime. Latvia is confident that the approved visa-free regime halting mechanism and Georgia’s law enforcement institutions’ expressed readiness to cooperate with Europe is sufficient to establish a visa-free regime for Georgia’s citizens,» – said Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics.
In Germany, investigation has been launched against the former chief executive officer of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn on suspicion of alleged market manipulations.
Ventspils University College rector Gita Revalde still believes that her dismissal was a political decision that breached the law.
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