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Rubesa might not be approved as head of Rail Baltica project’s joint company

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBaiba Rubesa might not be approved as Chief of the joint company founded to manage European width railway project Rail Baltica, according to information from Panorāma programme.

Complications surfaced because of Lithuania’s protests, as reported by

The council of the joint company selected Baiba Rubesa from more than a dozen candidates. It was then necessary for the council to approve her in the post of Chief of Rail Baltica.

In order to select an appropriate candidate for the post of Chairman of the company’s board, a personnel selection company was attracted. Among potential candidates were experts from different countries. Rubesa was chosen in the end. Currently talks are being held in regard to details of the job contract.

According to information from Panorāma, Lithuania has voiced a protest against Rubesa’s possible salary, stating that EUR 8,000 per month is the maximum agreeable amount.

Rubesa mentioned in her interview that she will not provide any comments on this. «This topic will be discussed by me and the council. I will not comment on anything,» – she said.

Transport expert Talis Linkaits notes this is not the first time Lithuania has an opinion that differs from that of Latvia and Estonia. «I know there have been some differences in opinions, but I do hope these differences will be resolved,» – he said.

Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss mentioned in an interview to Latvijas Radio on 26 August that Rubesa is recognized as the best possible candidate. Matiss added that he hopes the agreement on conditions of the contract will be reached before October, when it is planned to begin work.

He admits talks are being held in regard to ‘certain conditions of the contract’, but he did not comment the matter in more detail.

The joint company of the three Baltic States, RB Rail, was founded in November 2014. Its base capital is UER 1.95 million. This company has been entrusted with development, construction and marketing of Rail Baltica project.


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