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Baltic States and Poland agree to push Rail Baltica as the main transport policy priority

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Rail Baltica, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, meeting, future, financing, EU budgetOn Friday, 6 December, Baltic and Polish transport ministers agreed during a meeting to continue pushing Rail Baltica as the main transport policy priority in the region. Ministers will continue talks with European Union institutions in association with the EU multi-year budget in order to secure more funding for the project, as confirmed by Latvia’s Transport Ministry.

The next EU multi-year budget covers the period until 2027, when the project is set to end. The project has so far received EUR 800 million of the necessary EUR 5.8 billion.

«Rail Baltica project is important on an EU transport policy level, because in the future it will secure connectivity with Europe via railway, which is more environment friendly both for carrying passengers and freights,» stresses Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits.

Ministries of Baltic States responsible for the project’s implementation are recipients of support from Connecting Europe Facility. Its goal is ensuring the project’s funding is used in accordance with proper finance management principles, the ministry adds.

More on this topic: Estonia’s prime minister: Rail Baltica project unlikely to be finished on time

«The inter-governmental group that consists of representatives from Baltic transport ministries actively works to secure an appropriate infrastructure management model and prepare proposals for this year’s report to CEF and the next one.»

The ministry says discussions about the next EU multi-year budget are in process – so far it has been possible to preserve for the project the maximum allowed EU co-financing intensity at 81%-85% depending on activities – research, design or construction.

«Considering the project’s strategic importance, it comes close to that of military mobility goal, which requires its own financing.»

On 6 December, Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits met with his Estonian colleague Taavi Aas, Polish Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk and Lithuanian Transport and Communication Minister Jaroslav Narkevič to discuss Rail Baltica project and other important topics in the transport sector.


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