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CEO on Rail Baltica project: «Everything happening with the project is delayed»

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOver the course of Rail Baltica project, its management shared no common goal, the project lacks transparency, and Transport Ministry has not provided sufficient staff to answer questions regarding the project’s progress – these are some of the reasons Baiba Rubesa, CEO of RB Rail, mentioned during the press-conference Thursday, 27 September, to justify her decision to resign.

As she continued listing the catalysts that caused her to submit her letter of resignation, Rubesa told journalists that the project lacks proper management model: «Everything that happens in the project is and will be delayed.»

She mentioned that even though progress has been made with coordination and approval of decisions over the course of the project, there are still questions that remain unanswered.

She also says that the next funding stage remains unclear – it is unknown how things will turn out after 2020 because the situation will likely suffer from Brexit next year. Rubesa says that the matter with Latvia’s budget is also unclear.

She stresses that countries participating in the project have failed to reach an agreement in regards to the project’s main goal – every country continues working to suit its own interests. This is an obstacle for decision-making processes, especially in regards to finances. In addition, the project lacks transparency.

Commenting on her choice to leave now, without waiting for the vote, Rubesa said smiling that she has no doubt that no one will let her remain in her post. She said it became clear to her from comments made by ministry representatives.

«I am no longer in control, so I’ve decided to leave,» said RB Rail CEO.

She did mention that the situation is not catastrophic. «It is possible the project won’t go anywhere, but it is also possible it will,» she said.

Rubesa was appointed as the CEO of RB Rail in 2015. Her term ends in October.

As reported, RB Rail has commenced the search for a new head. According to unofficial information, shareholders would rather see someone from Poland or Finland, not Baltic States.

As BNS was told by RB Rail Council chairperson Rīa Sillave, the company has hired Amrop personnel selection company to help search for the new head. «The contract with the current head of RB Rail ends in October. The council has commenced the search for a new head. Amrop intends to search for the new head in Baltic States, Finland and Poland. An open call will be published in the next of couple weeks. The goal is finding the best possible candidate for Rail Baltica,» she said.

As previously reported, information regarding a conflict between Rubesa and certain RB Rail council members became public at the beginning of the year. During a shareholders meeting 1 February, Estonian and Lithuanian shareholders voted in favour of Rubesa’s dismissal. Latvian shareholder – head of European Railway Lines Andris Linužs abstained in the vote. After the decision was made, Rubesa announced that the management of the company experienced pressure from the true beneficiaries of Rail Baltica project.

Rail Baltica project provides for the formation of a European-standard wide railway line from Tallinn to the Lithuanian and Polish border with a possibility of further extending the railway line to other European member states.

The costs of Rail Baltica will reach EUR 5.8 billion. Part of those costs will be financed using funding from the European Union.


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  1. Zerry says:

    I think big boys involved in corruption style were not too satisfied when Ms. Rubesa was in charge, nor Lithuanians who want to be individualist-soloists to make things as they want, maybe it is kind on kingdom syndrome from medieval years.
    There are so big moneys in this projects, and some Latvians for sure know how to funnel it to pockets too.
    And there are a lot of nice, even high fly visions of infrastructure but no serious vision who will finance it.

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