Prime min­is­ter: Baltics should re­al­ize im­por­tant projects to­gether with Poland

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One of the projects in which Latvia sees good co­op­er­a­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties with Poland is Rail Baltica. Dur­ing his meet­ing with his Pol­ish coun­ter­part Ma­teusz Mo­raw­iecki on Fri­day, 9 March, Latvia’s Prime Min­is­ter Māris Kučin­skis men­tioned that it is im­por­tant to make sure Latvia, Lithua­nia and Es­to­nia work to­gether with Poland in this project.

At the same time, he men­tioned that this sit­u­a­tion may help re­store the sit­u­a­tion when it was pos­si­ble to travel to Ber­lin and Paris from Tallinn through Latvia, Lithua­nia and Poland.

It should be men­tioned that en­ergy projects were also men­tioned in the con­text of co­op­er­a­tion. Kučin­skis men­tioned that by re­al­iz­ing the syn­chro­niza­tion project it is nec­es­sary to pick a sce­nario that would help se­cure sta­bil­ity at the low­est costs and tar­iffs in a long-term per­spec­tive.

«This is why we will con­tinue sup­port­ing syn­chro­niza­tion of Baltic States’ power lines with con­ti­nen­tal Europe through Poland,» said the prime min­is­ter.

Of­fi­cials also men­tioned the need for tech­ni­cal and eco­nomic eval­u­a­tion in or­der to care­fully as­sess in­flu­ence of syn­chro­niza­tion. Baltic States’ and Poland’s trans­mis­sion sys­tem op­er­a­tors plan to con­clude the eval­u­a­tion by May. The prime min­is­ter men­tioned that it is equally im­por­tant to con­tinue work on for­ma­tion of a re­gional gas mar­ket.

«By re­al­iz­ing those projects, we will be less threat­ened in sit­u­a­tions when we are forced to dis­con­nect from third coun­tries,» said Kučin­skis.

As for the EU multi-year bud­get after 2020, the prime min­is­ter men­tioned that it is nec­es­sary for Latvia to re­solve the mat­ter of di­rect pay­ments for farm­ers.

Dur­ing talks, of­fi­cials men­tioned the im­por­tance of do­ing ev­ery­thing to make Europe strong and united.

Kučin­skis said: ‘Poland is an im­por­tant ally and strate­gic part­ner for Baltic States in re­al­iza­tion of large re­gional in­fra­struc­ture projects. Poland is also a part­ner for Latvia in fields like se­cu­rity, eco­nomics and ed­u­ca­tion.’

Edijs Pālens/LETA

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