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Baltics sign agreement on realization of Rail Baltica project
On Tuesday, 31 January, in Tallinn Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis signed an intergovernmental agreement on the realization of Rail Baltica project, as BNN was informed by the prime minister’s presssecretary Andrejs Vaivars.
After the meeting, Kucinskis noted that Rail Baltica project will be realized within specific terms, as it is in the interest of all three Baltic States and the entire region. «I would like to say that progress has been reached in this project’s development – agreements in regards to organization of procurements and supervision have been reached. On a national level, we have reached an agreement on the route and border checkpoints. It has to be realized without delays!» – Kucinskis said.
In order for the signed agreement to officially come into force, it is necessary to ratify it in parliaments of all three countries. The goal of the agreement is to contribute to the realization of Rail Baltica project and ensure the integration of Baltic States and their capitals with EU railway lines and transport networks.
The agreement emphasizes the shared goal of Baltics – to develop Rail Baltica public railway infrastructure, which is a strategic and economically important object for residents and businessmen. «It is an important project not just for Baltic States, but also Poland, Finland and the European Union. Its goal is the development of the European transport network and the Baltic Sea transport corridor,» – Vaivars said.
The agreement affirms the commitment of Baltic States to have the project realized by 2025 to commence the use of the railway line in 2016.