Rubesa: Rail Baltica pro­ject will be im­ple­mented sooner or later

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Rail Baltica pro­ject will be im­ple­mented sooner or Latvia, said for­mer CEO of RB Rail Baiba Rubesa in an in­ter­view to 900 sec­onds pro­gramme of LNT.

«It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand that Rail Baltica, I think, is a pro­ject that will be im­ple­mented sooner or later, be­cause it is nec­es­sary. […] Rail Baltica is a po­lit­i­cal pro­ject in the eyes of the Euro­pean Union. It needs to be im­ple­mented both for eco­nomic and se­cu­rity rea­sons,» she said.

At the same time, she ad­mits the pro­ject’s im­ple­men­ta­tion’s terms are cur­rently de­layed, and some are de­layed more than oth­ers. Nev­er­the­less, the pro­ject will be im­ple­mented be­fore 2030. «But this is pos­si­ble un­der the con­di­tion that share­hold­ers – three min­istries in all three par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries – not only speak of sup­port­ing Rail Baltica pro­ject but also do enough to prove their in­ten­tions,» said Rubesa.

She adds there may be a pos­si­bil­ity of a crim­i­nal process be­ing launched in re­la­tion to some pro­cure­ment process of the pro­ject. «None of the present prob­lems have reached a point to war­rant a crim­i­nal process. […] We do try to over­come dis­putes to en­sure the pro­ject ad­vances for­ward. My­self and the com­pany as a whole have had con­flicts with Se­cu­rity Po­lice and Corruption Preven­tion and Com­bat­ing Bu­reau,» said Rubesa.

On Thurs­day, 27 Septem­ber, Baiba A. Rubesa, CEO and Chair of the Man­age­ment Board of the Baltic State’s joint ven­ture RB RAIL AS, sub­mit­ted a res­ig­na­tion let­ter to the Su­per­vi­sory Board of the joint ven­ture, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

Zane Bitere/LETA

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