Lithuania suggested Turkey joining the international “Viking Train” project


2017 09 18


The increasing volume of carriage of goods between Lithuania and Turkey, the necessity to solve the problems that are relevant to carriers and to more efficiently use the opportunities provided by the container train “Viking” project – these were among the major issues of road transport discussed at the meeting of the Lithuanian-Turkish joint commission, held in Ankara.

Both parties reached an agreement on road transport authorisation quotas for 2018 and on additional authorisations for carriers this year. The participants of the meeting exchanged opinions on the possible agreement between the Governments of Lithuania and Turkey regarding the development of international intermodal transport of goods. Turkey was suggested joining the international “Viking Train” project; the meeting also focused on other relevant problems faced by Lithuania’s carriers when transporting goods according to the Lithuanian-Turkish bilateral agreement on international carriage by road.

“Lithuania is interested in developing an efficiently functioning international transport and logistic chain, and this goal is pursued through continued development of intermodal multilateral projects and through invitation of Turkey for closer cooperation,” says Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications Ričardas Degutis, who represented Lithuania at the meeting.

The system of intermodal transport is expected to facilitate international carriage of goods, connect the transport networks of Eastern Europe, the Baltic Sea Region, the Back Sea Basin, the Middle East and the Caucasus, and more efficiently use the opportunities provided by the “Viking” project.

In 2016, the commodity turnover between Lithuania and Turkey was 15.8 per cent bigger than in the previous year and reached the record amount of EUR 347.5 million.

Since 1994, Lithuania and Turkey have signed four agreements: three intergovernmental agreements (on international road transport, on air transport, and on maritime transport) and the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Transport signed in 2013 between the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communications of the Republic of Turkey.