Lithuanian representatives signed a declaration on the development of Via Carpatia road

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2010 10 22

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The countries signing the declaration expanded the 2006 initiative of Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Hungary by including into the development of Via Carpatia road the following countries: Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. Readiness of the latter countries to join the Via Carpatia initiative demonstrates the fact that the regional and international importance of the project is increasing and gaining more strength. It is expected that Via Carpatia will add a considerable input to the development of transport infrastructure of Eastern countries of the European Union. 
“Development of Via Carpatia road will be another good example of the successful cooperation between EU member states. Lithuania and Poland have already a certain experience in the implementation of similar initiatives of international importance in road transport. For example, the international Via Baltica project facilitates the improvement of links between Baltic countries with the Middle and Western Europe”, said Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications Arūnas Štaras. 
 
“I am convinced that Via Carpatia will become a particularly important link between the Baltic Sea and South European regions, and will provide more possibilities to eliminate missing links, as well as to solve other related problems. I am pleased that Romania, Bulgaria and Greece have joined this initiative. I consider that this development will strengthen and consolidate the efforts of all our countries seeking to coordinate the development of transport infrastructure development in the Eastern part of the European Union”, noted Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications in his speech.