Rail Baltica – an Integral Part of the Future Trans-European Transport Network

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2009 10 20

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“By signing the declaration we assume the obligation to further develop active cooperation with the view to making Rail Baltica an important part of the European railway network and contributing to the development of a competitive railway network aimed at cargo transportation” – said Minister of Transport and Communications Eligijus Masiulis.

Rail Baltica project is aimed at creating transport infrastructure available and managed by all parties to the project, which will ensure the connection with other EU member states through Poland.

Bearing in mind the current economic situation, the ministers deliberated the issues of the development of Rail Baltica, which are related to the financing of the project. By confirming the aim to implement this project, the ministers of transport agreed on searching for new technical solutions and financing ways in order to achieve the mutually satisfactory speed of 120 km/hour on the whole of the Rail Baltica section by 2013.

The Rail Baltica project and other priority projects of the Baltic Sea Region and Central Europe will comprise a fundamental transport network at the European level, which is necessary for both the internal market of the European Union and transport links of the EU with neighbouring regions.

Regarding the plans of the European Commission to review the future transport policy of TEN-T and the list of priority projects, the countries participating in the Rail Baltica project support the inclusion of this project into the further policy guidelines of TEN-T.

By the Decision of the European Parliament and the Council of 2004, the project Rail Baltica was recognised as one of 30 priority TEN-T projects of Trans-European Transport Network.