The Rail Baltica Remains among Priority Projects to be Financed by the EU


2006 10 23


According to Minister of Transport and Communications Algirdas Butkevičius, the European standard gauge railway line Rail Baltica, which will connect Finland and Poland via Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, remains priority project when developing the TransEuropean network. The declaration signed by Transport Ministers of the Baltic States on 7 September confirms that. The importance of the development of transport infrastructure in the North-South direction for the integration of the Baltic States into the EU was emphasized in the declaration.  

Under the declaration, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have undertaken to draft and co-ordinate the national implementation measures for the Rail Baltica project for 2007-2013 until 1 July 2007. Considering the importance of Poland, the Baltic States’ partner, it is invited to contribute to actions laid down in the declaration and include the project Rail Baltica into the national development plan for 2007-2013.

During the meeting of the Ministers of Transport of Lithuania and Poland held on 12 April 2006 in Vilnius, the Lithuanians proposed to establish a state border crossing point. But the Polish requested to start border crossing point establishment procedures only after the final results of the feasibility study commissioned by the European Commission are received, i.e. in autumn 2006. It was also decided to set up a bilateral working group to consider issues related to railway transport.