Transport ministers of the Nordic-Baltic countries signed a joint communiqué on the development of the Trans-European Transport Network in the region

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2010 09 22

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At the Meeting have participated delegations of 8 countries: representatives of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland, together with Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian ministers of transport sector. Also at the Meeting participated a high-level representative of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Eric Paquet, who is developing the Trans-European Transport Network policy (EC DG MOVE).
 
The Communiqué contains a joint position of the above countries regarding the development of the Trans-European Transport Network in the region of the Nordic and Baltic countries and formation of new TEN-T guidelines aiming at the favourable TEN-T policy for the whole region. 
 
In the Communiqué it is stated that the EU policy in the Baltic Sea region plays an important role in concentrating common efforts of European countries to improve the economic growth, the development of trade and industry. For reaching this objective it is vital to improve inner and external transport links and to ensure convenient Trans-European Transport links of this region with the neighbouring countries – Russia, Belarus, Norway and Iceland.    
 
The Communiqué foresees main methods and principles of the TEN-T Network development in the region of the Nordic and Baltic countries. It also includes the financing strategy and emphasizes the necessity for the continuity of implementation of priority projects, the “Via Baltica” project being one of these priority projects.