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Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis will visit Germany with the heads of the Port of Klaipėda, Lithuanian Railways and carrier associations

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2022 05 04

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Today Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis is leaving for Germany, where he will discuss with the country’s Federal Minister for Digital and Transport Volker Wissing, Minister for Economy and Innovation of Hamburg Michael Westhagemann and other senior officials the possibilities for closer cooperation in maritime and rail transport and logistics, and visit the ports of Hamburg and Lübeck. The Minister will visit Germany on May 5-7.

During the visit, the Minister, together with the heads of the Port of Klaipėda, Lithuanian Railways and carrier associations, will invite German companies to participate in projects for the development of the southern part of the Port of Klaipėda and the wind farm near Klaipėda, also to increase freight traffic by rail.

In order to strengthen the relations between the ports, share experience in developing maritime infrastructure and implement joint projects, the chief executives of the ports of Klaipėda and Hamburg will sign a memorandum of cooperation in Hamburg.

“Germany is a particularly important partner of Lithuania, with which we seek to improve connectivity in all modes of transport. We are making efforts to further diversify freight flows and develop military mobility connections in Lithuania, therefore we are expanding our relations with the major German seaports, as well as looking for solutions to increase rail transport in the Western direction,” says Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis.

During his stay in Germany, the Minister will meet with Jens Meier, Director General of the Hamburg Port Authority, Jan Lindenau, Mayor of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck.

While continuing his visit, M. Skuodis is scheduled to meet with German Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport V. Wissing. The ministers intend to discuss cooperation with German carriers and possibilities for diversifying transport flows in the region. Particular attention will be paid to the development of infrastructure for electric vehicles and other climate-friendly vehicles, as well as alternative fuels.