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The Lithuanian transport sector is planning an essential transformation in order to implement the EU Green Deal

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2020 10 13

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Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr. Jaroslav Narkevič introduced the objective to the managers of the enterprises within the regulatory area of the ministry to prepare a wide programme for the transport sector, aiming to transform the transport sector according to the European Green Deal, to help to restore the sector after COVID-19 crisis and to use the opportunities provided by the new EU facility for that purpose.

 

“As the European Union is giving bigger and bigger attention to reduction of climate changes and to the Green Deal, the transport sector has a big potential to contribute to implementation of this policy by its projects. The Lithuanian sector of transport and communications also claims to have big capacities to implement its programme – to transform to green transport and communications, and to make use of the planned EU financing”, – said Minister of Transport and Communications, J. Narkevič.

 

J. Narkevič and the managers of enterprises subordinate to the ministry discussed the projects of the transport sector that would be of the fundamental significance implementing the EU Recovery and Resilience Plan in Lithuania. The plan could be supported by the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility designed by the European Commission to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges posed by the green and digital transitions.

 

As the transport sector is among the biggest environmental polluters, one of the trends in the transport sector’s reform would be green reconstruction of the transport sector – inducement of use of renewable energy resources, development of infrastructure of alternative fuel filling and charging, and planning of investments into various transport branches. For example, it is possible to invest into the development of alternative fuel filling facility in the whole national network, into “Rail Baltica” construction and electrification of rail network, improvement of air- and sea transport infrastructure through reinforcement of environmental protection, and into other projects that could contribute to reduction of greenhouse gas, and other objectives of environmental protection.

 

Another trend of reform could be directed to digitization of the transport sector – e-mobility projects, installation of 5G connection in transport corridors, and other related means.

 

According to the Minister, this transformation should also apply to the cities. For example, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has a good practice helping the cities to implement their particular goals to reduce environmental pollution and to encourage sustainable mobility through allocation of investments into sustainable mobility plans.

 

“The new facility of the European Union creates an opportunity for us to transform the Lithuanian sector of transport and communications. We foresee two main trends – the sector’s Green Deal and digitization and innovations that will create a basis for high added-value to the transport sector. We plan to prepare a single wide programme of the sector of transport and communications so that we could be ready to realize big changes that would also satisfy the goals of the facility under creation,” – said Minister J. Narkevič.

 

The preliminary application areas of the Recovery and Resilience Facility prepared by the EC are economical, territorial and social cohesion, green and digital reconstruction, competitiveness, resilience, productiveness, education, research and innovations, smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, employment and investments, and stability of financial systems.