Baltic countries won't be late to apply for Rail Baltica funding, Lithuanian official says
Friday, September 12, 2014
The Baltic countries will not miss a deadline to apply for EU funding for Rail Baltica if they set up a joint venture for the European-standard gauge railway project in October, a spokesman for the Lithuanian transport minister said on Thursday.
RB Rail, a joint venture of the three Baltic countries that will coordinate the European-standard gauge railway project Rail Baltica, should apply to the European Commission for EU funding in October, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Saturday.
European transport commissioner Siim Kallas, 65, says in an interview to Äripäev that he is proud of Estonia because Estonia has a good image in Europe as a country that is innovative and makes things happen, but warns that economically, the country must move forward, as otherwise it would run out of steam.
Local councils in Estonia's districts that are to be affected by the new Rail Baltica railway route were introduced to the interim report on strategic assessments of environmental impact and comparative results of various routes, according to the country's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.