Lithuania wants EUR 165m in EU support for Rail Baltica project
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Lithuania will individually apply to the European Commission (EC) for approximately 165 million euros in support for Rail Baltica, the European standard gauge railway project. In addition, it will ask for further 20 to 30 million euros through RB Rail, a joint venture established by the three Baltic countries for this project, transport minister has said.
Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania Rimantas Sinkevičius greeted the participants of the Committee on Economics, Energy and Innovations of the Baltic Assembly (BA), emphasising the importance of the project Rail Baltica to both Lithuania and the whole Baltic region, the Ministry of Transport and Communications said.
Latvia's Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss (Unity) has invited Finland to take active part in implementation of the standard-gauge railroad Rail Baltica project and in the work of the Rail Baltica joint venture, noting the project's importance for the entire Nordic-Baltic region, LETA learned from the Transport Ministry.
UK rail companies working in international projects and providing rail infrastructure services such as planning, construction and management of innovative and sustainable railways met the representatives of the Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications. During the meeting, the companies had the possibility to learn more about Lithuania's strategic project Rail Baltica 2 and other rail projects implemented in the country, the Ministry of Transport and Communication said.
The prime ministers of the three Baltic states agreed on Friday on additional two weeks for the final agreement on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, adviser to Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said.
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis met with his Latvian counterpart on the eve of Baltic prime ministers, expressing hope that the neighboring state would support the agreement on liquefied natural gas, which would pave way for applying for European Union (EU) support for gas infrastructure projects of all three states.
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis hopes to reach full stop in the Friday's negotiations among the Baltic prime ministers in an effort to ensure European support to the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. In his words, if the discussions end in failure, Lithuania will seek to end the discussions and move on.
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis is meeting with his Latvian counterpart, Inara Murniece, in the Latvian seaside resort of Jūrmala on Thursday to discuss the positions on the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus.
The Baltic Film Days will be held in Vilnius for the first time at the end of August – it is a unique event featuring Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian productions on the same week in Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, the Lithuanian Film Center said.