Outdated environmental impact study stalls Rail Baltica in Poland
Friday, June 5, 2015
The Rail Baltica project became suspended for years in Poland, when it emerged that the environmental impact study of the border section between the Polish town Bialystok and the Lithuanian border is outdated, and a new survey has to be conducted; it does not affect the project's development in the Baltic countries, Postimees Online reports.
This is the last financial period that Lithuania is entitled to billions of euros in support from the European Union's structural funds. After 2020, the cash flow from the EU coffers will decrease significantly and Lithuania will have to learn to do without the support that currently makes a sizable contribution to its economy. Some economists say that unless the country uses the current funding right, economic growth after 2020 might all but stop. Others are more optimistic, insisting that Lithuania's economy is stable enough to sustain growth even without EU injections.
Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc has expressed her interest in the progress of the Rail Baltica project, as, according to her, the Baltic states are currently a "black hole" which needs to be incorporated in the European Union's (EU) transport network.
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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.