After European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated that Lithuania could have avoided the 28-million-euro fine for its state-run company Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) until the last minute, LG CEO Mantas Bartuška says that Lithuania's last offer on the solution to the Renge issue had been made in March.
Mantas Bartuška
Mantas Bartuška
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

In his words, the offer included rebuilding of the dismantled railway stretch and "certain structural changes."

"We had an opportunity to make an offer and we made the offer on correcting the situation, suggesting that we could take on the obligation of rebuilding the Renge tracks and implement certain structural changes. However, the proposals appear to have been unacceptable and the European Commission took the decision," Bartuška told BNS.

He said the proposals had been sent in late March.

"Later we only met and spoke once but this was already in September and the conversation gave me an impression that they already had a decision as there were no longer major talking about options," said the CEO of Lietuvos Geležinkeliai.

Asked whether the March solutions to the problem were different from Lithuania's earlier proposals, Bartuska stated that they clearly indicated Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai's willingness to commit to rebuilding the removed railway tracks and speak about structural changes.

"In addition to the fine, there is a demand to restore the situation to the earlier version, and one of the options is to rebuild the tracks or other instruments. There is still some freedom to talk, however, the clearest message is that a rebuilt stretch would restore the earlier situation," Bartuska told BNS.

During a visit in Vilnius on Tuesday, Vestager stated that Lithuania had the opportunity to come up with a solution to the very last minute and avoid the fine of 27.87 million euros for LG.

Transport and Communication Minister Rokas Masiulis last week said that the government, which took office in late 2016, had not had time or opportunities to avoid the fine for the railway company.

Last week, the European Commission stated that Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai had unlawfully limited competition by dismantling a railway track from Mazeikiai, northern Lithuania, to the Latvian city of Renge in 2008. Lithuania was also instructed to mend the violation, i.e., to rebuild the track or take other steps to restore competition.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Lithuanian company offers solution for international control of coronavirus test and vaccine

After the global coronavirus pandemic began in Wuhan it has affected people all over the world....

Avia Solutions Group to sel Baltic Ground Services Poland

Avia Solutions Group , the largest aerospace business group from Central & Eastern Europe, has...

Paysera has new vice president for development abroad

Starting June 1, Marius Pareščius , IT expert, businessman, and innovator, will be responsible for...

Palanga airport set to reopen with 1st flight since lockdown

Hungary's Wizz Air is on Tuesday relaunching its regular service between Palanga and Dortmund,...

Pandemic threats: how lockdown affected startups

The COVID-19 pandemic faced by the world paralyzed a significant number of businesses ....

Top news

Foreign minister: EU's external borders unlikely to open until late June

The European Union 's external borders may remain closed until late June, Lithuanian Foreign...

Lithuania mulls setting up virtual flag airline

The Lithuanian Transport Ministry proposes to set up a virtual flag carrier to reduce the country's...

Colombian student in Vilnius: once you go to other countries, you open a door that may be difficult to close

Colombian student Jorge Andres Agudelo Zuniga came to Vilnius in 2018 for studies via Australia. He...

Actor Gediminas Girdvainis passes away

Lithuanian theater and film actor Gediminas Girdvainis died at the age of 76 on Wednesday, the head...

3 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Wednesday, 3 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Overall, Lithuania has already...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina