The project for the construction of the transnational railroad Rail Baltica between Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia takes on new significance due to the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

Rail Baltica cooperation

This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to the official website of the project.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine only confirms the need to connect the Baltic States with the rest of Europe, even more – the Russian attack has increased the geopolitical urgency of Rail Baltica,” stressed North Sea-Baltic TEN-T corridor coordinator Katherine Trautmann during the Rail Baltica procurement webinar that took place recently.

She added that Rail Baltica is “a priority for the European Commission and the Baltic States to strengthen the European integration of the Baltic region, and the railway connection from Tallinn to Warsaw is the main missing link in the EU transport network.”

At the same time, during the event, it was noted that companies from the Russian Federation and Belarus will not be able to participate in the project.

“We have no doubt that due to moral, ethical and pragmatic considerations of the project implementation, it is not possible to do business with Russian and Belarusian companies. However, this opens up even more opportunities for other companies in the region,” said Christian Pirssalu, Chief Purchasing Specialist at RB Rail AS.

During the webinar, Rail Baltica’s procurement plan for 2022 was announced for over 2 billion euros.

“We continue to apply for additional funding for priority measures in Latvia and Lithuania under the EU Military Mobility tool,” said Agnis Driksna, CEO and Chairman of the Board of RB Rail AS.

Currently, the Rail Baltica global project already cooperates with more than 200 Baltic and 50 international partners and has more than 150 active contracts worth more than 900 million euros.

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