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Presidium of the Baltic Assembly submits its letter to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania

On 23 January 2017, members of the Presidium convened a meeting and, among other issues, discussed the latest developments regarding the Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project.

Members of the Presidium share the position that the Baltic States cannot afford to lose the Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project. It is an international cross-border project that connects the Baltic States with the rest of Europe and has a significant added value at the European level. Determined and irreversible development of the joint Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project must be common goal of the Baltic States, as it would ensure fast and convenient rail connection between the Baltic States and the rest of Europe. Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica would thus create the missing link to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and serve as a vital element of the North Sea–Baltic Corridor. Therefore, signing of the agreement of the joint Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project is not only a symbolic step and investment into the future of the region, but it will also lay a solid foundation for the security, welfare and competitiveness of its people.

Recently, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania expressed his hesitancy to sign the agreement of the joint Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project. In response to this statement, the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly has submitted a letter to Mr Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, inviting him to inform the Baltic Assembly about the reasons for his announcement regarding the Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project.