EUR 357.13 million is the EU-cofinancing for Rail Baltica under the first call of the CEF2 covering a EUR 5.4 billion financing to 135 transport projects. In combination with the national co-financing from the three Baltic States the value exceeds EUR 400 million.
The grant agreement, expected to be signed in Q3 of 2022 includes 4 main activities of Rail Baltica. It will support the remaining designs for the mainline in Lithuania including the connection with Poland, as well as the Kaunas urban node and Vilnius urban node, with their regional connections. The funding will also be provided to start the construction works in Rail Baltica mainline on the priority section in Latvia near the Latvian / Lithuanian border and development of detailed technical design for the construction base in Skulte infrastructure maintenance facility. The construction of substructure and associated elements on the mainline in Estonia, including Ülemiste operational point and design works for capercaillie mitigation measures from Pärnu to the Estonia/Latvia border will also benefit the new financing.
The new funds will also include the activities aimed to ensure cross-border dimension and technical interoperability, including Notified Body (NoBo) and Assessment Body (AsBo) assessment services for design and construction works, design author supervision of detailed technical design implementation during construction, supervision of construction works by Resident Engineer (FIDIC), as well as analysing the relevant models for the cross-border section construction procurement.
Of the 870 km of Rail Baltica mainline, design works are ongoing for 640 km of rail, “prioritising the completion of works in sections chosen for construction, and the design and design supervision procurements for Kaunas – Vilnius and Kaunas – Lithuania/Poland border have been launched,” Agnis Driksna, the CEO of RB Rail AS said.
Aside from the new funding, EUR 1.2 billion is the EU-cofinancing for Rail Baltica out of which 85% comes from the Connecting Europe Facility under the 2014-2021 multiannual financing framework.