Rail Baltica presented to Lithuanian MEPs

Rail Baltica presented Lithuanian MEPsDuring a meeting with the members of European Parliament (MEPs) Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Zigmantas Balčytis and Valentinas Mazuronis, Minister of Transport of Lithuania, Rimantas Sinkevičius, presented the progress of implementation and EU funding opportunities for the project “Rail Baltica”. It was agreed that Lithuanian members of European Parliament will take notice of the importance of this project in Brussels.
“The project “Rail Baltica” has a high importance to both Lithuania and the entire Union. We should collaborate in order for this project of international significance to be implemented smoothly and on time. I appeal to Lithuanian members of European Parliament to provide the European Union Institutions the information on the project to the full extent,” Minister of Transport said.
According to the members of European Parliament, the fact that this European rail infrastructure project is a priority and has to be implemented is confirmed by the European Commission and the possibility of co-funding available under an important financial instrument – CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) cohesion envelope.
“This project is among almost 30 other European projects of the high priority. This is an undoubted merit of Lithuania as well, which among all three Baltic States did the most in implementing the project Rail Baltica. The Ministry of Transport of Lithuania is commendable for the connection to Vilnius,” said the member of European Parliament Zigmantas Balčytis.
The first application for CEF Call for proposals is already submitted to the European Commission. Under the CEF program Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, apply for a total of about EUR 620 million of co-funding under the CEF cohesion envelope. Lithuania for transport projects expects the support of around EUR 165 million.

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