The project supports the wider EU goals of parity of access to services and infrastructure
The Trans-European railway Rail Baltica, linking Helsinki – Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warsaw and continuing on to Berlin, is to be developed within the territories of the co-operating EU Member States. Rail Baltica will support the wider EU goals of parity of access to services and infrastructure of EU Member States and development of sustainable modes of transportation, improved balance and interoperability between different means of transportation and the establishment of links with the rest of the EU rail network.
Economic integration of Baltic States and Poland with Western Europe leads to growing trade and traffic. Well furnished and sustainable transportation links therefore promote economic growth and integration. While cross-sea ferry traffic in the Baltic Sea Region is growing fast, coast-parallel transport on sea or rail stagnate in contrast to rapidly growing road transport. Passenger railway services from Tallinn to Central/Western Europe ceased.
According to Juhan Parts, the Estonian Minister of Economy and Communications, the prime ministers of the Baltic countries agreed to form a joint venture to move the project forward. The timetable envisages construction starting in 2018 and completion in 2023.
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