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Eastern Baltic Sea Region cities commit themselves to support the overall development of Rail Baltica

Rail Baltica Growth Corridor (RBGC) project started officially in a Kick-off meeting in Helsinki City Hall 9 June. 

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas said in his key-note speech that there is a need to form a permanent independent collaboration platform that brings together all relevant stakeholders to push Rail Baltica and development of transport sector. Co-operation mechanism should involve transport ministries, transnational financial institutions, cities along Rail Baltica route and other countries that benefit from the route. 

Rail Baltica is TEN-T Priority Project No. 27 and RBGC is identified in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a development strategy that brings the major cities into closer collaboration. MoU has been signed between Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. In the MoU the countries commit themselves to support the overall development of Rail Baltica. 

RBGC brings benefits for cities and regions, transport sector and citizens by improving the competitiveness and economic potential of the Region. RBGC project will define the relevant transport service actors for freight and passenger traffic and investigate the public sector perspectives towards development of transport networks in Baltic Sea Region.

In April 2010 the Transport Ministries of the three Baltic States initiated a Feasibility Study for a new European gauge Rail Baltica line from Tallinn to the border of Lithuania and Poland. The Contractor of the study, AECOM Ltd. identified and surveyed a number of options and recommended the shortest and fastest route option for detailed analysis. 

The focus of RBGC covers the Rail Baltica countries with a comprehensive project partnership. The total 21 partners consist of cities, regional authorities, universities, and transport authorities, who together address the problems of inadequate and underdeveloped north-south transport connections in the Eastern Baltica Sea Region. 

RBGC includes two concrete pilot activities. The Connectivity Pilot aims to improve the access of passengers to travel information of the Baltic Sea Region by introducing an integrated door-to-door travel planner for the Rail Baltica region. The Logistics Pilot aims to improve the weak cooperation between the logistics centers along Rail Baltica which decrease the competitiveness of the Rail Baltica route.

RBGC is part- financed by the European Union, Baltic Sea Region Programme. City of Helsinki is the Lead Partner of RBGC and Aalto University’s CEMAT is the Coordinating Partner. The total budget of the project is 3,6 MEUR and Project activities are carried out from September 2010 to December 2013.