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Press invitation to the Kick-Off Conference

Rail Baltica Growth Corridor Kick-off in Helsinki 9 June

Cities and regions along the Baltic Sea have joined forces to start a large project in order to promote railway connections to the region. The project called Rail Baltica Growth Corridor (RBGC) has been granted 3,6 MEUR by the European Union, Baltic Sea Programme for 2011 – 2013. The project will be presented at an official Kick- Off Conference to be held in Helsinki Thursday 9th June 2011.

The aim of the project is to improve the competitiveness and accessibility of the Eastern part of the Baltic. The purpose is to activate and direct efforts in the Eastern part of the Baltic to rapidly promote the development of the Rail Baltica railway link. The conference will for instance discuss a more efficient use of the railways that already exist.

RBGC is linked to the wider concept of Rail Baltica – a railway that will connect the Eastern Baltic Sea Region from north to south branching from St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas and Warsaw to Berlin.

The key-note speakers include European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas and JSC Lithuanian Railways, Director General Stasys Dailydka. The seminar is aimed at representatives of the cities and regional administrations around the Baltic Sea, representatives of transportation and logistics, experts in traffic policy and policymakers. The seminar will end with concluding words by Eikka Kosonen, Head of European Commission Representation in Finland.

The project partnership consists of 21 partners from six countries. These representing cities, regional authorities, research institutes and ministries and national railways as associated organizations. City of Helsinki is the Lead Partner of the Rail Baltica Growth Corridor Project. Aalto University School of Economics CEMAT is the Coordinator.

Media representatives are welcome to participate in the conference in Helsinki City Hall on Thursday 9 June at 9.00 to 16.30. Please register before June 6th by sending mail to address sakari.saarinen@hel.fi. Address of Helsinki City Hall is Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13.

Further Information:
Olli Keinänen, Senior Advisor, City of Helsinki, Administration Centre, International Relations, 0505402260, olli.keinanen@hel.fi
Sakari Saarinen, Planner, City of Helsinki, Administration Centre, International Relations 0401264384, sakari.saarinen@hel.fi

 Web site of the project is www.rbgc.eu