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Strong support to Rail Baltica from Finnish Prime Minister Katainen

On 23 April 2012 Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen had a meeting with the Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip in Tallinn

The Prime Ministers' discussions focused on the EU's economic situation, challenges of the multiannual financial framework, and the euro area's future perspectives. As an outcome, the premiers said that Finland and Estonia share similar views on the development of the European Union.

In addition to the EU's economic situation, the prime ministers discussed opportunities to improve the attractiveness, influence and competitiveness of the Baltic Sea region – issues of great importance for both countries.

"I reiterated our strong support for the Rail Baltica project which is to link significant groups of population and industries all the way from Tallinn to Warsaw. A new and fast train connection via the Baltic states straight to the markets areas in Central and Southern Europe would naturally serve the interests of Finland's foreign trade as well. It would also provide excellent opportunities for Finnish businesses in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to expand", said Prime Minister Katainen.

If constructed, the Rail Baltica would be open to traffic at the beginning of the 2020s. "Railways are a viable mode of future transport. Finland is committed to supporting and participating in projects like the Rail Baltica as they significantly improve transport infrastructure in the EU's northern regions and the Baltic Sea states", said Katainen.