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SPEAKERS ON RAIL BALTIC

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MEPS ON RAIL BALTIC

MEP Petri Sarvamaa, EPP, Finland

“Rail Baltica axis connecting Tallinn to Berlin via high-speed railway is one of the coolest and sexiest ideas boiling in the world of transportation.”

“Railway is the future mode of transportation because of its climate and environment friendliness. When you combine this trend with the huge potential of EU-North-West Russia co-operation, you can only bet the right horse with this.”

“Many things also point to rationale of eventually linking Helsinki by rail via a tunnel to Rail Baltica in the future. We should not limit ourselves to existing model but should instead explore this idea boldly.”

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MEP Roberts Zīle, ECR, Latvia

“A recent agreement reached between EU leaders on the next EU's multiannual budget framework includes a possible 10 billion euro diversion from Cohesion Fund to CEF projects. This means the time is ripe for seriously pushing the Rail Baltic project forward. In this context, it is essential that the Baltic States Transport Ministers reach an agreement on the foundation of a joint company for the implementation of the Rail Baltic project in their meeting in Riga on April 11.”

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MEP Bogusław Liberadzki, S&D, Poland

"Rail Baltica is a crucially important concept for the future of Baltic Basis Region not only as part of the European railway network but also as its lifeline. To move the project forward a strong leadership is needed, which could be facilitated by the European Commission, using inter alia TEN-T resources, Cohesion Funds as well as the Connecting Europe Facility. We should be no longer driven by a long list of obstacles or different groups of interests, but by a concept of European added value based on true benefits. Let us consider how the 4th Railway Package can improve the cooperation of involved infrastructure managers in order to boost not
only rail freight but also rail passenger transport along the corridor.”

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MEP Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, ALDE, Estonia

“Considering the future, it is very important that there is a well connected and well functioning local network in order to make the Rail Baltic work with full efficiency and capacity.”

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MEP Eva Lichtenberger, Greens/EFA, Austria

“It is important to answer some of the crucial questions to this fascinating project concerning transport logistics in the Baltic States. It is not enough to talk about a corridor it must be embedded in the local and regional infrastructure networks. Otherwise the acceptance of the population will never be there and this means also planning noise reduction and connecting international with regional transport be it for passengers or for goods.”

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Henrik Hololei
Head of Cabinet for European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas

"Rail Baltic is a historic opportunity; it is now, first and foremost, up to the three Baltic governments to seize this opportunity."

"There is no doubt that the political support to Rail Baltic is there – that has been voiced by all governments involved. However the realisation of the project depends how this political support is transferred into real actions. Setting up the Task Force has been a good start but we need to move on. Now it is essential to create the Joint Venture that can pursue the project on commercial basis"

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Hannu Penttilä
Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Chair of the RBGC Transport Forum

"It should be remembered that Rail Baltic is much more than only a railway. It is a way to connect cities to each other, promote accessibility of people and create opportunities for business along the chain. This is one of the most effective tools to create wealth and competitiveness along the Eastern side of the Baltic Sea.”

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Eero Pärgmäe
Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Economic Affairs
and Communications, Estonia

"The project has already made countries interact with each other much more and given us new angles to look at things.”

“So probably my main message today is that in order to carry somebody or something in 10 years we have to start to carry them today.”



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