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Rõivas and Butkevicius spoke mainly of the Rail Baltica project

BC, Tallinn, 21.05.2014.Print version
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas met on Wednesday in Lithuania with Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, speaking mainly of the Rail Baltica project, LETA/Äripä reports.

Taavi Rõivas and Algirdas Butkevičius. Vilnius, 21.05.2014. Photo:

Rõivas confirmed that Estonia supports linking Vilnius with the route, but it cannot hinder fast progress with the main route. "Disagreements have been resolved and cooperation has to continue in the name of creating a joint venture and submitting a joint project application," said Rõivas. "It is important to establish a joint venture company and submit a joint application to CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) in the first round of funding. Otherwise, we risk losing the CEF funding".


The Prime Ministers said that the process has overcome a dead end and the project can stay on schedule.


The Prime Minister further discussed the security situation, Lithuania's rapid economic development and accession to the euro area; also the energy connection and the Visaginas nuclear power plant-related developments.


Rõivas also met with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite to talk about security and European Parliament elections.

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