TALLINN - Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis are to meet in the framework of the Baltic Council of Ministers in Tallinn on Friday to discuss the Rail Baltic railway project and other regional connections as well as the next long-term budget of the European Union for the years 2021-2027.
"Estonia is coordinating the work of the Baltic Council of Ministers in 2020. One of our priorities is improving the connectivity of the region. We are continuing close cooperation in regional energy and transport projects, such as Rail Baltic and the synchronization of the power grids of the Baltic countries with the system of Continental Europe, which will benefit the entire region," Ratas said ahead of the meeting. "The rapid implementation of regional projects is in our common interest and we need to secure the widest possible support from the next EU budget," he added.
The working sessions dedicated to Rail Baltic and energy will take place on the premises of transmission system operator Elering, where CEO Taavi Veskimagi will give the ministers an overview of regional energy projects and forward-looking ideas. This meeting will also be attended by the ministers responsible for transport in Latvia and Lithuania as well as by a representative of the European Commission.
The European Union budget will be discussed more broadly at a working lunch, when Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner for budget and administration, will join the prime ministers to help reach an agreement on the budget between EU countries. A bilateral meeting between Juri Ratas and Johannes Hahn is scheduled for the end of the day.