VILNIUS - Lithuania has proposed establishing a supervisory committee of vice ministers from the relevant ministries in each of the three Baltic countries to watch over the construction of the Rail Baltic railway.
Lithuania's Transport Ministry said on Thursday the move would aim to ensure the project's clear management responsibility. The project's strategic control and management and implementation solutions would continue to be the competence of the individual countries.
According to the Lithuanian ministry, as the Baltic states continue the discussion on the project's implementation model, Lithuania suggests that they not shift away from the key goal of completing the project in time.
"We recognize the fact that the Rail Baltica's management model should be optimized to make it more effective. We are ready to soon launch public procurement procedures for the construction of the railway line from Kaunas to the Latvian border and to start the construction work in 2021," Lithuanian Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevic was quoted as saying in a statement.
The Rail Baltic project is about the construction of a 870-kilometer railway from Tallinn to the Lithuanian-Polish border.