VILNIUS – Lithuanian Transport Minister Marius Skuodis is leaving for Poland on Tuesday to attend an international conference on the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and the formation of new logistics chains.
"Poland is an exceptionally important neighbor and strategic partner of Lithuania, with which we are developing the joint strategic transport link projects Rail Baltica, Via Baltica and Via Carpathia, and accelerating their implementation together," Skuodis said in a press release on Monday.
"It is crucial for us to jointly develop the north-south transport corridor from Baltic ports to the Black Sea to provide additional transport links to Ukraine, as well as to ensure greater passenger, freight and military mobility in the region," he added.
Participants of the conference, including transport ministers from Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Greece and other countries, will discuss the revision of the TEN-T network, and the role of national ports and railways in ensuring efficient and uninterrupted logistics chains along the TEN-T corridors.
Other topics to be discussed include the region's military mobility needs and their financing, and further assistance to Ukraine.
The TEN-T network connects the EU's major cities, sea and airport ports, rail terminals and other transport hubs.
It includes Lithuania's key road and rail links: Rail Baltica, Via Baltica, the Klaipeda-Kaunas-Vilnius highway, the Vilnius-Klaipeda railway, the Klaipeda seaport, the airports of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga, and Kaunas' intermodal terminal.
As part of the EU's ongoing revision of the TEN-T policy, Lithuania has proposed to add its planned European standard-gauge railway line from Vilnius to Klaipeda to the new TEN-T network.