TALLINN – Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said at a video meeting of Baltic heads of government on Wednesday that in order to ensure European Union financing in as large an amount as possible, the management model of Rail Baltic should be optimized and the deadlines of works adhered to.
During their meeting, Ratas, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis talked about cooperation in the fields of Rail Baltic and energy. The EU transport commissioner, Adina Valean, who also took part in the meeting, laid out before the Baltic leaders the European Commission's vision of the importance of Rail Baltic, the government's communication office said.
"We all were very glad to get an assurance once again that for the European Commission the Rail Baltic is a project important for all of Europe, which is closely connected with the objectives of the Green Deal," Ratas said.
"The Baltic countries on their part must continue to work towards the optimization of the management model of Rail Baltic and adhere to the deadlines of the works to ensure as big as possible EU financing for the project," the Estonian head of government added.
The three prime ministers also discussed topics of energy and talked about the state of affairs in their respective countries when it comes to the containment of coronavirus, including the impact from the partial opening of borders.
Ratas said the potential decision by Poland to restore the free movement of people with the Baltic states is welcome. He also expressed hope that full freedom of travel with Finland will be restored soon.