At the meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Baltic States, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip assured that connecting Vilnius to the Rail Baltic railway line is a matter for negotiation between Lithuania and the European Commission. Ansip also stressed that the project’s time schedule should not be influenced by it, and that it is essential for a joint undertaking to be created as soon as possible, as this is a prerequisite for applying for EU funding by this spring.
The issues that have hindered the scheduled progress of the Rail Baltic project were discussed at the meeting. In commenting on the question that caused most discussion – whether Rail Baltic should pass through Vilnius – Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said that he understands completely how important the connecting of Rail Baltic with Vilnius is for Lithuania.
“What the exact location of the line will be, whether through Kaunas alone, or through Kaunas and Vilnius, or through Kaunas with an additional connection to Vilnius, is an matter for negotiation between Lithuania and the European Commission”, the Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister Ansip added that it is important for Estonia for the project to proceed quickly and that the preparation process should not obstruct applying for funds from the EU by this spring.