Minister: Rail Baltica’s joint management model threatens its sustainability
“There is a period when we can improve organizational and managerial sovereignties, but when this so-called improvement threatens the continuity of the project, we have to make it clear whether we are to continue on this path,” Narkevic said at a conference. press release in Vilnius. .
In its own words, Lithuania has been analyzing for some time now whether it would be rational to continue the Rail Baltica process independently.
“With full responsibility I say that for some time now we have been analyzing and making calculations to find out whether independent construction on Lithuanian territory, in accordance with all commitments, would be more rational, faster and ensure that we can implement implement this project by 2026, “said Narkevic.
He assured that such an implementation would not affect the technological integrity of the pan-Baltic project.
According to the minister, Lithuania does not want companies from other states to build infrastructure in its territory, saying Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways), the Lithuanian state railway company, should do so.
But the minister did not say whether the country would consider pulling out of the pan-Baltic company, RB Rail, which is implementing the project.
Latvia and Estonia would like the implementation of Rail Baltica to be more integrated. But Lithuania is resisting and wants to continue to implement the project independently and leave the maintenance of the built infrastructure to Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai.
The Baltic states have been arguing over Rail Baltica’s implementation model for some time. And former RB Rail CEO Baiba Rubesa, who left the company several years ago, also spoke about conflicts of interest within the project.
In the existing management model of Rail Baltica, the project is only partially centralized as RB Rail coordinates the project implementation, studies and cost-benefit analyzes, which is important for all Baltic States, and it is also responsible for the common standard, electrification and the introduction of traffic management systems.
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