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 RBGC First Transnational Roundtable Vilnius 24th November 2011 « Core Corridors and the « Rail Baltica » James Pond DG MOVE European Commission. The patchwork today. New TEN-T Policy Package announced 19th October.

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 RBGC First Transnational Roundtable Vilnius

24th November 2011

« Core Corridors and the « Rail Baltica »

James Pond DG MOVE

European Commission

New ten t policy package announced 19th october
New TEN-T Policy Package announced 19th October

 Followed extensive consultation over two years with the 27 MS and other stakeholders

The existing patchwork of priority projects will be replaced by a single European Core network

At the national level there will be a comprehensive network as defined by the MS themselves to ensure accessibility and common standards

At the Europe wide level there will be a Core network linking all MS and all corners of the EU along the most important axes

It will be implemented by a network of 10 key Core network Corridors

Corridor no 1 baltic adriatic corridor
Corridor No. 1 “Baltic-Adriatic” Corridor






Finance the connecting europe facility
Finance – The « Connecting Europe Facility »

  • The Core network should be completed by 2030

  • EU support of € 50 billion for the CEF of which € 31,7 billion for transport infrastructure

  • Of this € 31,7 billion € 10 billion reserved for 14 Cohesion countries and € 21,7 billion for TEN-T (27 countries)

  • Also € 24 billion general Cohesion funding for transport

  • Rates of EU support will be around 80% for Cohesion spending but only 40% for general TEN-T support

  • Financing will be project led requiring a detailed project pipeline from the MS

The new 1435mm rail baltic project
The new 1435mm « Rail Baltic» project

  • Tallinn via Pärnu, Riga, Kaunas to the LT/PL border with a corresponding extension of new 1435 mm track from the LT /PL border to Ełk

  • Feasibility Study figures:

    • € 3 678 billion investment cost but spread over two MFF

    • line would be mixed use = freight/passenger

    • length of track 728 km (not including the Polish section)

    • route would be twin track elctrified

    • design speed 240 kph maximum

    • journey times Tallinn – LT/PL border passenger = 4.13 hours,

      freight = 10,38 hours

Decision time
Decision Time

  • Joint Statement by the three Baltic Prime Ministers, Tallinn, 10 November 2011

    • Welcomed the conclusions of the Final report of the Feasibility Study

    • Important to start construction of the new line by 2020

    • Agreed to establish a joint venture by the end of 2012 at the latest to implement the project

    • Authorize the three transport ministers to agree a memorandum of mutual understanding at their meeting next month including the establishment of the joint venture and report on progress made before the end of 2012