Rail Baltica crucial, says Baltic Assembly

The Baltic Assembly - an inter-parliamentary organisation founded in 1991 to promote cooperation between the Baltic states - adopted a resolution Friday calling  on all three countries to make the planned Rail Baltica high-speed rail link a reality.

 

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At its 33rd session in Tallinn, the Baltic Assembly adopted a Resolution stressing the importance of the Rail Baltica project for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The Resolution notes that integration in the single market of the European Union is of utmost importance for Baltic economies and the lack of proper land transport infrastructure connections with other Member States of the European Union prevents people and businesses of the Baltic States from taking advantage of all benefits of the European Union, particularly those offered by the single market.

"The Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project will not only remove barriers to the free movement of the population and goods of the Baltic States, but also connect, by means of an environmentally friendly transport infrastructure connection, the Baltic Region and the capitals of the three Baltic States with the rest of Europe," the Resolution states.

At its Tallinn meetng Baltic Assembly also called on the leaders of the three countries to increase the share of GDP allocated to defense; and made an appeal to the European Commission on to support local milk producers.

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