Listen: Baiba Rubesa and Siim Kallas on Rail Baltica

At the Rail Baltica Global Forum taking place in Riga April 24-25, LSM tracked down two of the best-known figures in attendance, RB Rail chairwoman and CEO Baiba Rubess and former European Union Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas from Estonia. 

Rubesa was hopeful that the current momentum that the project seems finally to have generated can be maintained now that the financial costs and likely benefits are a little clearer.

She was also refreshingly open regarding the possibility of Chinese involvement in the project.

Baiba Rubesa on the future of Rail Baltica

Looking in the other direction was Kallas, referred to during the morning's discussions as "the Godfather of Rail Baltica" for his work in the Commission trying to turn the project into more than a bright idea.

Siim Kallas on Rail Baltica
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