Rail Baltica employees voice concerns for project's future

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The future of Rail Baltica is in the balance due to poor corporate governance and conflicts of interest, according to a statement signed by 62 employees of RB Rail, the company overseeing the major infrastructure project, the LETA news agency reported November 27.

"Despite the significant progress made on this project, we are very concerned that the Rail Baltica project, generously co-funded by European Union (EU) public funding, is in serious jeopardy due to poor corporate governance and conflict of interest," the statement was reported to have said.

Furthermore the employees - whose names and/or positions within the company were not stated in the news report - claimed that on October 30 this year, following a resignation of RB Rail's CEO they sent a joint statement to the three Baltic prime ministers' offices and ministries of transport requesting immediate action.

"That's why we're sending this letter and also making the announcement of our previous joint staff efforts. We believe society in the three Baltic States deserves to know, and we trust that the Baltic prime ministers will address this situation in trilogue next week," the statement said.

Speaking on Latvian Radio Wednesday evening, Latvian Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits gave veracity to the provenance of the letter by saying said he took the concerns of the employees seriously, particularly regarding problems in RB Rail's management structures, though he also said everything was on schedule as far as the Latvian section of the line was concerned.


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