Baltics mull Rail Baltica, electricity with Poland

Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis met with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday, March 9, in Vilnius as part of a series of meetings between the premiers of the Baltic states and Poland.

After expressing appreciation for the presence of the Polish Army in Latvia as part of the NATO battlegroup, he moved on to encourage Polish participation in the Rail Baltica project. 

"Kučinskis emphasized that it is important that in the future not only Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania but also Poland participate in this project, thus restoring the historical situation when it was possible to travel from Tallinn through Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to Berlin and Paris," said a release from the Latvian government's press office.

Energy projects were also mentioned in the context of possible cooperation with Kučinskis reportedly pointing out that it is very important to move forward with a synchronization project in electricity connections that would ensure the stability of the system at the lowest cost and tariffs in the long run.

The Baltic and Polish transmission system operators are planning to complete a study on the matter by May, and recently received a thinly-disguised hurry-up from the European Commission, as reported by LSM previously. 

Gas projects were also discussed.

"In realizing these projects, we will be less threatened if we are forced to disconnect from third countries," said Kučinskis, with the unnamed "third country" presumably being Russia, upon which the region remains heavily reliant.

Separately, Kučinskis' office said he would be on leave March 12-16 inclusive with Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs and Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola deputising for him


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