submitted by Lithuania
Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia
Finland* not part of the 3Seas Initiative
- To remove transport infrastructure bottlenecks;
- To build missing cross-border connections;
- To promote modal integration and interoperability.
Rail Baltica is a green-field and upgrade rail transport infrastructure project with a goal to integrate the Baltic States in the European rail network. The project includes directly five European Union countries – Republic of Poland, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Estonia and indirectly Republic of Finland.
The implementation of the Rail Baltica project is financed by the national states — Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia and Republic of Lithuania — and co-funding from the European Union up to 85% of the total eligible costs, in particular in the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding instrument. So far, the three Baltic States and RB Rail AS have received four grants designed under the CEF for the construction of the Rail Baltica railway, having signed Grant Agreements to a total value of 909 million Eur. Additionally, two more Grant Agreements are being drafted (as of August 2020) under 2019 CEF Transport MAP Call, amounting to 216 million Euros, so the combined value of secured funding will reach 1.125 million euros by the end of 2020. **Total Global Project (in Baltic States) value is 5,8 bn. Eur, out of which 2,5 bn. Eur is attributed to the Republic of Lithuania (out of which 0,4 bn. Eur is already secured), **2 bn. Eur – Republic of Latvia (0,4 bn. Eur secured) and 1,3 bn. Eur – Republic of Estonia (0,3 bn. Eur secured). Totally 16% (909 million Eur).