Lithuania could use EU funds to adapt roads for military needs, defence minister says

EU funds for the military mobility could be used to improve Lithuanian roads and bridges, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Friday.

It’s also important to use the Rail Baltica railway connecting the three Baltic states and Poland for military movement, he added.

“Lithuania’s Armed Forces and the Defence Ministry have submitted [priority] projects to the European Commission,” Karoblis told reporters on Friday.

“This includes the appropriateness of Rail Baltica as well as roads, bridges and similar infrastructure,” he said.

The European Commission has proposed this week to earmark approximately 1.5 billion euros for military mobility in the Union’s 2021–2027 budget.

“I don’t want to specify that amount yet but it is important for us to see the project itself move forward,” said Karoblis. “For us, it’s a litmus test showing whether the European Union is serious about its defence policy.”

NATO and the EU have in recent years focused on improving infrastructure across Europe to speed up the movement of allied forces.

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