The joint management model of the European standard-gauge railway project Rail Baltic is already posing threat to the project’s continuity, Lithuania’s Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevic said on Thursday, after hinting about the possibility of building the railway independently without Estonia and Latvia.
In his words, Lithuania has been analyzing for some time whether it would be rational to continue the Rail Baltic process independently.
“There’s a period when we can improve organizational and managerial sovereignties, but when this so-called improvement poses threat to the project’s continuity, we need to clearly say whether we need to take this path any further,” Narkevic told a press conference in Vilnius on Thursday.
“With all responsibility, I say that for some time already we have been analyzing and making calculations on whether independent construction in Lithuania’s territory, in line with all commitments, would be more rational, faster and ensuring that we can implement that project by 2026,” Narkevic said.
He assured that such an implementation would not affect the technological integrity of the pan-Baltic project.
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