Event: Rail Baltica – a test for the Baltic cooperation. How are we doing?

March 1 at 10:00 in Vilnius, Lithuania

Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University (IIRPS) and RB Rail AS (main coordinator of the Rail Baltica Global Project) are organizing the debate on the Baltic co-operation and Rail Baltica. Together with academics and experts from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania we want to identify enablers and blockers in the current cooperation between the states.

We will be using Rail Baltica as a test case to analyse the Baltic cooperation on political, economic and social levels. The panelists will review the following questions:

1.What common Baltic projects have been implemented?

Political, economic, infrastructure, business, academic, cultural etc.

What are the best examples of Baltic cooperation?

What are the lessons to be learned?

2.What was the key of success or reason of failure?

Politics (domestic, like election cycles/external), different assessment of cost and benefits, different assessment of external threats, collective action and coordination problems, different identity, lack of trust etc.

3.What could be done better in the case of Rail Baltica project?