The Rail Baltica Global Forum brings together executives and decision makers with rail, logistics and economics experts as well as potential suppliers from across Europe in a two-day event. With nearly a thousand anticipated participants, the Global Forum is the place to be for those who are instrumental in building faster, safer and greener European transport network.

In 2019 the Forum will take place in Vilnius (Lithuania) from 3-4 April. Get ready for a showcase of the Rail Baltica potential for economies, people, and enterprises of the Baltic States, Finland and Poland as well as broader Europe. Together we will address important questions such as the financing of the EU flagship infrastructure projects and future management model of the Rail Baltica infrastructure. 

This year, we are adding a new dimension to the Forum by inviting municipalities, regional planners, architects and landscape designers to contribute with their ideas on how to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Rail Baltica in urban and regional development.

PROGRAMME

Day 1April 3, 2019 (DRAFT)

! Please note that this is a draft programme.


9:00–9:30
Registration and Coffee / Networking
9:30–10:00
Opening Speeches

H.E. Saulius Skvernelis
Prime Minister, Republic of Lithuania  
Mr. Henrik Hololei, 
Director-General for Mobility and Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission
10:00–11:30
Ministerial Panel Discussion 
“Rail Baltica Potential for Passengers, Freight and Regional Development”

  • Preface presentation
Mr. Timo Riihimäki, 
CEO and Chairperson of Management Board, RB Rail AS

Moderated by Ms. Catherine Trautmann,
European Coordinator, the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor
11:30–13:00
Working Session I 
“The Future of European Flagship Infrastructure Project Financing"
  • Connecting Europe Facility
Mr. Herald Ruijters, 
Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission
  • EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027
Mr. Petri Sarvamaa, 
Vice-Chair of Budget Committee, European Parliament
  • EU Military Mobility
Mr. Jean-Louis Colson, 
Head of Unit, DG MOVE, EU Commission

Q&A session
13:00–14:00
Lunch
14:00–15:30
Panel Discussion
Railway Infrastructure Management: European Experience and Rail Baltica Needs
  • Preface presentation
Mr. Chris Docker, 
Director, Strategy & International Development, ATKINS, UK  

Mr. Gustaf Engstrand,
Head of Policy and European Affairs, Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies
Mr. Monika Heiming,
Executive Director, European Rail Infrastructure Managers
Mr. Justus Hartkamp,
Deputy Director Corporate Strategy, ProRail
Mr. Edmundas Daukantas,
Lithuania national association of forwarders and logistics
Mr. Arnis Kākulis
Foreign Investors Council in Latvia
Mr. Daivis Virbickas, 
CEO, Litgrid

Q&A Session
15:30–16:00
Coffee Break
16:00–16:40
Working Session II
“Rail Baltica beyond Baltics - Developments in Poland and Finland"
16:40–17:00
Closing Remarks

Day 2April 4, 2019 (DRAFT)

! Please note that this is a draft programme.

MAIN STAGE

8:00–9:30
Registration and Coffee / Networking
9:30–11:30
Opening Session 
"Rail Baltica Global and National Plans in 2019"
  • Welcome speech
Mr. Karolis Sankovski
Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS
  • Rail Baltica Global Project Milestones and Procurement Plan in 2019
Mr. Mart Nielsen,  
 
CTO and Member of Management Board, RB Rail AS
Mr. Kaspars Rokens
COO and Member of Management Board, RB Rail AS
  • Rail Baltica National Plans and Procurement: studies, design and construction
Mr. Anvar Salomets
Chief Technical Officer, Rail Baltic Estonia
Mr. Agnis Driksna,
Director of Development and Cooperation, Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas
Mr. Arenijus Jackus,
Director of Rail Baltica Coordination Department, AB Lietuvos Geležinkelai

Q&A session
9:30–17:00
Suppliers' Meeting Point
11:30–12:00
Coffee break 
12:00–13:00
Working session I 
"Rail Baltica Design phase"
  • Detailed Technical Designs for the Rail Baltica: status, next steps and lessons learnt
Mr. Kaido Zimmermann,  
 
Head of Planning and Design Department, RB Rail AS
  • Territorial planning documentation preparation on the sections in Lithuania:  Kaunas-Vilnius and Kaunas-PL/LT state border
Mr. Karolis Sankovski,
Director of Railway Infrastructure Directorate at AB Lietuvos Geležinkeliai

Q&A session
13:00–14:00
Lunch
14:00–15:30
Panel Discussion 
"Developing Business Partnerships with the Railway Industry in Europe - Rail Baltica experience, lessons learnt and next steps"
  • Preface presentation
Mr. Kaspars Briškens, 
Business Development Manager, RB Rail AS

Mr. Phillipe Citroën, 
Director General, Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE)
Mr. Pedro Fortea
Director General, Spanish Railway Association (MAFEX)
Mr. Neil Walker,
Exports Director, Railway Industry Association (RIA)
Mr. Mats Boman,
Member of the Board, Swedish Rail Industry Group (Swerig)
Luc Aliadière,
Counsellor for European Affairs, The French Railway Industries Association (FIF)
15:30–16:00
Coffee Break
16:00–16:50
Working Session III 
"Vision for Rail Baltica – outlook for passenger and freight services, rolling stock, and infrastructure maintenance"
16:15- 16:30
Closing remarks


SOCIAL DIMENSION STAGE

12:00–13:00
Working Session II
"Rail Baltica Visual Identity: Architectural and Visual Landscaping Guidelines"

Mr. Mārtiņš Ulāns,
Senior Spatial Planning Specialist, RB Rail AS
Mr. Michele Amerio,
Technical Director, 3TI PROGETTI S.p.A
13:00–14:00  Lunch
14:00–15:30 Workshop with Municipalities (by invitations only)
"Detailed technical designs, spatial planning, environmental impact assessments on the Rail Baltica route"

Mr. Kaupo Sirk, 
Head of Civil Works and Stations, RB Rail AS
Mr. Aivar Jaeski, 
Country Manager for Estonia, RB Rail AS
Mr. Ģirts Bramans, 
Country Manager for Latvia, RB Rail AS
Mr. Arturas Vilimas, 
Country Manager for Lithuania, RB Rail AS
15:30–16:00
Coffee Break
14:00–17:00 Architectural and Visual Landscaping Guidelines stakeholder workshop for Lithuania (by invitations only)

Speakers

Catherine Trautmann
Catherine Trautmann The European Coordinator, the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor
Herald Ruijters
Herald Ruijters Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission
Jean-Louis Colson
Jean-Louis Colson Head of Unit, DG MOVE, EU Commission
Ignas Degutis
Ignas Degutis CFO and Member of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
Kaspars Rokens
Kaspars Rokens COO and Member of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
Jean-Marc Bedmar
Jean-Marc Bedmar Head of Systems and Operation Department, RB Rail AS
Kaido Zimmermann
Kaido Zimmermann Head of Planning and Design Department, RB Rail AS
Petri Sarvamaa
Petri Sarvamaa Vice-Chair of Budget Committee, European Parliament
Philippe Citroën
Philippe Citroën Director General, UNIFE
Chris Docker
Chris Docker Director, Strategy & International Development, ATKINS, UK
Karolis Sankovski
Karolis Sankovski Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS and Director of Railway Infrastructure Directorate, Lietuvos Geležinkeliai AB
Mart Nielsen
Mart Nielsen CTO and Member of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
Monika Heiming
Monika Heiming Executive Director, European Rail Infrastructure Managers
Timo Riihimäki
Timo Riihimäki CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
Pedro Fortea
Pedro Fortea General Director and Executive Vice President, Mafex (The Spanish Railway Association)
Anvar Salomets
Anvar Salomets Chief Technical Officer, Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ
Agnis Driksna
Agnis Driksna Director of Development and Communication Department, Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas
Arenijus Jackus
Arenijus Jackus Director of Rail Baltica Coordination Department, Lietuvos Geležinkelai
Kaspars Briškens
Kaspars Briškens Business Development Manager, RB Rail AS
Aivar Jaeski
Aivar Jaeski Country Manager Estonia and Finland, RB Rail AS
Ģirts Bramans
Ģirts Bramans Country Manager Latvia, RB Rail AS
Artūras Vilimas
Artūras Vilimas Country Manager Lithuania and Poland, RB Rail AS

SUPPLIERS

The Industry Suppliers' Day - a platform for building cooperation bridges

LIST OF SUPPLIERS

Take the advantage to find and network with other companies which could be of interest to you.

A Ā B C Č D E Ē F G Ģ H I J K Ķ L Ļ M N Ņ O P Q R S Š T U Ū V W X Y Z Ž
If you want to receive the full list of Supplier day participants and their contacts please note it during registration for DAY 2. The list will be shared only with those who had given permission to include their contacts in it.

ALSTOM
Manufacturing, production industr

AMENTER
Consulting

ARDANUY INGENIERIA
Architecture and design

Accommodation possibilities

Radisson Blu Hotel in Vilnius situated just north of the river Neris is offering special discount rate for conference participants. Access the offer HERE.



RADISSON BLU HOTEL LIETUVA, VILNIUS

Konstitucijos pr. 20
LT - 09308 Vilnius
Lithuania
Tel: +370 5 272 6272
Fax: +370 5 272 6270
Email: info.lietuva.vilnius@radissonblu.com

Transportation and directions to the hotel

Vilnius International Airport (VNO) is located 9 kilometers south of the city. From the airport, you can easily reach the railway stop via the pedestrian walkway from the airport terminal. In only 8 minutes, the train takes you from the airport to the train station in downtown Vilnius. Once you arrive at the train station, grab a taxi or jump on a bus that brings you north to Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva on Konstitucijos pr. 20. From the airport, you can also go by bus to the city center.

Transport options

The trolley buses and ordinary buses offer smooth transport when you wish to explore the city. The Vilnius travel planner helps you to navigate the city’s public transport system easily by providing information on routes and timetables, tickets, zone information and the best way to reach your destination.

Train

About 5 km south of the hotel, the Vilnius train station is the junction when traveling to and from the center. Just outside the station, you can easily find a bus that takes you to Radisson Blu Lietuva on the other side of the river Neris. Buses leave the station frequently and the ride to the hotel takes about 20 minutes.

Bus

Buses go all over the capital and there’s a bus stop only 100 meters from the hotel, making it a great starting point when exploring the city.

Visa applications

If you need an invitation for a Visa, please point it out during the REGISTRATION for the conference. In order to obtain a Visa please follow the instructions on General information ABOUT OBTAINING VISAS IN LITHUANIA. The organizers undertake to inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania on the potential participants of the Forum who needs to have a visa to go to the Republic of Lithuania. The sole responsibility in obtaining the Visa is up to the applicant.

Working language

Day 1 - English

Day 2 - English

Registration form

REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE MARCH 12, 2019

This is a registration form for Rail Baltica Global Forum 2019. Registration is open till March 12, 2019. To register for Day 1, please use the unique registration code you have received together with the invitation to the event.

To register for Day 2, please check the box below. Your registration is approved only when you receive confirmation e-mail from the organizer for each of the days.

The event will be filmed and photographed for the purpose of informing the public and promoting the Rail Baltica Global Project represented by RB Rail. By completing and sending this registration application you express your approval and you agree that phots and video materials taken by the organisers can be published in press and informative editions, releases, web sites and the organiser's social network profile unless indicated otherwise.

Thank you!

REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE MARCH 12, 2019

Please take into account that your registration is approved only when you receive a confirmation e-mail from the organizer.

There is a big interest of suppliers to participate in this day. Don't hesitate to register as soon as possible. In order to serve the interest of all, we will confirm registration for a maximum of three persons from one company. All other participation will be under the consideration depending on the available space.

A couple of days before the event, the potential suppliers registering for DAY 2 “Industry Supplier’s Day” have a possibility to receive the List of contacts of all suppliers attending the event for better networking possibilities. To receive the List you have to share your contacts as well.

During DAY 2 supplier's are also offered to:

  • attend special Suppliers' Meeting point for future partnerships and contact building;
  • participate in the Suppliers' Meeting point with your info stand following the principle of first-come, first-served as there is a limited number of spaces available. If you are interested in placing your info stand, please indicate it in the registration form by first reading the instruction.

The event will be filmed and photographed for the purpose of informing the public and promoting the Rail Baltica Global Project represented by RB Rail. By completing and sending this registration application you express your approval and you agree that phots and video materials taken by the organisers can be published in press and informative editions, releases, web sites and the organiser's social network profile unless indicated otherwise.

Thank you, we have received your registration.

NB: Your registration is approved only by receiving the confirmation e-mail!
We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Media accreditation form

To apply for a Media Pass, please fill in the media accreditation form below. We will get back to you as soon as possible with an answer to your request. Together with an email confirming your accreditation request you will additionally receive practical information for the media.
Practical information about media possibilities during the events will be sent to registered media following confirmation

Thank you, we have received your registration.

Please wait for confirmation from the organizer. Your participation is approved only by receiving the confirmation e-mail!

The Forum is organised by RB Rail AS, a joint venture of three Baltic States, and supported by the project’s national implementing bodies in the three countries – Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ, SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, and UAB Rail Baltica Statyba. All cooperation partners are responsible for the implementation of Rail Baltica – the largest railroad infrastructure project - to be constructed - in the Baltic countries in the last 100 years. Rail Baltica will form a new economic corridor, which will closely connect the North East of the Europe with the rest of the European Union.

To contact the organizers please write to forum@railbaltica.org

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