Historical Facts

2019 The first design contract for the Rail Baltica main line signed
2018 European Union Commission adopted the Implementing Decision on the Rail Baltica cross-border project on the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor
EU CEF3 Grant Agreement signed
Rail Baltica Design Guidelines approved
The first Rail Baltica construction design and supervision contract of Rail Baltica’s airport Riga railway station, related infrastructure, and viaduct was signed
Route setting and spatial territorial planning for Rail Baltica railway finalised in all three Baltic states, except for the section Kaunas – Lithuania/Poland State border which is subject to the results of the upgrade feasibility study.
2017 Cost-Benefit Analysis completed
Intergovernmental Agreement signed by Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Prime Ministers
2016 Rail Baltica Contracting Scheme Agreement signed
EU CEF2 Grant Agreement signed
Inter-beneficiary agreement signed
Declaration adopted by the three Baltic States with Poland and Finland
2015 EU CEF1 Grant Agreement signed
Declaration issued by the transport ministers of the Baltic States, Poland and Finland, together with Commissioner Violeta Bulc
Detailed technical studies
A contracting-scheme model developed by PricewaterhouseCoopers
Poland and Finland publish supporting letters for the project
2014 Joint Statement signed by the three Baltic Prime Ministers
RB Rail AS established
2013 Declaration on further cooperation signed by Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Transport Ministers
2011 Feasibility Study by AECOM
Joint Statement signed by the three Baltic Prime Ministers
2010 Memorandum signed by representatives of the transport ministries from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland
2008 Decision of the European Commission on TEN-T co-financing for Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian projects
2007 Research conducted by COWI AS
Memorandum of Understanding signed by the transport ministers of Latvia and Lithuania
2006 Declaration of Intent signed by the transport ministers of the five partner countries in Rail Baltica
2005 European Commission issued a tender for the entire Cohesion-fund pre-feasibility study on the Rail Baltica project
Rail Baltica’s Interreg IIIB project application approved by the Interreg IIIB Steering Committee
2004 Rail Baltica included in TEN-T priorities list
2003 Rail Baltica in the list of priority projects in the proposal submitted to the European Council by the European Commission
2001 Cooperation agreement signed by Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian transport ministers
1994 The Rail Baltica concept first appears in the joint policy document Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea 2010 as an important element for spatial development in the Baltic Sea region
1991 – 1997 First idea and vision for the project raised during Pan-European transport conferences in Prague, Crete and Helsinki