5 March, 2020
Brussels, Belgium

Rail Baltica Brussels Forum

Rail Baltica project team invites you to take part in the Rail Baltica Forum “Connected Baltics in a Connected Europe”, which will take place in Brussels on 5 March 2020.


The Forum aims to inform about the status and progress of Rail Baltica – a vital project for the EU’s North Sea-Baltic corridor. It will be an opportunity to engage in discussions with the key stakeholders of the project and European transport experts about the broader priorities of the trans-European rail network development as well as Rail Baltica added value for Europe.


Venue: Latvian Permanent Representation, Avenue des Arts 23


14:00 – 14:05 Welcome by H.E. Ms. Sanita Pavļuta-Deslandes, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union
14:05 – 14:15 Keynote address by Henrik Hololei, Director-General, DG MOVE
14:15 – 14:40

Project status presentation

Agnis Driksna, Chairman of the Management Board, Rail Baltica Joint Venture

Ignas Degutis, Chief Financial Officer, Rail Baltica Joint Venture

Ireneusz Merchel, President of the Management Board, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

14:40 – 15:20

Panel discussion “Maximizing Rail Baltica added value for Europe”

  • Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia
  • Gytis Mažeika, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuanin
  • Kristjan Kaunisaare, Rail Baltica coordinator, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia

  • Jakub Siwińśki, Deputy Director of the Department for Infrastructure Programs, Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy of the Republic of Poland

Moderated by Henrik Hololei, Director-General, DG MOVE

15:20 – 16:00

Panel discussion “Priorities for the trans-European rail network development in light of the EU’s financial perspectives 2021-2027 and the European Green Deal”

  • Andreas Boschen, Head of Department for the Connecting Europe Facility, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)
  • Monika Heiming, Executive Director of European Rail Infrastructure Managers
  • Ilja Volpi, Head of Public Affairs and Operations of the Community of European Railways
  • Matthias Ruete, European Coordinator for ERTMS
  • Giorgio Travaini, Head of Research and Innovation, Shift2Rail JU

Moderated by  Kaspars Briškens, Head of Strategy & Development of Rail Baltica Joint Venture

16:00 – 16:10 Closing remarks by Roberts Zīle, Member of the European Parliament, Friends of Rail Baltica Chairperson
Followed by Baltic Connectivity Reception