April 24–25, 2017
Riga, Latvia

Rail Baltica Global Forum 2017

A milestone international, two-day event about the Rail Baltica project in 2017 covering Rail Baltica’s economic potential, procurement regulation, and facilitating supplier networking. The forum will bring together top executives and decision makers, rail, logistics and economics professionals, influential politicians and institutions, as well as potential suppliers for the project, from across Europe.




April 24

8:00–9:00 Registration and Coffee / Networking
9:00–9:45 Opening Session

Welcoming Address
H.E. Māris Kučinskis,
Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Rail Baltica – a Flagship Project of EU Significance
Mr. Herald Ruijters,
Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission

Rail Baltica – a New Economic Corridor (presentation)
Ms. Baiba Rubesa,
CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

9:45–10:35 Ministerial Panel Discussion
“Adding Value to European Connectivity through Baltic and Polish Cooperation”

Ms. Kadri Simson,
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Republic of Estonia
Mr. Uldis Augulis,
Minister of Transport, Republic of Latvia
Mr. Rokas Masiulis,
Minister of Transport and Communications, Republic of Lithuania
Mr. Andrzej Bittel,
Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, Republic of Poland


Moderated by Ms. Catherine Trautmann,
European Coordinator North-Sea Baltic TEN-T Core Network Corridor

10:35–12:05 Plenary Session
“Transport Infrastructure as a Catalyst for Growth”

Transport Infrastructure Impact on Economic Geography, Development, Connectivity: the International Experience (presentation)
Mr. Emile Quinet,
Ecole des Ponts – ParisTech, France

The Rail Baltica Global Project Cost-Benefit Analysis (presentation)
Mr. Nauris Kļava,
Partner, Ernst & Young Baltic Ltd.

Q&A Session

Lunch Break / Networking
Plenary Session

“Rail Baltica – enabling new freight logistics and supply chain solutions”

Finnish Business Opportunities with Rail Baltica (presentation)
Mr. Jorma Härkönen,
Director of LIMOWA Logistics Centre Cluster, Finland

Baltic Business Opportunities with Rail Baltica (presentation)
Mr. Normunds Krūmiņš,
Chairman of the Board, Latvian Logistics Association

Rail Baltica in Poland – Infrastructure and Logistics Development (presentation)
Mr. Jakub Kapturzak,
Deputy Director Department of Railway Transport, Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction of the Republic of Poland

Q&A Session

Plenary Session

“Getting Ready for the Future Passenger”

Passenger Mobility in the Baltics – a Catalyst for Regional Cohesion (presentation)
Mr. Arnis Kākulis,
Director, Baltic Region, AECOM

Passenger Demand Forecast and Opportunities for Rail Baltica (presentation)
Mr. Raimonds Aronietis, 
Policy Analyst, International Transport Forum at the OECD

Urbanisation of Knowledge Economy in the Baltic Region (presentation)
Mr. Emīls Rode,
Live Baltic Campus Project

Q&A Session

Coffee Break / Networking
16:35–18:10 Panel Discussion on the Potential for Regional Connectivity and Secondary Economic Benefits

Benefits of High Speed Rail in France (presentation)
Mr. Dominique Deau,
Retired Railway Expert, Former Development Director of NexTEO SNCF Reseau and SNCF Mobilites, France

Rail Baltica Urban Impacts: Improved City Planning in a Connected Region (presentation)
Mr. Oskars Redbergs,
Rail Baltica Urban Impacts Project

High Speed Rail Infrastructure as a Platform for Digitalization and Innovation. Recommendations for Rail Baltica (presentation)
Mr. Philippe Citroën,
Director General, UNIFE

Q&A Session


Moderated by Mr. Kaspars Briškens,
Business Development manager, RB Rail AS

Closing Remarks
18:15–18:35 Coffee/Networking



April 25

9:00–10:00 Registration and Coffee / Networking
10:00–10:15 Opening Session

Welcoming Address
Mr. Edvīns Bērziņš,
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS

10:15–12:25 Morning Session

Rail Baltica – Project of the Century (presentation)
Ms. Baiba Rubesa,
CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

Rail Baltica Procurement Organisation and Regulation – Procurement Policy, Principles, Guidelines for Suppliers, etc. (presentation)
Mr. Kaspars Rokens,
RB Rail AS


What to be Taken into Consideration for National Procurement in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania?

Mr. Kristjan Kaunissaare, (presentation)
Rail Baltic Estonia Coordinator, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia
Mr. Dins Merirands, (presentation)
Member of the Board, Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas
Mr. Dainius Budrys, (presentation)
Director, Rail Baltica statyba

Rail Baltica Procurement Announced in 2017 (presentation)
Mr. Kaspars Rokens,
RB Rail AS

Q&A Session

Suppliers’ Meeting Room Open
Parallel to the afternoon session, the Suppliers’ Meeting Room will be open for companies interested in networking and meeting potential partners. The specially designated places will be available on a “first come, first served” basis to the interested suppliers.
Lunch Buffet
Afternoon Session

Rail Baltica Procurement in 2017 – Studies (presentation)
Mr. Kaido Zimmermann,
Planning and Implementation Manager, RB Rail AS
Mr. Kaspars Briškens,
Business Development Manager, RB Rail AS

Q&A Session

13:15–13:45 Rail Baltica Procurement in 2017 – Design (presentation)
Mr. Kaido Zimmermann,
Planning and Implementation Manager, RB Rail ASQ&A Session
13:50–14:20 Multi-Modal Public Transport Hub in Riga – Central Railway Station Design & Build (presentation)
Mr. Agnis Driksna,
Director of Development and Cooperation,Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas
14:20–14:25 Closing Remarks
14:40–15:40 Visit to Riga Central Railway Station
Organized in cooperation with Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas