10 – 11 April, 2018
Tallinn, Estonia

Rail Baltica Global Forum 2018

The Rail Baltica Global Forum 2018 was the key international Rail Baltica event of the year that  discussed the Rail Baltica role in the North Sea – Baltic TEN-T Core Network Corridor, the project’s procurement and financing, as well as will facilitate suppliers’ networking. It addressed strategic and tactical issues regarding the implementation of the “Project of the Century” from a national, regional and EU perspective, and 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 10

10:00–10:40 Opening Session


Opening speech
H.E. Jüri Ratas,
Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia

Video speech
Ms. Violeta Bulc,
European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport

Rail Baltica on track (presentation)
Ms. Baiba Rubesa,
CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

10:40–11:45 Ministerial Panel Discussion
““North Sea- Baltic TEN-T Corridor – its Role and Impact on the North Eastern European Transport Sector” 

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,
UUndersecretary of State of Ministry of Infrastructure, Republic of Poland
Mr. Mattias Landgren,
State Secretary of Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Kingdom of Sweden

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

12:15–13:05 Working Session I
“Post-2020 Financing of the EU Transport Projects, including Rail Baltica” 

European Parliament’s Vision and Expectations from the MFF Post-2020. Prospect for Rail Baltica
Mr. Petri Sarvamaa,
Vice-Chair of Budget Committee, European Parliament

Usage of Cohesion Funds for Transport Projects Now and in Future
Mr. Peter Berkowitz,
Head of the Smart and Sustainable Growth Unit, DG REGIO

CEF Transport Financing Instrument and its Impact on Rail Baltica
Mr. Herald Ruijter,
Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission

“Rail Baltica and Finland”


Why Rail Baltica is Important to Finland (presentation)
Ms. Sabina Lindström,
Director from Networks Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland

The Results of Muuga Terminal Study (presentation)
Mr. Meelis Niinepuu, 
Partner, Civitta International and Civitta Estonia

Study Results of FinEst link project – Impact on Rail Baltica (presentation)
Mr. Kari Ruohonen, 
Project Director, FinEst Link Project

Polar Silk Road – New Freight Opportunities (presentation)
Dr. Baozhi Cheng, 
Senior Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), China

Q&A Session

“Cross-boarder Transport Infrastructure Megaproject Implementation and Management. Lessons Learned for Rail Baltica”

Mr. Tristano Sainati, (presentation)
Research Fellow,School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK
Mr. Gergard Troche(presentation)
Senior Advisor International ProjectsGYSEV Zrt., Hungary
Mr. Chris Docker(presentation)
Director, Strategy & International Development, ATKINS, UK




April 11

“Rail Baltica – professional workforce needs” organised in cooperation with the Rail Baltica Business Network


Preface: Study on the business case of the Rail Baltica Project. The summary of main expectations of the business sector to Rail Baltica. (presentation)
Mr. Ervinas Śkikunas, 
CIVITTA Lithuania  

Mr. Andres Trink, 
Chairman of the Management Board, Merko Ehitus AS
Mr. Toomas Tamsar, 
Chairman of the Management Board, Estonian Employers` Confederation
Mr. Kaspars Rokens, 
COO and Member of Management Board, RB Rail AS
Ms. Baiba Fromane, 
Head of the Partnership, Latvian Construction Entrepreneur
Mr. Ervinas Śkikunas, 
CIVITTA Lithuania  

Moderated by Mr. Andreas Kaju,
Partner at Meta Advisory Group, Estonia

10:00–11:15 Opening Session


Welcoming speech (transcript)
Ms. Riia Silave,
Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS

Rail Baltica Project in 2017. Ambitions for 2018. (presentation)
Ms. Baiba Rubesa,
CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

Rail Baltica Studies – Role in the Project Implementation (presentation)
Mr. Kaspars Rokens,
COO and Member of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

Rail Baltica Procurement in 2018 (presentation)
Mr. Kaspars Rokens,
COO and Member of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

Main Procurement Challenges, Lessons Learnt and Supplier Survey Results (presentation)
Mr. Kristjan Piirsalu,
Head of Procurement, RB Rail AS

Q&A Session

“Design phase of the Rail Baltica project”


Design phase of Rail Baltica (presentation)
Mr. Kaido Zimmermann,
Head of Planning and Design Department, RB Rail AS
Mr. Jean-Marc Bedmar,
Head of Systems and Operation Department, RB Rail AS

Rail Baltica Global Project Design Guidelines (presentation)
Ms. Elodie Faivre,
Project Manager for Rail Baltica Design Guidelines preparation, SYSTRA S.A

Rail Baltica – Railway line design tenders in 2018/2019 (presentation)
Mr. Kaido Zimmermann,
Head of Planning and Design Department, RB Rail AS

Design Tenders and Local Facilities in Latvia in 2018 (presentation)
Mr. Agnis Driksna,
Director, Development and Communication Department at Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas SIA

Design Tenders and Local Facilities in Estonia in 2018 (presentation)
Mr. Anvar Salomets,
Chief Technical Officer, Rail Baltic Estonia

Q&A Session

“Rail Baltica – Digitalisation and Innovation opportunities”


Why digitalisation and innovation should be on agenda of any new transportation infrastructure project? (presentation)
Mr. Carlo Borghini,
Executive Director, Shift2Rail

Rail Baltica – a platform for digitalization and innovation (presentation)
Mr. Kaspars Briškens,
Business Development Manager, RB Rail AS

ADIF digitalisation and Innovation experience (presentation)
Mr. Javier Ibáñez de Yrigoyen, 
International Projects Directorate / Innovation Projects, ADIF

What are the driverless train opportunities for Rail Baltica? (presentation)
Mr. Paulius Valiulis, 
Head of Innovation Laboratory, Lithuanian railways AB

Q&A Session

“The role of the VIM in the construction of transport infrastructure”
Mr. Raitis Bušmanis,
BIM Manager, RB Rail AS
Mr. Risto Vahenurm, 
Managing Director, Estonian Digital Construction alliance
Mr. Simon Wray, 
Infrastructure Lead, The BIMstitute, UK

Q&A Session

16:15–16:30 Closing Remarks