Baltics to Build Stronger Logistics Within the EU and NATO


By Olevs Nikers

Earlier this month (October 2016), the governments of the Baltic States and Poland finally reached all the necessary political, financial and technical agreements to implement one of the most ambitious projects inside the European Union—linking Finland, the Baltic States and Poland with the unified Trans-European Transport Network (NRA, October 10). The agreed-upon project, which will also have important logistical implications for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), envisions a continuous rail link from Tallinn (Estonia) to Warsaw (Poland), via Riga (Latvia) and Kaunas (Lithuania). The construction of this railway—known as “Rail Baltica”—is planned to start by 2020 and should be completed by 2030. The section from Helsinki to Tallinn will for now be operated by existing commercial ferries.

Minister Lajčák discusses stronger ties between Switzerland and SR as well as the EU

The relations of Slovakia and the EU with Switzerland were discussed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, and his Swiss departmental counterpart, Didier Burkhalter, in the town Kehrsatz near Bern today. Their meeting took place on the sidelines of a visit to Switzerland by Andrej Kiska, the President of Slovakia.