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Parliamentary questions
2 March 2017
E-008896/2016
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the Commission

The Rail Baltic project is of strategic importance to connect the Baltic States among themselves and with the rest of Europe. So far EUR 733 million of co-funding has been allocated to the Baltic States in the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)(1).

Estonia has successfully committed its national allocation (EUR 191 million) available to it for the period 2014-2020 under the CEF Cohesion envelope for the advancement of the Rail Baltic project on its territory. This relates to preparatory studies and procurement under way for the construction works to start in Estonia in 2019 and to last until 2025, in accordance with the timescales and technical parameters provided for by the TEN-T Regulation(2).

The Baltic States have submitted a request for funding additional activities of the Rail Baltic project in the context of the 2016 CEF Transport Call for Proposals and may apply also under further upcoming Calls.

Looking forward, further funding for the project will be needed during the period covered by post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), considering that its completion is foreseen in 2025.

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013.
(2)Regulation(EU) No 1315/2013 (Articles 38 and 39 in particular).

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