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Lithuania seeks experts to develop its transport strategy up to 2050

VILNIUS - The Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry plans to hire experts to develop the country's strategy transport and communications strategy until 2050.

Saulius Kerza, director of the ministry's Budget and State Assets Management Department, says these experts will be expected to work out optimistic, pessimistic and most realistic scenarios. 

"The experts will provide services in developing a draft strategy, as well as coordinating it with public authorities, interested parties and the general public," Kerza said. 

"They will have to present an overview of long-term transport strategies of foreign countries and international organizations, as well as recommendations on the strategy and its structure," he added. 

The ministry plans to issue a call for tender for consultants in December or early next year. Experts will be hired for the period until the end of 2019, with a possibility of extending it to late May 2020, the official said. 

The government endorsed the current long-term strategy, until 2025, in 2005. Its key priorities were the creation of a cross-border trans-European transport network and the modernization and development of the West-East transport axis.

Lithuania plans to purchase land for Rail Baltica in early 2019

VILNIUS - Lithuania's authorities plan to complete in early 2019 the procedure for purchasing land from private owners for the construction of the Rail Baltica European-gauge railway stretch from Kaunas to Lithuania's border with Latvia.  

The purchased land parcels will be registered with the Real Estate Register as state ownership, Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) said. 

Landowners whose property is located along the planned Rail Baltica route are invited to sign agreements regarding the taking of their land for public needs. Such notifications have already been sent out to the majority of landowners in the districts of Kaunas, Jonava, Kedainiai, Pasvalys and Panevezys.  

Some 945 hectares of the total 1,244-hectare area needed for the railway line are on privately-owned land, with the track crossing almost 1,200 private land parcels. It also passes through 187 hectares of state-owned land. Wooded land accounts for about one-fourth of the land area needed for the project.

The total cost of Rail Baltica in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia is estimated at around 5.8 billion euros. Some 2.5 billion euros are to be invested in Lithuania alone, with 85 percent of the money expected to come from the EU.

Passenger trains will be able to reach speeds of 249 km/h on the line and freight trains will n able to travel at up to 120 km/h. 

The construction of Rail Baltica up to Tallinn is planned to be finished in 2025, with the railway to become operational in 2026.


Lithuania is known as producing some of the finest linen in the world, and in Linen Tales’s tiny Old City shop you’ll find ridiculously soft sheets in a variety of colors stacked on shelves, as well as waffle-weave linen hand towels and a small selection of clothing. The most sophisticated selection of home goods by Lithuanian designers will be found at Locals, an upscale lifestyle boutique that feels a bit like Barneys New York, despite being in a mall.

The selection here is heavy on ceramics, tabletop, linens, and candles, mixed in with minimal fashions and accessories for men and women. Rastine Cafe’s name is misleading because while, yes, you can get coffee and matcha tea here, it is really an incredibly sophisticated stationery shop focusing on Japanese brands—from paperclips in the shape of animals to Blackwing pencils to colorful yet utilitarian pouches by Nähe Dritt. This is, by far, one of the best-curated shops in Vilnius and is located just around the corner from the MO Museum.

18th October 2018

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