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OPPONENTS MAKE THE ROUNDS IN BRUSSELS: Transport ministers from Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Hungary were in town Wednesday to impress on fresh faces in the EU’s top positions the need to reassess the Mobility Package. High-level meetings included a get-together with Finland’s Transport Minister Sanne Marin to urge her to be a “fair mediator in talks,” a meeting with the right-wing European Conservatives and Reformist group’s transport delegation, and a chat with the TRAN coordinator for centrist-liberal group Renew Europe, Spanish MEP José Ramón Bauzá.


From 1-2 July 2019, the Minister of Transport of Latvia Mr. Tālis Linkaits together with the Deputy State Secretary Mr. Uldis Reimanis participated in the bilateral meeting with Mr. Aleksei Avramenko, the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Belarus, and attended the Belt and Road Forum for Regional Cooperation and Development and Global Opportunities at the Chinese-Belarus Industrial Park “Great Stone” in Minsk, Belarus.


From 1st to 2nd July, Minister of Transport, Talis Linkaits, will visit Minsk, Belarus, where he will sign a protocol between Latvia and Belarus on cooperation in the development of mobile broadband Internet services as well as Minister will participate in the international forum “Open Park “Great Stone” – an example of global opportunities”. On July 3rd, Minister will travel to Lithuania where he will take part in activities at the Lithuanian State railway.


From 13-16 June 2019, the World Transport Convention 2019 (WTC) was held in Beijing, China. The Ministry of Transport of Latvia participated in the event and attended the Plenary Session of the Belt and Road International Transport Alliance (BRITA).


The Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia was cordially invited by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) from 25 to 27 April 2019 in Beijing.


From 9-11 April 2019, Latvian transport and logistics enterprises participated in the 16th China International Logistics Week and Port of Qingdao (CIWL) and the 9th Western China International Logistics Industry Expo in Xi’an, China.


On 25 February, RB Rail AS procurement commission for the competition “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Pärnu to Rapla” announced the winner – a Spanish company IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture, S.A.U. This procurement process was the first out of seven procurements carried by RB Rail AS to commence the design works on the main line of Rail Baltica.

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