Posts tagged ‘railway’

39. Adomas Vytautas Sankauskas, Chairman of the Board. Viadukts

The organizational history of the Latvian – Lithuanian joint venture “Viadukts” begins as far back as 1946 with formation of bridge-building teams.

Their task was to restore the destroyed railway and vehicle bridges after the Second World War. Their activities included spanning one of the highest bridges over the River Dubis, a suspension bridge in Vilnius, a railway bridge in the town of Ļudoviņa, and bridge over the River Niemena, in Jurbarkase.

After 1954 the organization also began building works in Latvia.

The old organization was superseded on October 7 1991 with the founding of the Latvian –  Lithuanian joint venture “Viadukts”, specialising in construction and reconstruction of railways, railway bridges, highways, motor bridges, foot bridges, overpasses, tunnels, quaysides, and other man-made constructions. 


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12. A.Sivak, Chief of the Belorussian Railway. Belorussian Railway as a Reliable Link that Ensures Cargo Transit Between Europe and Asia.

Steady and effective functioning of Pan-European transport system is one of the necessary conditions for the development of the states economies. Belarus Republic, being a key transit country has a transportation system connecting Russia with  countries of Asian-Pacific Ocean region and countries of the European Union, pays increased attention to questions of international collaboration in the area of cargo and passenger transport organization.

Belorussian railway is a modern and well developed transport system having length of 5.5 thousand kilometers and carrying about 75% of all republic cargo transportation and more than 50% passenger transportation. It is the most effective, reliable and popular means of transport and, furthermore, it possesses necessary infrastructure that has sufficient reserves of spacing and carrying ability.  Belorussian railway is located at joint of railroads of different track width and is a unique transport bridge, which connects Europe and Asia. 

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11. V. I. Yakunin, President of JSC Russian Railways. Russian Railways.

Russia and Latvia are two links in a uniform transportation system that spans the entire Eurasia.

Cargo traffic between Central Asia and Ukraine, Belarus and EU states generate the bulk of transportation flows running through our countries. These transportation flows primarily reflect sustainable economic relations in the area which railway people call the “1520 Stretch”. Our countries share a uniform standard of 1520 mm wheel track, which is different from the European 1435 mm gauge railway lines. 

Transportation volumes are expected to grow led by continuous business recovery in respective countries and growth of export capacity.

Within the Eurasian transportation system the Baltic Region’s geographical location offers certain advantages arising from a well-developed transportation infrastructure. Besides, the Region boasts a wealth of history, especially regarding trade routes dating back to the Hanse Union times. 

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10. A.V.Krastiņš, professor RTU, Latvia – External Border of EU and High Quality Education for Customs Professionals.

The Latvian Customs together with other national customs authorities implement the EU common customs policy and ensure smooth flow of trade among EU Member States as well as customs control at the external borders of the Community.

The Latvian Customs have proved to be a professional administrator of an international level being able to protect the interests of all EU Member States and to guarantee the protection of the single market and safety of the Community’s citizens.

The importance of the customs services in our country is set by the geographical location of Latvia. The land border Latvia-Russia (245 km) and Latvia-Belarus (161 km) is also the external border of the EU. Customs control is ensured at 31 customs control points which include 12 inland and 19 EU’s external border crossing points – on roads and railways, at sea ports, Riga International Airport and international postal delivery points.

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9. I.Kabashkin, professor TTI, Latvia as Logistics and Transit Centre.

Transportation sector is becoming one of the most dynamic and fast growing sectors in Latvian economy. And even more, this sector is taking the leading positions in the country’s economic development. Due to the country’s favorable geographic situation, Latvia has already become an important trade partner between West and East South and North.

Latvian transport policy is in full compliance with the European Union’s requirements and the country’s transportation network has become an integral part of the EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Latvia is actively utilizing available EU funds for the improvement of the country’s transport infrastructures.

Today the advantage of geographic position of Latvia has increased dramatically. The border of Latvia is the border of two large unions – European Union and Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia. This fact open new transport and trade opportunities for domestic and international companies first of all through the three large ports in Latvia (Ventspils, Riga, Liepaja) that are all part of TEN-T and seven small ports (Salacgriva, Skulte, Lielupe, Engure, Mersrags, Roja, Pavilosta). The inestimable advantage of major ports is their favourable geographical position, ice-free conditions and excellent  railway connections with Eurasian Economic Community’s  hinterland.

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7. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. Latvia is One of the Key Partners of Ukraine in the Sphere of Transport and Transit.

Ukraine and Latvia cooperate actively and develop joint transport projects since the mid-1990-ies. A number of legislative acts, approved by both states, prove that fact. The first intergovernmental agreements were concluded back on 23 May 1995, when the Governments of Ukraine and Latvia signed the Agreement on International Car Communications and Executive Protocol to it, as well as the Agreement on International Air Communications. On 26 February 1998 the Agreement on Trade Maritime Shipping and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Sphere of Railway Transport were signed. Therefore, cooperation between Ukraine and Latvia embraces all possible vectors of transport sector activities.

This year Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has initiated amendments to the Agreement on International Car Communications in the part of introducing a non-permit system for all types of transportations. The relevant letter was sent to the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Ukraine.

As for the railway sphere, the Governments of both states are parties to multilateral agreements within the framework of Organization for Cooperation of Railways, for instance, the Agreement on International Cargo Transportations, International Passenger Communications etc.

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