News2020.04.23 09:42

Baltic countries to coordinate reopening of borders – Lithuanian PM

BNS 2020.04.23 09:42

The three Baltic countries will coordinate the opening of their borders and quarantine exit plans, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday.

“The Baltic foreign ministers have been tasked with coordinating joint actions on opening borders, partially resuming movement, intensifying trade and other measures,” he said in a press release after a remote meeting with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts.

Skvernelis, Estonian PM Jüri Ratas and Latvian PM Krišjānis Kariņš discussed practical cooperation among the Baltic states in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

The three governments agreed to hold regular video conferences in the near future, according to the press release.

In addition to the coronavirus containment effort, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will focus on projects of common interest – the European standard-gauge railway Rail Baltica and syncrhonising their electricity grids with Western Europe – and the European Commission's proposal on not purchasing electricity from third countries, it said.

Read more: Rail Baltica to be completed on time, says Lithuanian transport minister

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