Poland and Lithuania to improve roads in border regions

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The governments of Poland and Lithuania will support local authorities in their efforts to improve roads in their border regions, reads a letter of intent signed in Vilnius on Thursday by Ministers Andrzej Adamczyk and Jaroslav Narkevic, who are responsible for transport.

"All roads, which run to the border, should link us instead of divide us because of their poor condition," Polish Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk said during a press briefing with Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Jaroslav Narkevic.

Minister Adamczyk noted that Polish and Lithuanian borders were an eastern flank of NATO, and added that these areas had to be looked after by the governments in order to build a good road network.

The two ministers also signed a memorandum on cooperation within the Rail Baltica project. Minister Narkevic declared that Lithuania wanted to complete its implementation in 2026, and that much had already been done to reach this goal.

Minister Adamczyk stated that, as part of Rail Baltica, Poland "has been implementing a rail project, which has been the biggest in history and which is worth PLN 3 billion (EUR 750 million)."

"There can be no dynamic economic development without good transport, without good road and rail links," the Polish official said.

Ministers Adamczyk and Narkevic also spoke about the possibility of a closure, by Belarus, of its border with Lithuania and Poland. "We hope that these announcements will not materialise. But we want to be ready and to make their influence on the economy as litte as possible if such a thing happens," the Polish official stated.

The Lithuanian minister stated that Lithuania, Poland, Latvia and Ukraine had signed a deal under which the possible closure of the border would not be used to the detriment of other countries. "We declare solidarity and unanimity," he said.

Minister Adamczyk concluded his two-day visit to Lithuania on Thursday.