The milestone international two-day event of the Rail Baltica project in 2018 on Rail Baltica economic potential, procurement regulation and organization, as well as facilitation of suppliers' networking. It will bring together top executives and decision makers, rail, logistics and economics professionals, influential politicians and institutions as well as potential suppliers for the project from across Europe.


During the event here you will be able to watch livestream

“Last year all three Baltic countries confirmed their long-term commitment to the Rail Baltica project development, and now the project has entered its next phase – the Design Phase. Undoubtedly, the project has both national, regional as well as European value. Rail Baltica is expected to have a major impact on the economic development of the region and will change its urban and economic landscape for good. The Rail Baltica Global Forum 2018 will bring together the best ideas, practice and solutions for the development of the new railway infrastructure.”

Baiba Rubesa, former CEO of RB Rail AS


Day 1April 10, 2018

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Registration and Coffee / Networking
Opening Session H.E. Jüri Ratas
Prime Minister, Republic of Estonia   Ms. Violeta Bulc, 
European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport Ms. Baiba Rubesa, 
CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
Ministerial Panel Discussion 
“North Sea- Baltic TEN-T Corridor - its Role and Impact on the North Eastern European Transport Sector”

Ms. Kadri Simson,
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Republic of Estonia
Mr. Uldis Augulis,
Minister of Transport, Republic of Latvia
Mr. Rokas Masiulis,
Minister of Transport and Communications, Republic of Lithuania
Mr. Andrzej Bittel, 
Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Infrastructure, Republic of Poland
Mr. Mattias Landgren,
State Secretary of Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Kingdom of Sweden

Moderated by Ms. Catherine Trautmann,
European Coordinator, the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor
Coffee Break
Working Session I 
“Post-2020 Financing of the EU Transport Projects, including Rail Baltica” Mr. Petri Sarvamaa, 
Vice-Chair of Budget Committee, European Parliament Mr. Peter Berkowitz, 
Head of the Smart and Sustainable Growth Unit, DG REGIO Mr. Herald Ruijters, 
Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission
Working Session II 
Ms. Sabina Lindström, 
Director from Networks Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland     Mr. Meelis Niinepuu, 
Partner, Civitta International and Civitta Estonia Mr. Kari Ruohonen, 
Project Director, FinEst Link Project Dr. Baozhi Cheng, 
Senior Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), China
Q&A Session
Coffee Break
Panel Discussion

Mr. Tristano Sainati(presentation)
Research Fellow,School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK
Dr. Gerhard Troche(presentation)
Senior Advisor International ProjectsGYSEV Zrt., Hungary
Mr. Chris Docker(presentation)
Director, Strategy & International Development, ATKINS, UK

Day 2April 11, 2018

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Registration and Coffee / Networking
Panel Discussion 
"Rail Baltica - professional workforce needs" organised in cooperation with the Rail Baltica Business Network Mr. Ervinas Śkikunas, 
CIVITTA Lithuania  

Mr. Andres Trink,
Chairman of the Management Board, Merko Ehitus AS
Mr. Toomas Tamsar, 
Chairman of the Management Board, Estonian Employers` Confederation
Mr. Kaspars Rokens, 
COO and Member of Management Board, RB Rail AS
Ms. Baiba Fromane, 
Head of the Partnership, Latvian Construction Entrepreneur
Mr. Ervinas Śkikunas, 
CIVITTA Lithuania  

Moderated by Mr. Andreas Kaju,
Partner at Meta Advisory Group, Estonia
Coffee Break
Suppliers’ Meeting Point 
Opening Session
Ms. Riia Sillave,
Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS Ms. Baiba A. Rubesa,
CEO, Chairperson of Management Board, RB Rail AS Mr. Kaspars Rokens,
COO and Member of Management Board, RB Rail AS Mr. Kaspars Rokens,
COO and Member of Management Board, RB Rail AS Mr. Kristjan Piirsalu,
Head of Procurement, RB Rail AS

Coffee Break
Working session I 
"Design phase of the Rail Baltica project" Mr. Kaido Zimmermann,  
Head of Planning and Design Department, RB Rail AS
Mr. Jean-Marc Bedmar,
Head of Systems & Operation Department, RB Rail AS
Ms. Elodie Faivre,
Project Manager for Rail Baltica Design Guidelines preparation, SYSTRA S.A Mr. Kaido Zimmermann,
Head of Planning and Design Department, RB Rail AS Mr. Agnis Driksna,
Director, Development and Communication Department at Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas SIA Mr. Anvar Salomets,
Chief Technical Officer, Rail Baltic Estonia

Q&A session
Working Session II 
"Rail Baltica - Digitalisation and Innovation opportunities" Mr. Carlo Borghini, 
Executive Director, Shift2Rail Mr. Kaspars Briškens, 
Business Development Manager, RB Rail AS Mr. Javier Ibáñez de Yrigoyen, 
International Projects Directorate / Innovation Projects, ADIF Mr. Paulius Valiulis
Head of Innovation Laboratory, Lithuanian railways AB

Q&A session
Coffee Break
Working Session III 
"The role of the BIM in the construction of transport infrastructure" Mr. Raitis Bušmanis, 
BIM Manager, RB Rail AS Mr. Risto Vahenurm, 
Managing Director, Estonian Digital Construction alliance Mr. Simon Wray, 
Infrastructure Lead, The BIMstitute, UK

Q&A session
16:15- 16:30
Closing remarks

The Forum is organised by RB Rail AS, a joint venture of three Baltic States, and supported by the project’s national implementing bodies in the three countries – Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ, SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, and UAB Rail Baltica Statyba. All cooperation partners are responsible for the implementation of Rail Baltica – the largest railroad infrastructure project - to be constructed - in the Baltic countries in the last 100 years. Rail Baltica will form a new economic corridor, which will closely connect the North East of the Europe with the rest of the European Union.

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