DECC seminar-discussion on logistics - April 23, 2014
DECC held it's annual logistics seminar-discussion on April 23, right after the annual general meeting. This year's main concern under discussion was the country's capability to finance and invest into two mayor projects simultaneously: Rail Baltic and Via Baltica.
An overview of the previous 24 months of Rail Baltic media discourse by Andres Kõnno, Analyst at ETA Monitooring, the status of Rail Baltic as a continuation to the last year's discussion by Tõnis Tamme, Partner at Triniti Law Firm were given to make way for the discussion. A balanced panel discussion with Jan Palmer (CEO of Estonian Air), Eero Pärgmäe (Deputy Secretary General for Transport at Estonian Ministry of Economy and Communications), Tõnis Tamme (Partner, Attorney-at-law in Triniti Law Firm) was moderated by Søren Hejnfelt.
The discussion concluded the following:
- accurate questions have been asked from all sides, but the topic has not discussed in the media and by public.
- the train network has tremendous human value, but is financially not sound.
- train is a good alternative mean for travelling - is it enough reason to build it?
- who is the customer/traveller who takes the train from Tallinn to Warsaw?
- airline is crucial to Estonia, is airline crucial?
- it has not been studied whether or not the Rail Baltic project would bring investments to Estonia or the region; though all transport means complement each other;
- can we afford to do nothing - no money to roads, to trains?
- Rail Baltic is also a security project.
Please find the presentation by Andres Kõnno, ETA Monitooring "Rail Baltic: Trends and Topics in Estonian Media 2012-2014".
On behalf of the DECC, we thank all speakers, the moderator, all participants! See you all at our next events!
Photos by Vahur Orrin and Merli Lindberg