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Rail Baltic: two days ahead of the major demonstration in Tallinn

April 21, 2017

The following is a press release from Avalikult Rail Balticust:

On 20 April, a press conference was held to present the views of trade unions, civic associations and scientists, and to explain the reasons for holding a demonstration against Rail Baltic, which will take place in the Tallinn, Freedom Square on Saturday, 22 April at noon.

Andres Tarand, a former Prime Minister of Estonia and the President of the Estonian Club of Rome, who will be one of the speakers at the demonstration, said: “Both the current state of knowledge and common sense lead us to the same definite conclusion: if Rail Baltic is constructed as a high-speed railway using the new railway route, the project will most likely fail and will be a waste of public resources. However, there are options for constructing Rail Baltic in a way that will support the development of Estonia, but the government refuses to analyse them. If the Estonian parliament decides to ratify the abovementioned agreement, the Estonian Club of Rome will exercise its right to bring legal proceedings granted by the Aarhus Convention in order to force the State to fulfil its obligations under law.”

Tanel Ots, Civic Association Avalikult Rail Balticust [Openly About Rail Baltic]: “The demonstration will be held because all other means have been exhausted. Despite the clearly voiced concern of the civil society, scientists and public figures, no considerable debate has been held on the Rail Baltic project at the level of the Parliament and the Government of the Republic. Although the main reasons for the project – the Sulphur Directive putting pressure on maritime transport, passenger transport via RB to Central Europe, and the hope that car carriers will be transferred to the railway – are no longer an issue, the project has not been reviewed.”

The demonstration will be organised on 22 April by: Ökoriik Eesti [EcoEstonia], Avalikult Rail Balticust [Publicly About Rail Baltic], Noored Rohelised [Estonian Young Greens], Eesti OTT-liikumine [Estonian movement ’Straight from producer to consumer’], Erakond Eestimaa Rohelised [the political party Estonian Greens], Eesti Kultuurikoja RB töörühm [the RB workgroup of the Estonian Cultural House], SA Perekonna ja Traditsiooni Kaitseks [Foundation for Protecting Family and Tradition], Eesti Konservatiivne Rahvaerakond [Conservative People's Party of Estonia], MTÜ Eesti Vanemad [non-profit association Estonian Parents], SA Terve Rahvas [Foundation for Direct Democracy], Eesti Raudteelaste Ametiühing [Trade Union of Estonian Railroaders] and Eesti Meremeeste Sõltumatu Ametiühing [Estonian Seamen's Independent Union].

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