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Governments of Finland and Estonia sign MoU to cooperate for transport projects [free access]

April 30, 2021

The governments of Finland and Estonia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the transport sector and to promote large-scale transport projects by exchanging information. The projects include the Helsinki–Tallinn undersea tunnel, Rail Baltica, the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), and the North Sea–Baltic Sea core network corridor. The agreement will be in place till 2030.

 

The states are not bound by the MoU to any individual projects, as the memorandum serves to mainly ensure  a conducive environment for applying for European Union (EU) funding for the projects. The MoU also states that the Helsinki–Tallinn tunnel will require innovative actions and diversified sources of funding as it is a key project that will provide quick access to Central Europe along with the Rail Baltica project. The Helsinki–Tallinn tunnel is a part of the proposal to construct a 103-km-long tunnel with an 80-km-long undersea section, connecting Finland’s Helsinki Vantaa airport in the north with Estonia’s Tallinn airport in the south. 

 

The publicly developed proposal included in the MoU depends on the outcomes of a feasibility study published by the FinEst Link project in February 2018. A group of representatives of Finland’s and Estonia’s Ministries of Transport and Communications and the cities of Helsinki and Tallinn will assess the follow-up action required based on the study.