International Relations

International Union of Railways (UIC)

The UIC organization's activities are related to the development of rail transport. Lithuanian railways together with Latvian and Estonian railways belong to the Baltic Group, established on the geographic basis. The goal of the group is to coordinate participation of the Baltic railways in the activities of the UIC.
UIC promotes cooperation among railway companies in the global context, while its activities encourage development of international rail traffic.

Main objectives:

  • Prepares recommendations, standards, regulations on international transport;
  • Represents railways in non railway institutions;
  • Carries out international projects on freight and passenger transport, infrastructure management and research;
  • Implements international training programs, encourages a sharing of experience and information;
  • Collaborates with all international organizations involved in rail activities and concludes agreements with them.
SC Lithuanian Railways joined the organisation in 1992.

Organization of Railway Cooperation (OSJD)

LR joined the Organization of Railway Cooperation (OSJD) in 1992. The Headquarters located in Warsaw. The members of the organisation are: Ministries of Transport of 27 countries of the EECE and many Asian countires. Main objectives of the Organization of Railway Cooperation are:
1. Development of cooperation for international freight carriage between Europe and Asia, including combined transport;
2. Cooperation on issues relating to transport policy, legal and environmental aspects of rail transport; 
3. Administration of the Agreement on International Passenger Transport by Rail (SMPS), Agreement on International Goods Transport by Rail (SMGS), Rules for the Use of Wagons in International Communication (PPV), International Passenger Transport Rate (MPT), and Unified Transit Tariff (ECJ); 
4. Development of general principles on unified international transport law; 
5. Addressing economic problems in international co-operation between rail members of the OSJD; 
6. Cooperation with other international organizations involved in the rail sector.
Railway Infrastructure Directorate participates in the organization's activities within its jurisdiction: expert consultations on rail infrastructure issues, preparation of OSJD memos, etc.

European Railway Community (CER)

In 2003, JSC "Lithuanian Railways" became a member of the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER). Members of the organization may be European Union or EFTA countries only. The Headquarters located in Bruxelles (Belgium).
The goals of the organization:
1. Coordination of railway activities of the EU countries;
2. Elimination of remaining "frontiers"; 
3. Creating conditions for equal use of infrastructure; 
4. Addressing social, railway network strategy, customs, transportation regulatory issues
5. Support of CER interests in other organisations (UIC, COTIF);
6. Development of new transport directives.
Railway Infrastructure Directorate participates in the organization's activities within its jurisdiction: expert consultations on rail infrastructure issues.

European Railway Agency (ERA)

European Railway Agency is the driving force for the modernization of the European railway sector. Mutually inconsistent technical and safety regulations in 27 member states are the main obstacle to the development of the railway sector. The Agency's task is to harmonize the technical regulations and to approaches and common safety objectives for the entire European rail network.

RailNetEurope (RNE)

RNE is an association established by managers of the European rail infrastructure and capacity allocation bodies. The goal of the association is to facilitate access to the European rail network, to enhance quality and efficiency of the international rail traffic. All of existing 37 RailNetEurope members coordinate the conditions and procedures for international rail infrastructure management for the benefit of the overall railway industry.

Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)

New policy of the EU rail infrastructure seeks to introduce a powerful European transport network, which would cover 28 Member States and promote the growth and competitiveness across all European countries. The network will connect the East and West, North and South via 9 major corridors, to be built by 2030. The 9 major corridors are: 2 North-South corridors, 3 East-West corridors, and 4 diagonal corridors. The core network will be technically interoperable and, thus, improve connections among different modes of transport and contribute to the EU's climate change objectives.
Currently, staff of SC "Lithuanian Railways", jointly with public railway infrastructure managers of Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium and Poland are implementing the EU Commission's decision as of 06-11-2012 on Union's financial assistance to projects of common interest "Preparatory studies and activities of the organisational structures of Rail Freight Corridor 8 Bremerhaven/Rotterdam/Antwerp-Aachen/Berlin-Warsaw-Terespol (Poland-Belarus border)/Kaunas)" - 2011-EU-95090-S - for the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

Updated on 2021-05-19