Ministry of Transport and Communications (Lithuania)

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Transport and Communications Ministry building
Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania
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Logo of Ministry
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Formed22 of Marth, 1990
JurisdictionGovernment of Lithuania
HeadquartersGedimino av. 17, Vilnius, Lithuania
Employees178
Ministers responsible
Websitewww.transp.lt

Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania is the main institution in Lithuania, which coordinates the work of road, rail, air, water, transport, postal and electronic communications sector and implements the strategy and politics of state government. The Ministry of Transport and Communications shall be a budgetary institution financed from the State budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

History[edit]

When Lithuania regained its independence the new Government was formed on 22 March 1990, and the Ministry of Transport and Communications was re-established as well. From the very first days of its activities the most important tasks of the Ministry included taking over of the transport sector from the subordination of all-union ministries, creation of new transport strategy and legal system, integration of the Lithuanian transport sector into the European transport network.

Role and responsibilities[edit]

The Ministry seeks:

  • to fulfil the requirements of European Union legislation in the areas of transport, post and electronic communications;
  • to modernize the transport infrastructure;
  • to integrate the main highways of the country into the trans-European networks;
  • to enable the development of transport business, transparent competition;
  • to improve transport and communication service quality;
  • to promote multimodal transport, logistics centers, public setting;
  • to coordinate activities in the areas of transport, post and electronic communications;
  • to take part in the development of the traffic safety policy for all modes of transport;
  • to take part in the development of the policy on the reduction of negative environmental impacts of transport areas.

The most important transport and communication infrastructure development projects[edit]

Construction of the first Rail Baltica rail. May 2010
Reconstruction oj Jakai roundabout. Building process of the longest overhead road in Lithuania. 2010 April.

Rail Baltica is one of the priority projects of the European Union Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T).European gauge railway is going to link Helsinki and Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas and Warsaw. The project is funded by the European Union's TEN-T, the Cohesion Fund and the Lithuanian State, started in 2010.

Via Baltica is known as a part of the European route E67 between Warsaw and Tallinn. International Via Baltica project is helping to create better traffic conditions between the Central, Western Europe and Baltic countries.

RAIN – the project of developing the broadband Internet in all rural areas of the country. This project will be completed in 2013. The project goal is to provide broadband access to all rural districts of public administrations, hospitals, laboratories, schools, museums, libraries, public Internet access points.

MEZON 4G Internet, acting on the basis of advanced wireless technologies, providing extremely high speed (download speed - up to 10 Mbit/s). MEZON Internet operates in 53 cities and towns, it is available for about 60 percent of Lithuania's population. It is planned next year to allow MEZON mobile Internet access across the densely populated territory of Lithuania.

Dredging of Klaipėda state sea port basin, construction and reconstruction of embankments (2004–2010), improving facilities of freight and passenger service.

Reconstruction of Sventoji Port. Started in 2010. The port is going to maintain recreational, small, sport, fishing boats, small sea cruise and passenger ships.

Construction of deep-water port in Klaipėda (planned).

Reconstruction of Jakai roundabout (2010, completed the first stage of reconstruction). 4-lane overhead road is linking Kaunas and Klaipėda directions.

Reconstruction of Railway tunnel in Kaunas (2008)

Modernization of Kena border railway statio (2008)

Institutions under the Ministry of Transport and Communications[edit]

  • State Road Transport Inspectorate
  • State Railway Inspectorate
  • Lithuanian Road Administration
  • Directorate of border crossing infrastructure
  • Information Society Development Committee

Institutions and Enterprises under the regulation of the Ministry[edit]

References[edit]

REGULATIONS OF THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA. [1]