According to Erik Laidvee, the new CEO of Estonian state-owned railway infrastructure company Estonian Railways (EVR), the decrease of transit in the eastern direction must be stopped and North-South transit should be established.
Transit in the direction of the East has recently declined considerably and the company's primary goal is to halt its further decline, Laidvee told BNS.
According to the new CEO, who began work in his new position on Monday, he is planning to meet with representatives of Russian Railways to discuss possible cooperation. "A big meeting has been planned already for thi week and I have to be in Moscow on Wednesday," he said.
At the same time, more cooperation must take place with railway operators and ports to market Estonia's transit as one channel.
In addition, North-South transit should be launched to carry Finnish goods to the South and Asian goods to Finland. This could be done in cooperation with Finnish and Asian operators, he said.
Laidvee, former CEO of Estonian transit company Transiidikeskus, began work as CEO of EVR on Monday.
According to Priit Rohumaa, chairman of the supervisory board of EVR, the company's new chief must establish good relations with state institutions. "EVR has several ongoing development projects that are important for Estonia and the funding of which depends on national decisions," he said. "Approving the investment plan can only work in cooperation with the state."
Rohumaa added that Laidvee is a strong leader who is expected to carry out active development operations as well as put in order the company's managing and procedural side.
EVR's former CEO, Sulev Loo, assumed the post on Sept. 1, 2015 and resigned on Feb. 10 of this year.
Editor: Aili Vahtla