TEN-T Days 2015

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, in cooperation with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of European Union, Minister of Transport Anrijs Matīss, will invite Riga Ministers, Members of the European Parliament and key stakeholders to discuss the development of the trans-European transport network, with a special focus on the Core Network Corridors, their implementation and financing.

The programme

  • 0800 - 0930


  • 0900 - 1000

    TEN-T Corridors : Boosting Investment for economic growth and jobs

  • 1000 - 1100

    Innovative financing of transport infrastructure

  • 1100 - 1130

    Coffee Break

  • 1100 -1330

    Natural Gas and Bio-Methane as Fuels for Transport

    Natural gas offers important environmental benefits in terms of reduction of CO2 and pollutant emissions, in particular when it is blended with bio-methane.
    Directive 2014/94/EU "on the deployment alternative fuels infrastructures" establishes a regulatory framework for Member States to promote alternative fuels such as natural gas as fuels for transport and to make the relevant infrastructure available. The TEN-T policy and its financial instrument Connecting Facility Fund (CEF) has been key to promote innovation in transport and to launch the build-up of EU infrastructures for the use of natural gas in transport.
    The workshop on L-CNG aims to ascertain how the synergic effect of these EU policy actions can enhance the take-up of the alternatively fuelled transport systems' market and the competitiveness of the European industry, so as to promote economic growth and employment.

  • 1130 - 1300

    Financial instruments : from theory to practice

  • 1300 - 1330

    Conference Conclusions

  • 1330 - 1430

    Coffee Break

  • 1430 -1700

    Joint Workshop on innovation pipelines

    This session is based on the pipeline concept presented at the general innovation session of Monday morning, and will, as a first example, establish a specific innovation pipeline for Hydrogen (H2) and Fuel Cell technology (FCH).
    The implementing instrument is the joint innovation workshop, for which the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking of the H2020 Programme becomes a partner of the TEN-T/CEF Programme, with the political objective to give H2 and FCH a strong coordinated push for its market roll-out on TEN-T, by proving that this new technology is ready for mass deployment.
    The four facets of the workshop contain also a presentation of the European Investment Bank (EIB) adapting the new financial instruments of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and Juncker Initiative to the specific needs of innovative projects as well as a breakout exhibition on H2 & FCH.

  • 1430 - 1700

    Delivering Sesar Solutions

  • 1430 - 1630

    EU Rail Corridors - for seamless rail freight services across Europe

    The EU Rail Freight Corridors play a central role in the Commission's rail freight policy. The workshop will bring together the managers of EU Rail Freight Corridors and their customers and stakeholders, take stock of the experiences from the establishment and initial phase of operation of the corridors, highlight important milestones and achievements and discuss prospects, plans and needs for their further development as backbone of the European freight transport system.

The exhibition

The TEN-T Days Exhibition will feature an indoor showcase of over 40 different TEN-T projects and initiatives, all helping to improve European transport infrastructure. An outdoor display featuring innovative hardware will also provide you with the opportunity to ride and drive electric and hydrogen vehicles around Riga's beautiful Esplanade. Find out more…

Thanks to EU funding, European transport infrastructure is being transformed from a patchwork into a network, connecting European citizens and bringing a wealth of benefits to the EU as a whole. At the TEN-T Days Exhibition in Riga, you'll be able to learn more about 40 different TEN-T projects and initiatives and meet the people helping to make it happen. A full list of exhibitors will follow soon. Those organisations already confirmed for the indoor Exhibition include:

  • TENtec Information System
  • Innovation & Networks Executive Agency
  • European Railway Agency
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • European Maritime Safety Agency

The outdoor Exhibition will include a display featuring innovative hardware, and allow you with the exciting opportunity to ride & drive electric and hydrogen vehicles around Riga's beautiful Esplanade.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Riga TEN-T Days Exhibition!


Practical info

  • About Riga

    As the 2014 European Capital of Culture, headquarters of the Latvian Presidency, and one of the most innovative cities of the Baltic region, Riga is definitively a city that you must discover!

    Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city of the Baltic States with more than 640.000 inhabitants.  This vibrant and lively city presents a mix of cultures and architectural styles and features a host of interesting quarters to explore such as the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    One of the most innovative cities of the Baltic region, Riga has always been a dynamic and enterprising centre of activity. The Daugava, also referred to as the River of Destiny by Latvians, flows through the city into the Gulf of Riga.

    Due to its key location, dense railroad network, excellent air transport connection and rarely frozen harbour, Riga has developed into a significant transportation hub.

    In order to facilitate trade flows in the north-south direction, there are plans to implement a pan-Baltic railway route, Rail Baltica, connecting Tallinn–Riga–Kaunas–Warsaw–Berlin. This ambitious project would also serve as the first step in Latvia’s transition to European railway-gauge technical standards and will be one of the focal points of the Ten-T Days 2015. 

    Useful information about Riga can be found on www.liveriga.com/en



    Latvia’s geographical location makes it possible to enjoy four pronounced seasons. The presence of the Baltic Sea means that the climate is temperate and humid. June is usually sunny and warm, however there is a chance of rain. For the latest forecast, please visit: www.meteo.lv/en/laiks/


    Latvian Time is GMT+2. From late March until late October Latvia participates in the Western European summer time scheme, GMT+3.


    Latvian is the official language of Latvia. English is widely spoken.


    Latvia’s currency is the euro (€).
    Other currencies can be exchanged for euros at most banks and exchange offices located in the city centre and at the airport.
    There are many ATMs in the city and major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

  • Map + Venues

    Throughout the Ten-T Days 2015, you will experience venues in Riga like the Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel, the Esplanade and the … The venues are listed below with a short description for each.

    The Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel is a modern and exclusive business class hotel situated in the centre of Riga. This year, the hotel has been chosen to host all the meetings and the sessions of the 2015 edition of the TEN-T Days.
    More info: http://www.radissonblu.com/latvijahotel-riga

    The Esplanade is the public park of Riga. Situated in front of the Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel, this centrally located park will host a part of the exhibition and some demonstrations of innovative electric vehicles.


  • Travel

    BY AIR

    Riga International Airport (RIX) is located just 10 km from the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport or taxi. It offers routes to 83 destinations, including most European capitals and transfer hubs.

    From the airport to the hotel

    Airport Express hotel shuttles operated by AirBaltic (green minibuses). The schedule of the runs will be communicate later but please note that shuttles will be provided only during the two days of the event (22th & 23th June 2015).

    Taxi services are available at Riga airport 24 hours a day and are located outside the arrivals area. The average fare from the airport to the city centre (Old Town) is € 15-20. The fare depends on both distance and time. Green AirBaltic and red Riga Cab taxi services are available and recommended.

    Public transport bus No 22 connects the airport with the city centre. The bus stop is located behind car park P1 opposite Arrival E. The service operates up to every 15 minutes from Mondays to Fridays and up to every 20 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. It can take up to 30 minutes to reach the centre.

    BY SEA

    Riga Port is connected to Stockholm (Sweden) by a direct ferry line. Tallink (www.tallink.com) operates ferry connections from Stockholm to Riga every other day. The ferry terminal building is located at Eksporta iela 1, within walking distance of the Old City.


    The recently renovated Riga Central Railway Station is located at Stacijas Square, directly east of the Old Town border.

    BY CAR

    Northern and southern road links have recently been modernised. The speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas and 90 km/h on rural roads, unless marked otherwise. On some highways the speed limit is 100 km/h. Headlights must be switched on at all times.

  • Accommodation

    In order to facilitate the booking of your accommodation, we have organised special rates with the Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel (event venue) and the nearby Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel.

    These special rates for TEN-T participants are accessible via an online link or a downloaded form. The rates depend on room availability and are guaranteed until 22 May 2015. Please note that neither DG MOVE nor INEA can act as intermediary and/or book rooms on behalf of participants.


    The Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel will host the entire 2015 TEN-T Days event and Exhibition. Located in Riga's business and shopping district, the hotel is only a 10 minute walk to the historic Old Town, and easily accessible by public transport.

    In order to benefit from the special TEN-T Days room rate, book your room by completing and sending this form to the hotel.
  • If you are directed to the Radisson Blu Latvija website then please advise to use code MOVETE

    Elizabetes 55, LV-1010 Riga
    Tel: +371 677 72222
    Email: info.latvija.riga@radissonblu.com



    The Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel in Riga provides convenient city centre accommodation. This hotel is situated in the same street that the Radisson Blu Latvija near the Esplanade. Guests can walk to a variety of fascinating attractions from the hotel. The Old Town is only 750 metres away. Click here to book your room at the special TEN-T Days room rate 
  • If you are directed to the Radisson Blu Latvija website then please advise to use code MOVETE

    Elizabetes 73, LV-1010 Riga
    Tel: +371 6 778 5555
    Email: info.elizabete.riga@radissonblu.com


    Radisson Blu Daugava, 4****
    Address: Kuģu iela 24, Rīga LV-1048,
    Phone: +371 67061111

    Albert Hotel, 4****
    Address: Dzirnavu iela 33, Rīga LV-1010,
    Phone: +371 67331717

    Astor Hotel, 4****
    Address: Z.A. Meierovica bulv. 10, Rīga LV-1050,
    Phone: +371 67217777

    Avalon Hotel, 4****
    Address: 13. Janvāra iela 19, Rīga LV-1050,
    Phone: +371 67169999

    Bergs Hotel, 5*****
    Address: Elizabetes iela 83, Rīga LV-1050,
    Phone: +371 67770900

    Europa Royale Hotel, 5*****
    Address: Kr. Barona iela 12, Rīga LV-1050,
    Phone: +371 67079444

    Konventa Seta Hotel 3***
    Address: Kalēju iela 9/11, Rīga LV-1050,
    Phone: +371 67087507

    Opera Hotel & Spa, 4****
    Address: Raiņa bulv. 33, Rīga LV-1051,
    Phone: +371 67063400

    Radisson Blu Elizabete, 4****
    Address: Elizabetes iela 73 , Rīga LV-1050,
    Phone: +371 67785555

    Radisson Blu Latvija, 4****
    Address: Elizabetes iela 55 , Rīga LV-1010,
    Phone: +371 67772222


  • Sightseeing

    Famous spots include: National Library of Latvia, Town Hall Square, Freedom Monument, Spikeri Quarter, St. Peter's Church, Riga Central Market, Riga Dome Cathedral and square, the Art Museum, House of the Blackheads, etc.
    For main attractions in Riga click here.
    To dowload a copy of a portable guide to Riga, including list of hotels, restaurants, events, maps, shopping and much more click here.

    Old Town Panorama Trip

    During this tour through the Riga Canal, you can enjoy magnificent views of Kronvalds Park, Bastejkalns, the National Opera, the Stockmann Centre, Riga International Coach Station and the Central Market, while the Daugava River offers great views of the TV tower on Zaķusala Island, the Presidential Palace, the Dome cathedral and the towers of Old Town; the boat also passes by the Andrejosta and Riga harbours.

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