LITHUANIA: National railway LG is to be restructured with effect from September 1, following government approval last month of proposals drawn up by the Ministry of Transport & Communications.

LG will be reorganised into separate passenger, freight and infrastructure divisions, all controlled by a 100%-state owned holding company.

Minister of Transport & Communications Rokas Masiulis said this structure was based on the German model, and had been chosen ‘in accordance with the most advanced international practice’.

He said the reform was ‘not drastically radical’ and would protect facilities of strategic importance to national security. LG would ‘definitely remain under control of the state’, but would be become ‘more transparent, financially stable and easy to control’.