Danish Copenhagen and Swedish Malmö are planning a metro line linking the two cities across the Öresund Strait.
The mayors of the two cities said at a press conference that the metro could be built before 2035. The transport line will provide jobs, reduce travel time and increase investment potential.
According to preliminary plans, the metro train will leave every one and a half minutes, the travel time between cities will be 23 minutes, half that of the current bridge.
Today, there are road and rail links between cities across the Öresund bridge, which have a total capacity of 1.3 million people. Crossing the strait lasts about an hour.
Passenger traffic is expected to increase to approximately 2.3 million people with the construction of the metro. The project is estimated to cost DKK 30 billion (4 billion euros).
The Öresund Strait, which separates the Danish island of Zealand from southern Sweden, is 4 km wide at its narrowest point. Oresund is one of the three straits connecting the Baltic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the busiest waterways in the world.
Estonia and Sweden announce joint military exercises
The Swedish squadron will fly to Estonia to participate in the first joint maneuvers. The program includes round-the-clock flights and training aerial battles. The Swedish armed forces will hold annual military exercises in late May, in which the Estonian Air Force will take part for the first time. On Sunday, May 20, the press service of the Estonian army.
“After the restoration of independence, these will be the first exercises held jointly by the Estonian Air Force and Sweden,” said the Acting Air Force Commander Rijivo Valge. He called the exercises “an interesting challenge” and “an opportunity to work out defense cooperation”.
A Swedish squadron of 8 aircraft should arrive at the airbase near Tallinn, on which about a hundred Swedish troops will be deployed. Flights will be carried out around the clock – both over the territory of Sweden and over the territory of Estonia. Training air battles will take place only in the airspace of Sweden.
Estonia will spend 188 million euros to protect the border with Russia
The construction of infrastructure and the equipment of technical surveillance systems on the Estonian-Russian border will cost 188 million euros until 2026. Estonia plans to start operations in 2019.In 2019, Estonia will begin construction of infrastructure and equipment for technical surveillance systems on the border with Russia. This was reported on the website of the Estonian Parliament of the Riigikogu on Saturday, June 2.
For these purposes, until 2026 will be spent 188 million euros. As a partner, the Estonian Ministry of the Interior has engaged the Frontex European Border Guard.
Earlier, the legal commission and the special parliamentary oversight committee for security institutions examined the progress of work on a 3.5 km test plot. According to the chairman of the special commission Raivo Aega, the planned investments should create the conditions necessary for cooperation between the Estonian law enforcement agencies, security institutions and the country’s Defense Forces.
The length of the Estonian-Russian border is over 330 kilometers. The project of its equipment, the preliminary cost of which was originally 79 million euros, was presented in 2015.
NABU detectives will be trained by experts from Denmark and Estonia
Estonia, together with Denmark, is ready to train detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). This was announced by Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mixer.
“Through the Center for Eastern Partnership of Estonia, we will contribute to the anti-corruption initiative of the European Union, in which we will train detectives of the anti-corruption bureau of Ukraine,” said Mixer.
According to him, “both countries support the organization of training for journalists and public opinion leaders in order to better convey to the public the content of the reforms and the need to maintain the enthusiasm of Ukrainians to continue the reform process.”
Mixer also noted that Ukraine has achieved significant success in implementing reforms, but stressed that reforms should continue.