At the meeting with European Ambassadors on 28 November 2016, Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, announced that 2017-2018 will be the years of development of the border infrastructure in Ukraine. Cristian-Leon Turcanu, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to Ukraine, Erno Keshken, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to Ukraine, Rafal Wolski, Minister Counsellor, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Republic of Poland to Ukraine and Johannes Baur, representative of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, also attended the meeting.
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine thanked the Ambassadors of the European States for strengthening the bilateral cooperation for the development of the countries’ border infrastructure. The Minister highlighted numerous bilateral meetings were held with the leaders of specialized agencies of Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. "We have worked out an action plan that we can implement in the near future. We are talking about the development of border check points, construction of the access roads, development of a direct rail connection between Ukraine and the EU. These are real steps, which will have an effect on citizens, business and the economy of the border regions ", Volodymyr Omelyan said.
The Minister further stressed that the priority task for the Ministry is to prepare technical documentation for the implementation of new joint projects, as well as the successful completion of projects that have already started.
The Ambassadors of the European States welcome the dynamics of bilateral cooperation and have underlined that the joint European-Ukrainian border should become a connection line, between Ukraine and Europe, but not otherwise.