21 April, First Vice Prime Minister/ Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Finance of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki during which the counterparts discussed strengthening of Ukrainian-Polish cooperation in trade-economic and investment spheres.
During the meeting Stepan Kubiv reminded that Ukraine and Poland had embarked on implementation of mutually beneficial cooperation projects in trade, infrastructure and transport, energy, tourism, culture, therefore, collaboration to promote the aforesaid projects should enhance.
“Ukraine and Poland will have beneficial outcomes as a result of promoting a new macro-regional EU strategy for the Carpathian region countries. The promotion of this project in the European Commission by Poland will allow for over 8 countries of the Carpathian region to establish effective beneficial partnership in trade, transport and other sectors”, stressed Stepan Kubiv.
In turn Mateusz Morawiecki noted the importance of intensifying of Ukrainian-Polish dialogue at the top political and diplomatic level.
“After five years of the recess in relations it is a fresh momentum for the Ukrainian-Polish relations, which marks holding of the intergovernmental Commission on economic cooperation, so you should launch such projects that would quickly, within a few years, yield results for the mutual benefit of both Ukraine and Poland”, said Mateusz Morawiecki.
Stepan Kubiv added that with the approach of the effect of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU Poland and Ukraine need to strengthen the work on improving the border infrastructure, in particular improving the conditions of crossing the Ukrainian-Polish border, increasing the number of border checkpoints.
“The construction of a European rail network between Ukraine and Poland is an example of additional opportunities opening up for trade and tourism, hence we must continue work on infrastructure projects and encourage to this process regions bordering on Ukraine and Poland, that at the local level appear effective locomotives capable to enhance collaboration in trade, economy, transport and regional development”, reminded Stepan Kubiv.
Moreover, he noted that the border opportunities between Ukraine and Poland include benefits from cooperation in the energy sector, among which is the creation of a pilot project for the modernization of TPP with the use of coal from Ukraine and Poland.
“Sokalsky district is the area for extraction of coal from the formation of deposits geographically located both on Polish and Ukrainian territories, so it would be logical to cooperate in here and provide coal to Ukrainian thermal power plants. After all, energy independence from Russia is a key objective being implemented by the Ukrainian Government. Therefore, energy cooperation of Ukraine and Poland is a logical strategic goal, advantageous for both our countries”, said Stepan Kubiv.
According to him, benefits can also be enjoyed from joint projects in aviation industry, the production of organic agricultural products, aerospace and military sector and other industries.