Ukraine seeks to include the liberalization of international motor freight transportation with the EU in the renewed Association Agreement. This was discussed at a meeting between the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii and the Director-General of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission Henrik Hollolei today, October 6. The meeting took place within the framework of the 22nd Ukraine-EU Summit, which is currently taking place in Brussels. Dmytro Abramovich, First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, also took part in the meeting.
"We expect the introduction of unimpeded access for international transit conveyance of goods by road without restrictions on quotas for permits and the abolition of the system of permits for international freight transportation for "Euro-5" and "Euro-6". And we ask the European side to consider the inclusion of the Agreement on the liberalization of road transport in the renewed Agreement on the Ukraine-EU Association," said Vladyslav Kryklii during the meeting.
Together with Henrik Hollolei, the parties also discussed the implementation of projects under the Indicative TEN-T Investment Action Plan. "Ukraine is gradually joining the EU's transport and logistics corridors and becoming an important transit route between Europe and Asia. And we are ready to prolong the development of this area. We are striving to implement all projects envisaged by the Indicative TEN-T Investment Action Plan. And this includes 4800 km of roads and railways, 6 modern ports and 11 logistics centers in Ukraine. We are focused on opening and increasing the efficiency of Ukrainian inland waterways, and the expansion of the TEN-T network to the rivers of neighboring countries is of paramount importance to us. Therefore, we very much expect that Ukraine's inland waterways will be included in the TEN-T regional network together with the Ukrainian part of the Danube. For our part, we exert every effort to ensure that," said Vladyslav Kryklii.
The Minister stated that Ukraine expects the position of the European Commission on legal mechanisms to prevent restrictions on maritime traffic and continuous operation for Ukrainian vessels on the Danube after January 18, 2022.
In addition, the Ukrainian side is ready to carry out all necessary internal procedures for signing the Protocol to the INTERBUS Agreement on International Regular and Special Regular Bus Services, as well as the Protocol of Accession of the Kingdom of Morocco.
Vladyslav Kryklii informed about the implementation of large-scale concession projects, in particular, the conclusion of the first concession agreements regarding the Olvia and Kherson seaports with a total investment of about USD 134 million, and acquainted with promising investment projects to be implemented in 2021.
Moreover, the parties discussed Ukraine's technical integration into the EUROCONTROL data collection service, implementation of important infrastructure projects, in particular in the Azov area, as well as the signing of the Common Aviation Area Agreement with the EU and harmonization of Ukrainian transport legislation with the European one within the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement framework.