The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii held an online working meeting with the Head of the European Investment Bank in Ukraine Jean-Erik de Zagon today, January 28.
The parties summed up the activities in 2020 and discussed prospects for further cooperation in various infrastructure areas. The event was also attended by Deputy Minister of Infrastructure for European Integration Natalia Forsyuk.
Vladyslav Kryklii thanked the EIB team for fruitful cooperation throughout 2020 and noted that the Ukrainian side is extremely satisfied with the achieved results and hopes to continue such work in 2021. We are talking about concluding 3 joint agreements with the bank on the projects Ukraine Urban Public Transport Fl II, Logistics Network (Modernization and Digitization of Ukrposhta) and the project Eastern Ukraine: Reunification, Reconstruction and Revival (Project 3B), which provides for the renewal of the road infrastructure of Luhansk region.
The parties discussed further cooperation on the implementation of a number of important projects to improve traffic safety and introduction of modern intelligent systems in transport, in particular:
In addition, Vladyslav Kryklii announced the Ministry's intentions to promote environmentally friendly means of transport in Ukraine, in particular to create a modern infrastructure for electric vehicles.
The Minister also stressed that Ukraine supports the continuation of the second stage of the project "Urban Road Safety II" and is ready to start working with cities to determine the portfolio of potential subprojects. The parties discussed possible cooperation on projects to build the Kyiv Ring Road and the M-14 Odessa-Melitopol-Novoazovsk highway, upgrade Ukrzaliznytsia's rolling stock, develop inland waterways, modernize navigable locks on the Dnipro and create a modern river information service. In turn, the leader of the Ministry confirmed the readiness of the Ukrainian side to sign an agreement on cooperation in the development of a feasibility study for the project of electrification of the railway line Kovel-Yagodyn-state border.
Apart from that, the parties agreed to consider the possibility of preparing for the implementation of a new project for the construction of railway lines in Luhansk region with their further electrification.
A separate issue of the meeting was the discussion of the development project of Boryspil International Airport SE. Its implementation will increase passenger traffic and envisage the reconstruction of flight zone 2 with the construction of a new runway, its equipment with modern radio and lighting equipment and other engineering infrastructure, etc.
As a result, the parties identified priorities among joint projects on which they will work closely together during the current year.