Today, July 16, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii held a working meeting with the EU Ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas. The parties discussed preparations for the EU-Ukraine summit, the state of implementation of EU legislation in the field of transport, as well as further cooperation in various areas.
Vladyslav Kryklii said that the Ministry of Infrastructure is improving its performance on the implementation of EU legislation and the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. "European integration is our main goal. We are actively cooperating with MPs so that the bill on inland waterways, which launches the reform of river transport in Ukraine and is positively assessed by the European side, is adopted shortly. It is also critical for us to approve the law on multimodal transportation developed by the Ministry of Infrastructure. But first of all, the deputy corps should consider the bill on railway transport, which apart from ensuring the implementation of the EU law is key to reforming the railways," said the Minister.
Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikas noted Ukraine's progress on its path towards European integration and stressed the need for full implementation of EU law in the field of infrastructure and transport.
Vladyslav Kryklii stressed that Ukraine is very much looking forward to the signing of the Common Aviation Area Agreement and, for its part, has fulfilled all the necessary requirements for that. The signing of this Agreement will be a powerful step for the development of the Ukrainian aviation industry, which will allow to increase passenger traffic and the number of flights from the EU.
According to the Minister, the Ukrainian side also appealed to the European Commission to resolve the situation between Ukraine and Poland regarding motor transportation permits. “At the time of signing the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, the quota of permits was 200,000 per year. In recent years, it has been reduced by the Polish side to 160,000, which contradicts the terms of the Association Agreement," added Vladyslvw Kryklii.
Apart from that, the parties discussed the financing of important infrastructure projects in the field of road management and maritime transport to provide external assistance to the socio-economic development of the Ukrainian regions in the Azov Sea area (the so-called "Azov package"). The Minister of Infrastructure stressed the interest in their implementation. These are projects to increase capacity and electrification of Zaporizhia-Mariupol railway, overhaul of M-14 highway along the Kherson-Mariupol route and the concession of the Berdiansk Seaport. In addition to the Port of Berdiansk, among the first successful concession projects that are currently being actively prepared is the concession of the Commercial Sea Port Chornomorsk.
The event was also attended by Deputy Minister of Infrastructure for European Integration Natalia Forsiuk and representatives of the Ministry.