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  • The EU develops recommendations to ensure freight moving across the EU, continuous flow of goods and services within the TEN-T framework
    Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, posted 26 March 2020 14:10

    The EU has issued new practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods, freight moving across the EU borders within the framework of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to which Ukraine is included. Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Natalia Forsiuk told today, March 26, 2020.

    Natalia Forsiuk noted that the EU considers promoting the work of carriers the next step after anti-epidemiological measures by the importance because maintaining sustainable trade is the support for the functioning of the economies of European countries. “The EU has made recommendations to facilitate the smooth movement of goods, the availability of goods and essential services within the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), to which Ukraine is included. The recommendations should help those who are putting themselves at risk from city to city, from country to country delivering the necessary things to people: products, personal protection goods, medicines and any other goods,” the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine emphasized.

    Therefore, the recommendations, in particular, contain the following:

    • Crossing the border by drivers of freight vehicles, including any checks and health screening, should not take more than 15 minutes.
    • Procedures at green lane border crossings should be minimized and streamlined to what is strictly necessary. Checks and screening should be carried out without drivers having to leave their vehicles, and drivers themselves should undergo only minimal checks. Drivers of freight vehicles should not be asked to produce any document other than their identification and driving license and if necessary a letter from the employer. The electronic submission/display of documents should be accepted.
    • the Commission recommends that Member States take action to ensure the free movement of all workers involved in international transport, whatever the transport mode. In particular, rules such as travel restrictions, and mandatory quarantine of transport workers not displaying symptoms, should be waived.

    According to experts of the Ministry of Infrastructure Reform Support Team, jointly ensuring the continuous freight movement, availability of goods and essential services within the TEN-T, European countries thus create the necessary prerequisites for mitigation of the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic for national economies and effective adaptation of logistics to new realities.