EU proposes freight transport agreements with Ukraine and Moldova to help secure supply chains

EU proposes freight transport agreements with Ukraine and Moldova to help secure supply chains

April 6, 2022

The EU has proposed a partial liberalisation of road transport with Ukraine and Moldova to help key secure supply chains – including food security – by allowing the two countries to shift exports from sea routes currently unavailable due to the Russian military aggression.

In a proposal sent to the European Council today, the European Commission proposes to open negotiations with the two countries with a view to concluding road freight transport agreements with the EU. With traditional transport routes in the region now closed, the initiative seeks to secure supply chains following Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified aggression against Ukraine. 

European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, said: “Today, we propose to conclude transport agreements with Ukraine and Moldova by partly liberalising road transport for their hauliers in the EU. This will allow Ukraine to shift important export goods from sea routes – currently unavailable due to the Russian military aggression. The blockage of the Black Sea ports has also negatively affected Moldova, which has lost essential transport routes through Ukraine for its own exports, and whose economy has been heavily impacted by the war in Ukraine. Our proposal will provide immediate relief to the economies of these two countries.” 

The Commission proposes more flexibility for road freight transport, allowing Ukrainian, Moldovan and EU hauliers to transit through and operate between each other’s territories. The proposal also includes clauses on the recognition of Ukrainian driving licences and certificates of professional competence to further support Ukrainian drivers.

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