The EU, Moldova, Ukraine and France, which now holds the European Council presidency, have signed road transport agreements to help ensure food security, following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its blockage of traditional transport routes.
Ukraine and the EU also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on updating Ukraine’s indicative TEN-T network. This document will make it easier to identify common infrastructure priorities and, in the long term, will guide the reconstruction of infrastructure once that becomes possible.
“We are partly liberalising road transport for Ukrainian and Moldovan hauliers in the EU to keep up export flows and ensuring that Ukraine can import the goods it needs. They will also provide relief to 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,” said the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean. “We have also taken steps to tie Ukraine closer to the EU in terms of infrastructure, which will help guide the reconstruction effort once Ukraine has fended off Russia’s war of aggression.”
Earlier, the European Commission’s Solidarity Lanes Action Plan has mobilised national administrations, rail, road and waterborne transport operators, EU ports and many other stakeholders, with the aim to circumvent the Ukrainian Black Sea ports blockade, imposed by Russia. The road transport agreements will contribute to these efforts, by making it easier to transport goods between the EU and Ukraine and Moldova by road, allowing Ukrainian, Moldovan and EU hauliers to transit through and operate between each other’s territories, without the need for permits for these operations.
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