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Infrastructure Ministries of Ukraine, Poland agree to partially unblock border

The Uhryniv-Dolhobychuv checkpoint will be opened for empty trucks. 

Infrastructure Ministries of Ukraine, Poland agree to partially unblock border
Photo: Infrastructure Ministry

The Ministry of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine and the Ministry of Infrastructure have agreed to partially unblock the border. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian ministry.

The steps were agreed upon at a meeting in Warsaw by Deputy Head of the Ministry of Reconstruction Serhiy Derkach, Polish Secretary of State Rafał Weber and Government Commissioner for Polish-Ukrainian Development Cooperation Jadwiga Emilewicz.

Among the agreements:

  • opening the Uhryniv-Dolhobychuv checkpoint for empty trucks to increase border capacity and reduce the burden on other checkpoints;
  • creation of a queue system for empty vehicles at the Yahodyn-Dorohusk and Krakivets-Korchova checkpoints. It is at these checkpoints that there are physical lanes for empty vehicles directly at the checkpoint on both the Ukrainian and Polish sides;
  • launching a pilot project with registration in eCheck immediately before crossing the border at the Nyzhankovychi - Malhowice checkpoint for a period of one month.

The issue of cancelling or amending the "transport visa-free regime" was not discussed or included in the agenda.

At the same time, Polish protesters insist that Uhryniv-Dolhobychuv and Nyzhankovychi-Malhowice should be open only for vehicles with EU registration. However, the Ministry of Reconstruction stated that such a position is unacceptable to Ukraine and the European Union, as it is a discriminatory rule against other countries.

At the same time, the Ministry of Infrastructure noted that it is working with DG MOVE to develop strategic solutions that will resolve the situation with queues at the border and reduce tensions in road transport. The key points are to improve the capacity of existing checkpoints. It also includes the development of an Action Plan for the development of Ukrainian-Polish border crossing points (the development strategy is already ready on the Ukrainian side). 

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