EU and Ukraine stress further legislative reforms to be key in attracting investment and ensuring efficient, safe and secure transport in Ukraine

Director-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission Henrik Hololei and Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan met in Odesa on May 24 to discuss enhanced cooperation in the transport sector.

     The EU-Ukraine High-Level Transport Dialogue provides a forum for engagement and cooperation. EU Commission Director-General Hololei said that further reforms are needed to ensure compatibility with EU norms and standards. 

     “The EU extended its transport network to Ukraine and supports its ambitions as a transit country and logistics hub between Europe and Asia. We welcome cooperation across all transport modes and we are looking forward to Ukraine’s progress in putting in place a modern legal framework to deliver on our joint ambition for efficient, safe and sustainable transport,” Hololei said.

     "The implementation of the agreed actions under the Association Agreement will provide further momentum to our economic growth. The transport reform is ultimately aiming to create an effective transport system in Ukraine, meet people's need for safe and affordable transportation, improve conditions for doing business in the sector, full integration of the Ukrainian transport network into the Trans-European Transport Network. The EU is Ukraine’s largest partner and we will cooperate to further develop Ukraine’s transport potential,” Omelyan noted.

 

Background information:

The EU–Ukraine High-Level Dialogue was co-organised with the support of the EU-funded technical assistance project AASISTS (Support to the Implementation of the Association Agreement and of the National Strategy in the Transport Sector in Ukraine). The AASISTS project aims to support the Ministry of Infrastructure and the related transport agencies and stakeholders in achieving: a competitive and efficient transport system, an innovative development of transport sector and global investment projects, a safe, environmentally friendly and energy efficient transport. The technical assistance project is implemented by Egis International in partnership with Expertise France. The budget of the project is EUR 3.9 mln.