Ukraine and the EU signed a “transport visa-free”: carriers canceled permits, and drivers – international rights

Ukraine and the EU signed a

Ukraine has signed an agreement with the European Union, according to which Ukrainian carriers no longer need to obtain permits for transportation to the bloc countries. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure.

– Today in Lyon, France, Ukraine and the European Union signed an agreement on freight transport by road. It eliminates the need for Ukrainian carriers to obtain appropriate permits for bilateral and transit transportation to the EU states and avoids stopping the export of Ukrainian products through automobile checkpoints, the ministry said in a statement.

As Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov noted, the signed agreement is the next actual step of Ukraine towards EU membership. According to him, such cooperation is extremely necessary in the context of the reorientation of logistics to the western borders.

– Realizing the difficult logistics situation in Ukraine, due to the blockade of seaports and damage to transport infrastructure, European colleagues significantly accelerated the process of agreeing on an agreement. The developing food crisis is clear evidence that such integration is in the interests of not only Ukraine, but the entire world community, he stressed.

The agreement also provides for measures to simplify the recognition of driver's documents. Now Ukrainian drivers in the EU countries will not require an international driver's license. The term of the agreement is 1 year with the possibility of prolongation, and temporarily comes into force from June 29. On a permanent basis, the agreement will work after the completion of all ratification procedures.

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