The railways of Ukraine and the EU countries create a united ring of the Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries – Volodymyr Omelyan
On September 5, 2018, Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, is on a visit to Krynica-Zdrój (Republic of Poland).
During the visit Volodymyr Omelyan took part in the XXVIII Economic Forum and Europe Carpathian Conference.
In the panel discussion on the prospects of the Carpathian region took part: Adamčik, the Minister of Infrastructure of the Republic of Poland, Rokas Masiulis, the Minister of Communications and Transport of the Republic of Lithuania, Arpad Eršek, the Minister of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic, Dan Tok, the Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic Republic, Peter Siarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungarywere.
Volodymyr Omelyan emphasized that infrastructure is always about the future: "It is extremely important that today, together with our European colleagues, we discuss joint projects in the infrastructure. Fast and efficient transport links are connecting Europe today and joint large infrastructure projects will unite it in the future."
According to the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, with the beginning of Russian aggression on the East of Ukraine, our state reoriented cargo and passenger traffic from the east to the west, to the EU: "Ukrainian vector looks strictly at the West. In 2015, we came up with the idea of a new transport corridor that would connect Ukraine, Ukrainian Black Sea ports with the EU, and we began to implement this idea in 2016. We hope to finish all work on a new transport corridor that will connect Poland with Ukraine and the Baltic Sea with the Black Sea, by 2020".
"Connecting with the EU this is not only roads, but also railways. In 2016, was born a brilliant idea to implement direct railway connection between Ukraine and Poland, between Kyiv, Lviv and Peremyshl, and we did it. This year, I hope we will launch a new direct connection between Mukachevo and Budapest. It is almost ready to launch and will be successful and high demand on the market. On September 28, we are launch a direct rail connection between Kyiv, Minsk, Riga and Vilnius", - Volodymyr Omelyan stressed. "The railways of Ukraine and the EU countries create a united ring of the Eastern Europe and the Baltic counties. Everything begins with Via Carpatia and leads to the whole world. "
In conclusion of the panel discussion, the Joint Ministerial Statement on major infrastructure projects in the Central and Eastern Europe region were signed.