Volodymyr Omelyan met with Dana Meager, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and Arpad Ersek, the Minister of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic
During a working visit to the Slovak Republic on February 20, 2019, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan held a meeting with Dana Meager, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and Arpad Ersek, the Minister of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic.
During the meeting with the State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, Volodymyr Omelyan discussed the development of the Silk Road, in particular, measures for the organization of the delivery of goods in containers from the EU countries to China and backward through the territory of Ukraine and Slovakia, the development of logistics complexes in Mukachevo, Chop and Kosice and propose to consider the possibility of the realization of the projects concerning the development of the airport Uzhhorod.
"Last year, Ukraine was included in the TEN-T Foreign Investment Action Plan, and if we unite our efforts with Slovakia to build new logistics complexes, we will definitely succeed. After the opening of the Beskid Tunnel, the transit through the territory of Ukraine and Slovakia can increase by several times, and we should use these opportunities", - Volodymyr Omelyan emphasized.
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic Mrs. Dana Meager, noted that Ukraine and Slovakia have a common strategic vision for further development, and the development of a logistics complex in Kosice can turn Ukraine and Slovakia into a gate between Asia and Europe and into a one big logistics hub. The State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic also invited Ukraine to join the Memorandum on the Development of the Silk Road, as this initiative has a high international interest and is in the interests of Ukraine, Slovakia, China, as well as the EU and Asia as a whole.
The parties agreed to elaborate the possibility for the developing of the logistic terminals in Kosice and Mukachevo and decided to create a working group, which will include representatives of the railways of Ukraine and the Slovak Republic.
During the meeting with Arpad Ersek, the Minister of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic, Volodymyr Omelyan discussed the issues of the development of railway and aviation cooperation. Representatives of the Ministries of Defense, Border Guard and aviation services of both countries have also attended the meeting. The key topic was the discussion of all aspects related to the restoration of full-fledged operation of the airport "Uzhgorod".
The Slovak side constructively approached to the issue of the opening of a regular service at the airport "Uzhgorod". Ukraine and Slovakia have held extensive negotiations, the results of which the Slovak side will hold relevant consultations and within two weeks will inform the Ukrainian side.
The parties also congratulated the launch of the new railway Mukachevo - Chop - Kosice. The Ministers of two countries agreed on the creation of a working group, which will work on the development of passenger and freight transportations, including issues of joint customs and border control.