The European Commission has amended the indicative maps of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) to include Ukrainian logistics routes while removing routes from Russia and Belarus.
It is reported by “European Truth” with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
“This decision is a strategic step in the process of Ukraine’s integration into the EU and will contribute to the implementation of the “Ways of Solidarity” initiative for the export of Ukrainian agricultural products and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Ukraine,” the agency notes.
The European Commission has made the following changes:
- The North-Baltic Corridor has been extended through Lvov and Kyiv to Mariupol;
- The Baltic-Chernomorsko-Aegean corridor is extended through Lviv, Chernivtsi (Romania and Moldova) to Odessa;
- corridors Baltic Sea – Adriatic Sea and Rhine – Danube will pass through Lviv.
As the Ministry of Infrastructure explains, the inclusion of logistics routes in the TEN-T network makes it possible to eliminate existing obstacles in the conduct of logistics operations, attract European investments to modernize the transport infrastructure, reduce logistics costs and improve the quality of services for the transportation of goods.
In addition, the European Commission excluded Russian and Belarusian routes from the TEN-T network, and also lowered the status of routes in the EU at the junctions with these aggressor countries.
The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is being created by the European Union to connect Europe from west to east and from north to south with a network of roads, railways, airports and waterways. The development of the transport system will take place in two stages: by 2030, the construction of the “key” network should be completed, and by 2050 – the “common” network.
Ukraine joined TEN-T in 2017. According to the Indicative Investment Plan of the European Commission for the development of TEN-T corridors, by 2030 it is planned to implement projects in Ukraine for a total of 4.45 billion euros – this is the largest figure among all the EU Eastern Partnership countries.