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EU Invests in Ukraine's Railway Infrastructure for Cross-Border Development

EU Invests in Ukraine's Railway Infrastructure for Cross-Border Development
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27 / 06 / 2023

The European Union is investing in the development of Ukraine's railway infrastructure. The funds are provided under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) financial instrument for the development of border crossings with the Republic of Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Hungary.

"Ukraine is actively working to integrate its railway infrastructure into the European Union. We have already started implementing several such projects, but now we need systematic support from our international partners and financial institutions. It is the first time in history that the EU has irrevocably allocated funds for the implementation of railway projects in Ukraine. We will develop the most promising crossings with EU countries whose infrastructure needs to be modernised," said Yevhen Liashchenko, Chairman of the Board of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways).

According to Ukrzaliznytsia, the funds will be used to develop the Yahodyn-Dorohusk and Mostyska II-Medyka border crossing points with the Republic of Poland.

In addition, the Chop-Cherná nad Tisou/Záhony checkpoint connecting Ukraine with the Slovak Republic and Hungary will be developed. It is planned to build an intermodal terminal and adjacent infrastructure at the Chop station.

In addition, 1435 mm station tracks will be reconstructed at Vadul-Siret and Hlyboka-Bukovynska stations as part of joint projects with Romania.

"Cooperation with the CEF is a new tool for Ukraine and the railway. During the first participation in the funding competition, we applied with our neighbouring countries, and, therefore, the emphasis was placed on the development of our western crossings with EU countries. The next project submission will take place in September this year, and we will identify and propose projects for investment in the EU. Our plans include the development of TEN-T railway corridors with a 1435 mm European gauge to develop freight and passenger traffic with the European Union," said Oleh Yakovenko, Director of the Strategy and Transformation Department at Ukrzaliznytsia.