November 30, 2023, 15:29

When searching for compromises with Polish protesters, it is unacceptable to talk about reintroduction of permit system for Ukrainian truckers – Yulia Klymenko

Polish carriers have five major demands, and some of them can be fulfilled by the Ukrainian side. This includes, in particular, access to the Shliakh system and allowing empty European trucks to return without standing in a queue. However, in no case can there be a return to the permit system for Ukrainian truckers, as this will significantly harm the economy of Ukraine and may affect the possibility of importing humanitarian goods, and what’s even more important – may undermine the possibility of bringing weapons into Ukraine.

Yulia Klymenko, Member of Parliament, First Deputy Head of Verkhovna Rada’s Transport & Infrastructure Committee, made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“I believe that we can talk about any compromises in the Shliakh system, in the electronic queue, about a separate line for European transport. But we cannot talk about one item – the return of permits for our truckers. The country must insist on this, because after all this is the liberalization of freight traffic. For us, this is the main way. If we return to the pre-war number of permits, which is about 200,000 per year, we will actually reduce freight traffic in Ukraine by three times. Accordingly, it will be possible to deliver three times less goods needed by Ukrainians into Ukraine. And this will significantly harm both the economy and humanitarian cargo. And it will also significantly undermine the even capabilities of importing weapons to Ukraine,” explained Yulia Klymenko.

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