Another threat to Ukrainian land exports: five Eastern European countries demand that Brussels revises the transport agreement with Ukraine.
On November 20, members of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania will send a joint letter to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, with a call to review the agreement, which provides for the liberalization of road traffic with Ukraine, writes Bloomberg.
According to the trucking union, the current agreement expires in June 2024, which “seriously distorts the market and causes irreversible damage to Hungarian and EU carriers”. Some IRU members will also send letters to their governments. The freight carriers want this deal canceled, or at the very least not extended. This will make it possible to return to the implementation of bilateral agreements between individual EU countries and Ukraine.
The European Commission has emphasized that re-introducing permits or quotas for road transport from Ukraine is legally impossible, as it would violate the current agreement between the EU and Kyiv.