Brussels, 27 July 2022
On the 27th of July, the EU Commission proposed to amend its TEN-T revision proposal dating from December 2021. The reason being that the war against Ukraine has rendered it necessary to improve the EU’s connections with neighbouring countries, in particular Ukraine and Moldova.
“By extending four European Transport Corridors to the territory of Ukraine and Moldova – including the ports of Mariupol and Odesa – today’s proposal will help improve transport connectivity of these two countries to the EU, facilitating economic exchanges and better connections for people and business alike. These corridors will also be a key priority in rebuilding the transport infrastructure of Ukraine once the war ends. Our efforts to facilitate the export of grains from Ukraine via the Solidarity Lanes have also demonstrated the importance of interoperability in the transport system, reinforcing the need to increase convergence within the EU network, making it more resilient and strengthening the internal market.” stated Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean
In line with the “Solidarity Lanes” initiative”, which aims at facilitating the export of Ukrainian agricultural and other goods to EU and world markets, the Commission’s amendment proposal extends four European Transport Corridors to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova.
At the same time, Russia and Belarus are removed from the TEN-T maps. Moreover, the Commission proposes to downgrade the last miles of all cross-border connections between the EU and Russia/Belarus from “core” to “comprehensive” network. This means that their target date for completion is moved from 2030 to 2050.
A number of technical barriers are addressed in the Commission proposal, for instance regarding the different rail track gauges used in Ukraine compared to most of the EU.