Adoption of basic infrastructure bills to have importance for association with EU

One of the problems for the Ukrainian infrastructure sector is the impossibility of adopting the required bills, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan has said.

"Last week he held a joint meeting of two parliamentary committees – transport and EU integration – with participation of Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister [for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration] Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, leaders of the committees, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli and representatives of the Infrastructure Ministry to break the deadlock. Today eight bills regarding the European integration are in the parliament. We have discussed the state of their readiness," he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

The minister said that the EU clearly voiced a reproach that in three years no bill concerning the European integration was passed.

"We came to the conclusion that the next year should be a breakthrough for meeting our obligations on the association. These are not just words, these are important documents. We are sincerely convinced that the adoption of these basic bills - on rail transport, inland waterways and others - will be of decisive importance, because this is another worldview, the implementation of dozens of European directives and regulations, the transition to EU standards. This is what we require first," he said.

Omelyan expressed hope that thanks to the support of the European Commission, a professional discussion of these bills will be held within the walls of the Verkhovna Rada with the participation of European experts and they will finally be adopted.

"All these bills could have worked for three year. In particular, for rail we would have had a transition to private traction and calm operations. Also, a sharp increase in the flow of goods on the river is required, and now this is not a direct loss to the state. We cannot continue to tolerate this situation. I am pleased that the committees have understanding. We have discussed these issues with the largest factions in the parliament - they are ready to support. I believe in this support. It's not about politics - only about the state," he said.