Trucker protests in Poland. Ukraine will help drivers blocked at the border
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Trucker protests in Poland. Ukraine will help drivers blocked at the border

Oleksandr Kubrakov

On November 19, an initiative team is already working at the border with Poland, which has 11,000 food kits, drinking water and necessary medicines for Ukrainian drivers blocked due to a strike by Polish transporters.

Ukraine helps drivers on the border with Poland

A headquarters has been created to help Ukrainian drivers blocked at the border with Poland.

This was announced on Facebook by the Minister of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine, Oleksandr Kubrakov.

The key task of the headquarters is to provide people with food, drinking water, medicines and fuel.

Kubrakov noted that a coordinator is assigned to each of the three border crossing points, who collects needs and is in constant contact with drivers. The Ukrtransbezpeka hotline at +38 (067) 120 0483 is also open 24/7.

Today, the minister said that an initiative team is already working at the border, which has 11,000 sets for food, drinking water and the necessary medicines, noting that additional needs can be indicated through a Google form.

Also, the Ministry and specialized agencies will facilitate the evacuation of drivers to the territory of Ukraine if such a need arises.

The Headquarters will work until the border is unblocked and the stability of traffic through the checkpoints is restored, the minister said.

Border blockade by Polish carriers

Last week, Polish carriers began blocking three checkpoints on the Ukrainian border.

They noted that they can unlock the checkpoint only if:

  • return of permits for Ukrainian transporters;

  • strengthening of transport requirements within the framework of ECMT (certificates of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport);

  • prohibition of registration in Poland of companies with capital from outside the EU;

  • obtaining access to the Ukrainian system "The Way";

  • separate queues for cars from the EU in the "eCherga" system;

  • differentiate queues for vehicles and cars.

On November 16, Polish transporters rejected the joint proposals of the European Commission, Ukraine and Poland and refused to stop blocking the border with Ukraine. Their primary demand is to return to the permit system for Ukraine.

In addition, the European Commission may initiate criminal proceedings against Poland if the authorities do not resolve the issue of carriers blocking checkpoints on the Ukrainian border.

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