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2021-2023 roadmap for implementing transport policy agreed

2021-2023 roadmap for implementing transport policy agreed

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Deputy heads of transport departments of the Eurasian Economic Union countries agreed on a roadmap for implementing the transport policy for 2021-2023. This was announced at a meeting held at the Eurasian Economic Commission's headquarters chaired by Emil Kaikiev, Member of the Board — Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure of the EEC.

Deputy Ministers considered the issues of liberalizing international road transport of goods, introducing and applying conventional prohibitions in the field of railway transport, as well as providing equal conditions for airlines when operating flights between the Union countries. All these issues are crucial when forming sectoral markets and deepening integration processes in the field of transport.

Measures included in the draft roadmap elaborate transport and infrastructure provisions of the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union, taking into account the development features of the road, rail and water transport, and ensure the implementation of tasks and priorities of the transport policy.

The document envisages the harmonization of the EAEU countries' legislation, introduction of electronic transport documents in the Union, development of mixed and container traffic, as well as comprehensive development of the Eurasian transport corridors, including transport and logistics centers.

The draft roadmap defines the priorities for the sectoral development of integration in the field of transport. It is planned to improve the mechanism for controlling the movement of large and heavy vehicles, synchronize the procedures for the transportation of hazardous goods.

In the field of water transport, attention will be paid to improving the passage of ships on inland waterways. Introducing digital technologies and solving the problem of obtaining preliminary information when transporting from third countries have become the focus of discussion in the field of railway transport. As regards civil aviation, the EAEU countries will keep working on removing the existing restrictions on passenger and cargo air transportation by 2025.

The draft roadmap will be submitted for approval by the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in the first half of 2021.​