Local authorities will be responsible for local roads. Minister of Infrastructure
Andrii Pyvovarsky announced
at a briefing at the Government House on Thursday, April 2, while talking about
a reform of the road sector.
The Minister informed that upgrading of Ukravtodor
had already commenced.
"The main objective is to establish European roads," stressed Andrii Pyvovarsky. To achieve the
goal we need to decentralize the road management system.
"Local roads will be transferred, the republican
roads will remain under control of a public authority to be created as a result
of reorganization of Ukravtodor. Local authorities
will be responsible for local roads," stressed Andrii
Pyvovarsky. The local communities will supervise
territorial and local roads, receive necessary funding and equipment for their
maintenance. It is also planned to establish a special road fund as the source to
direct money to the road maintenance.
The Minister stressed that conditions to compete would be created. Ukravtodor will no longer be a purchaser, a contractor and a
supervisor of the road works. Among the conditions for the competition are
changes in technological processes of use and construction, as well as
competitive conditions to attract operators. Presently tenders take place on
the annual basis. In Europe, a company receives contract for 7-10 years, therefrom, they can plan, take loans, etc. This experience,
after making certain changes to the legislation, should be introduced in Ukraine.
Another significant issue is to establish an independent quality control system.
"It is impossible to afford a company engaged in planning, using and
construction to control itself, it is necessary to exercise independent control
of experts, public activists," the Minister stressed. Thus, it is crucial
to apply advanced building technologies. In particular, those capable to
increase road operation term from 5-7 years, as we have it now, up to 25-30
The first pilot concession road will be Lviv-Krakovets.
The tender documents will be ready in two weeks. "There are two interested
foreign investors to fund this project", stressed the Minister.
Currently, the Railways undergo a global reforming. Now there is an
independent evaluation of Ukrzaliznytsia assets,
which is scheduled to finish by mid-June. Then there will begin forming the
balance of the new joint stock company.
"In parallel a new law on railway transport is being drafted ",
said Andrii Pyvovarsky. The
following week there will launch its activity a panel with participation of representatives
of the Ministry, Ukrzaliznytsia, the public, the
experts, and organize a public discussion of "the first version of the new
Simultaneously, a large-scale work to stabilize the technical state of the
rolling stock and track facilities has commenced. In particular, we have
already started around 30 tenders for procurement of technical equipment for
"A very important point is we are preparing for grain transportation,
as quite a good harvest is forecast. It means an increase in exports. A
programme of collaboration of Ukrzaliznytsia with ports
was launched to prepare for the export season," added Andrii
The Minister informed about a recent decision to use the principles of Open
Skies at the Lviv Airport.
"Today we open Lviv Airport on a
unilateral basis for all carriers under bilateral agreements," said Andrii Pyvovarsky. He expressed belief
that this will return flows to Morshyn, Truskavets and Lviv Airport will
Apart from that, he informed a
draft law on inland waterway transportation was being elaborated. There has
been finalized a program of reforms in the Maritime industry. In the near
future it will be presented. The aim is to create efficient investment
environment for infrastructure development and practical implementation of investment