An important achievement of the Ministry of Infrastructure
of Ukraine in 2016 is the adoption of the law on the Road Fund. This is
practical implementation of European experience in Ukraine.
This was stated by Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr
Omelyan on 6 December, 2016 during a meeting with representatives
of international financial organizations, ambassadors of European States and the
community. Slavomir Nowak, CEO of Ukravtodor, Igor Smilyansky,CEO of Ukposhta, Oleksandra Klitina,Director of
the Reform Support Team (RST) also attended the event.
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine provided a glimpse
of the Ministry’s vision for 2017.
"The first good sign is that finally the Road Fund law
has been adopted. The law on decentralization of Ukravtodor
has been endorsed and we have had first reading of the new law on the
electronic ticket, which is a part of a public transport reform in
Ukraine", Volodymyr Omelyan said.
He also noted that there was organized a National
Round Table to collect public opinion on problematic issues, including
multimodal transportation, transit safety, ecological issues, etc. which are
under revision right now.
“Every strategy will be only useless paperwork without
implementation. Besides every strategy has costs for
its implementation at the moment. Compared with the EU countries, Ukraine has
limited resources for the implementation of the projects. Currently, the
Ministry is working on the approval of the EU-funded technical assistance
projects for 2018-2020 to support transport strategy. Also the negotiations
with the Ministry of Finance are underway to receive EU budget support in 2017",
Volodymyr Omelyan told.
The reform of public administration is the most important
issue today. “I’m proud that our Ministry was the first one to carry out an
audit of functions and development of intermediate structure to implement EU
best practices. The new structure will be introduced in the beginning of next
year and it is considered to improve internal efficiency. In my personal
opinion we should have a transparent efficient system not only in the Ministry
of Infrastructure of Ukraine, but in all our state enterprises.”
Volodymyr Omelyan also noted that
the Ministry of Infrastructure had launched operation of the Anti-Corruption Department
that showed it effectiveness.
Separately Volodymyr Omelyan
stressed that the procurement system for public companies should be improved:
"We understood that ProZorro does not help to
avoid all the abuses in the Ukrzaliznytsia and USPA (Ukrainian Sea Ports Administration).
Therefore, the work in this area must be significantly intensified. "
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine also noted that his
Ministry with the support of international partners can improve and stimulate
growth of transit.
Volodymyr Omelyan also stressed
that the Ministry engages in elaboration of a mechanism of public-private
partnership in Ukraine, so in 2017 it is planned the concession of two pilot
ports: SE “Kherson Sea Commercial Port” and SE "Stevedoring Company Olvia", as soon as the new law will be ready for that.
Among the priority objectives are a reform of the USPA
planned for next year, the development of inland waterways. “It is a tool to
transport goods and I am very happy to welcome here Ambassador of the
Netherland and for their help to work in this area. The next step is approval
of law on inland waterways by the Parliament, which will be considered this
Thursday. It is also a program of reconstruction of water locks and dredging.
This is first time in recent years, when the Ministry has allocated UAH 100
million for the reconstruction of 5 water locks along the Dnipro
river and it is possible due to the EU support
Volodymyr Omelyan also raised an
issue of development of airports and added that in the framework of relevant
strategy there will be reconstructed the runways at regional airports in 2017.