Is there a new dispute brewing between Poland and Ukraine? Possible blockade at the border

Polish airlines are threatening to block three check-in terminals on the border with Ukraine from November 6.

The reason for this is changes in EU regulations, in particular their excessive liberalization with regard to airlines from Ukraine.

Representatives of Polish companies have three demands: the introduction of commercial transport permits for cars from Ukraine, the exclusion of Polish cars from the Ukrainian electronic queue and the impossibility of registering companies in Poland if the funds are not in the EU.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Union took unprecedented steps to support the Ukrainian economy. In particular, Brussels completely waived the obligation for Ukrainians to obtain these permits for one year and subsequently extended this provision until June 2024.

Where is the border blockade? Korczowa, Dorohusk, Hrebenne

According to “Rzeczpospolita”, from November 6, the roads to the main truck check-in terminals at the Polish-Ukrainian border will be blocked. These are Korczowa, Dorohusk and Hrebenne. The protest was originally scheduled to start on November 3, but police asked for a postponement.

Tomasz Borkowski, a representative of the protesting carriers, said in an interview with “Rz” that “so far this year, 880,000 trucks have crossed the border, and by the end of the year there will be a million.” – Before the war, each side had 180,000. permits and this is the extent of the difference – he added.

Rafał Mekler, a transporter from Lublin, pointed out that Polish cars in Ukraine are in an electronic queue, the system of which is designed to make things easier for local companies. – Ours have twelve days to leave Ukraine. To legally place the car in the electronic queue, I need to enter Ukraine. Polish airlines go to Lviv and as far as Kiev. It lasts for 2 days and they remain for 10 days, he pointed out.

Trucks could become a new problem in Polish-Ukrainian relations

Media in Ukraine write that freight transport may become a new problem (after the grain embargo – ed.) in Polish-Ukrainian relations. However, according to “Ukraińska Pravda”, Kiev has sufficient time to negotiate with the new Polish government on terms acceptable to both Polish and Ukrainian airlines.

Source: Do Rzeczy