Slovak truck drivers joined Polish truck drivers on Friday and announced that they’d block the Vysne Nemecke border crossing with Ukraine to protest EU insurance policies in the direction of Ukrainian rivals, which they name unfair.
The Slovak truckers union UNAS launched a statement saying they wish to the EU instantly terminate an settlement with Ukraine that they consider is inflicting the transport market in Slovakia and Poland to break down. They’re searching for the Slovak Minister of Transport Jozef Raz and representatives of the EU and European Fee (EC) to resolve the difficulty by reevaluating their contract with Ukraine. UNAS mentioned their blockade is not going to block vehicles containing humanitarian items, army assist, frozen meals or reside animals, and so they emphasised that they aren’t against supporting Ukraine throughout in its war with Russia.
The EU-Ukraine settlement in dispute (DCFTA) was signed in June 2022 and extends to June 2024. It permits Ukrainian vehicles to enter the EU with out entry permits and permits Ukrainian vehicles to make use of different transport routes through street. The truckers take concern with the truth that neighboring international locations’ inner markets are dealing with large competitors due cheaper costs for Ukrainian providers and items.
Polish drivers started their protest final month with the identical requests as Slovak drivers–they intend to uphold the blockage till January sixth if their calls for should not met earlier than then. The Polish authorities not too long ago introduced plans to open an additional border crossing with Ukraine for empty vehicles in try and mitigate the impacts of the truckers’ blockade.
The Slovak authorities has not but intervened however the Slovak Transport Ministry plans to speak the truckers’ calls for to the EU leaders in Brussels.