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Government established a special working group to discuss details of cooperation between Ukrzaliznytsia and railway operator Deutsche Bahn

KMU: The first meeting of the working group was held to discuss details of future cooperation between Ukrzaliznytsia and Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s largest railway operator.

“It is important for us that the document signed on cooperation with Deutsche Bahn includes all important aspects, including safety policy and the social aspect. We are aware that Ukrzaliznytsia is a strategically important object for the country. Therefore, we are now carrying out consultations with all stakeholders to hear all opinions,” said Prime Minister Alexei Goncharuk.

The working group included representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukrzaliznytsia, relevant transport committee of the Verkhovna Rada, key business associations and trade unions.

Soon a meeting of the transport committee of the Verkhovna Rada is to be held at the invitation of all stakeholders to conduct a thorough discussion of future cooperation.

According to Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklii, the Ministry will consult with the parliamentary committee, business associations, organizations, and trade unions over the next week to discuss all details of the agreement.

The European Business Association experts expressed their readiness to join the working group: “Our organization positively assesses this initiative. We hope that this cooperation will help Ukrainian railways to get closer to European standards,” Anna Derevyanko, Executive Director of the European Business Association said.

Representatives of the union of railway workers and transport constructors also expressed their support “Our organization represents interests of 96% of representatives of railway workers of Ukraine. We are ready to join the working group to discuss all the details of this cooperation. We are familiar with the history of railroad reform experience of Deutsche Bahn. We hope that this knowledge will help make the Ukrainian railway efficient and modern. The most important thing is the support from the state, as we are talking about hundreds of thousands of people who work on the railway today”.

Oleksiy Honcharuk noted that the Ukrainian railway stays under full control of the state, so the priority of the Government is to protect the interests of all people who work for the company and to create a modern, comfortable and safe railroad, based on German experience.

Now the Ukrainian side continues to negotiate with German colleagues to define the most appropriate model for further cooperation.

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