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08 June 2023, 13:56

Formation of Belarus-Russia transport system discussed in Novopolotsk

NOVOPOLOTSK, 8 June (BelTA) – The formation of the unified transport system and the implementation of the Union State programs in freight and passenger transportation were discussed by parliamentarians in Novopolotsk, BelTA has learned.

The meeting of the Energy and Transport Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union State was held at the Polymir factory of Naftan. One of the key issues on the agenda was the implementation of the Union State transport programs. The participants of the meeting noted that better communication between cities of Belarus and Russia will increase the mobility of the population, and this will be highly beneficial to the development of the Union State.

State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia Dmitry Zverev took part in the meeting via a video link. He told the parliamentarians about the state of things in this field. He noted that the Union State members closely coordinate their transport policies. There are issues that should be discussed and addressed jointly, and the current tasks are being fulfilled. “The transport program is one of the 28 Union State programs; 101 of the 112 tasks have already been accomplished. Tasks related to railway transport, water transport, roads, and transport digitalization have been fulfilled. The Emergencies Ministry of Belarus and the Federal Agency for Air Transport (Rosaviatsiya) have signed an agreement on rescuing people. By the end of June, we will sign two more intergovernmental agreements – one in motor transport and the other one in air transport. Thus, all our arrangements will be formalized by intergovernmental agreements,” said Dmitry Zverev.

He also cited statistics on cargo transportation. With regard to air transport, regional traffic expanded significantly over the past year and the first months of this year. Direct air communication with Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ufa, Kaluga, Cherepovets and other Russian cities was launched from Minsk. Railway passenger traffic is also on the rise.

The parliamentarians also discussed proposals to put together an expert group to study the operation of the Union State transport market. This matter will be revisited at the 64th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State that will be held in Vitebsk on the sidelines of the Slavianski Bazaar festival. The MPs will take decisions on promising projects, discuss transport infrastructure development and efforts to ramp up freight and passenger traffic.

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