The Carpathian strategy could become one of the instruments for expanding interregional cooperation between Ukraine and Poland, and also with the EU as a whole, First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv has said at a meeting with Polish Minister of Investment and Economic Development Jerzy Kwiecinski.
According to the website of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the parties discussed the deepening of Ukrainian-Polish cooperation and also touched upon the development of the Carpathian strategy.
“This is a joint and systemic regional policy in the field of energy, infrastructure, transport and digital economy. This is especially important in the border regions, for example, in the direction of increasing the number of checkpoints across the border with Poland, which is part of the Ukraine-EU border,” Kubiv said.
The Polish minister noted the Carpathian strategy will allow to strengthen trade, expand cooperation between the EU countries and Ukraine. At the same time, he believes first it is needed to work out specific projects in these areas.
“After these projects are developed, it will be possible to determine transport priorities for the coming years and count on the solution of the issue of financing these projects through the EU instruments,” he said.
Earlier Kwiecinski reported that Poland and Ukraine had begun the development of the Carpathian macro-regional strategy. According to him, the strategy should “unite all the Carpathian countries.”