The Uzhhorod - Vyšné Nemecké international checkpoint at the Ukrainian-Slovak border is to be included in the “Great Construction” National Program and finally completed next year. This task was set by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a working trip to the Zakarpattia region.
Returning to Ukraine from Slovakia, where the Head of State was on an official visit, through the Uzhhorod - Vyšné Nemecké checkpoint, Volodymyr Zelenskyy noticed long queues of trucks. The President expressed resentment over the situation at the border.
Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine Serhiy Deyneko reported to Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the queues were caused by a broken scanner at the checkpoint on the Slovak side, and now the checkpoint's capacity has dropped to five trucks per hour.
"They take only five trucks per hour, that's 120 vehicles per day," the Head of the State Border Service said.
The President of Ukraine called such a situation unacceptable, as drivers are forced to stand at the border for several days.
"I do not understand why such issues cannot be resolved? We have people standing at the border for six days," he said.
Serhiy Deyneko noted that the State Border Service has already involved the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in resolving the issue of congestion at the border.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs said that he had discussed the issue of transport clearance with the Slovak Foreign Minister.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy set a task for the government and relevant agencies to resolve the issue of car queues at all Ukrainian checkpoints where they are observed.
"You can get information from ambassadors from all neighboring countries, where we have queues, where there are problems, to solve this issue," the President said.
The President also noted that this is not the first time that the issue of reconstruction of the Uzhhorod - Vyšné Nemecké international checkpoint has been raised.
He stressed that this checkpoint should be included in the "Great Construction" program and finally completed.
The Head of State added that the reconstruction project should provide for an increase in the capacity of the checkpoint.