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Project title

Increasing the Capacity of Freight Transportation Infrastructure on EU-Ukraine Borders

Сoordinator of the project: Assoc. Prof. Khrystyna Prytula

Research team from the Institute: Ph.D. Yaroslava Kalat, Ph.D. Anna Maksymenko, Dr., Prof. Mariana Melnyk, Ph.D. Iryna Leshchukh

The project implementation deadline: 10.2022 - 03.2024

Project Partners:

  1. SI "Institute of Regional Research named after M. I. Dolishniy of NAS of Ukraine" (Leader)
  2. WSB University (Poland),
  3. Institute of Geography of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia),
  4. University of Debrecen (Hungary),
  5. University of Oradea (Romania),

The project provides a study of prospects for capacity building of existing border crossing points and opening new ones. Moreover, it focuses on the investigation of the capacity of existing and planned network of transshipment and multimodal terminals in Ukraine and neighboring EU member states (three of which are countries of the V4 region), and on the assessment of prospects for adaptation of the European and Ukrainian freight markets to the requirements of the European Green Deal.

The project activities include a number of events (discussions, round tables, conference) as well as analytical materials and research articles based on the project's results.

Website of Visegrad Fund at

Full list of approved Visegrad Grants, Visegrad+ Grants and Strategic Grants (Deadline of June 1, 2022) at

01.12.2022. Round Table “Freight traffic flows across EU-Ukraine: current trends and future prospects” is ongoing to held online on 8 December 2022

Round Table “Freight traffic flows across EU-Ukraine: current trends and future prospects” is ongoing to held online on 8 December 2022.

Partners from Ukraine will present research concerning existing capacity of road and rail border crossing points at the land border with EU-Ukraine. Participants will discuss ways to increase freight capacity flows at EU-Ukraine land border through existing border crossing points, bottlenecks of transport infrastructure at the border regions of Ukraine.

Partners from EU-countries will present topics about the existing transport network (road and rail), infrastructure development from their side of the border as well as regional, national, EU legal framework concerning prospect for increasing the capacity of existing border crossing point or opening new ones at Poland/Slovakia/Hungary/Romania land border with Ukraine.
Representatives of regional and government authorities, policy makers from Custom Service, researchers and other stakeholders will be invited to the round table.

An event program can be download here.

08.12.2022. Round table "Freight traffic flows across EU-Ukraine: current trends and future prospects" (in online format)

Congratulatory Speeches:

  • Vasyl Kravtsiv, Director of the IRR NASU, Prof., Dr.;
  • Ewelina Stacherzak, Project Manager, International Visegrad Fund;
  • Іоan Horga, University of Oradea, Romania, Prof.;
  • Maksym Sahan, The Department of International Technical Assistance and International Cooperation of the Lviv Regional State Administration;
  • Khrystyna Prytula, Coordinator of the Project, Head of the Cross-Border Cooperation Sector, IRR NASU, Dr.

At the round table, project partners from Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania have highlighted and discussed the study results concerning the existing capacity of road and railway border crossing points on the border Ukraine with EU member states, eliminated bottlenecks as well as ways to improve performance of BCPs.

  1. Khrystyna Prytula, Cross-Border Cooperation Sector, IRD NANU, Ukraine,
    «Institutional and economic factors of the development of freight transportation across the Ukraine-EU border: analysis of main trends and problems»
    download the presentation
  2. Anna Maksymenko, Cross-Border Cooperation Sector, IRD NANU, Ukraine,
    «The Underlying Trends in Road and Rail Freight Traffic Flows across Ukraine-Poland and Ukraine-Slovakia Border»
    download the presentation
  3. Joanna Kurowska-Pysz, Iwona Krzyżewska, Katarzyna Chruzik, Dariusz Trojszczak, Research Institute on Territorial and Inter-Organizational Cooperation, WSB University, Poland,
    «Current situation at Polish-Ukrainian border crossing points»
    download the presentation
  4. Daniel Michniak, Director of the Institute of Geography of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia,
    «Transport infrastructure in Slovakia as a precondition for the development of freight transport flows between Slovakia and Ukraine»
    download the presentation
  5. Yaroslava Kalat, Cross-Border Cooperation Sector, IRD NANU, Ukraine,
    «The transport and logistics infrastructure of Ukraine on the border with Hungary and Romania: analysis of the current state and bottlenecks»
    download the presentation
  6. Klara Czimre, Zsófia Szaniszló, Department of Social Geography and Regional Development Planning, University of Debrecen, Hungary,
    «Transportation facilities across the Hungarian-Ukrainian border: an analysis of the existing infrastructural background»
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  7. Florentina Chirodea, Constantin-Vasile Ţoca, Ioana Bordeianu, Department of International Relations and European Studies, University of Oradea, Romania,
    «The Romanian-Ukrainian freight traffic flows. An evaluation of current situation»
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May 2023
Based on the research results of the throughput capacity of the border infrastructure along the Ukraine-EU border and the Round table, the project participants prepared and disseminated to key stakeholders an Analytical Report.

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