AmCham Ukraine welcomes the adoption of the Draft Law #1182-1-d "On Inland Water Transport" (Draft Law) in the second reading, which is the most anticipated initiatives for businesses in infrastructure sphere.
On December 3, 2020, the Parliament adopted in the second reading the Draft Law, which defines the state regulation in the field of inland water transport, transportation of goods and passengers, navigation on inland waterways, and its safety, that will help to attract investment and develop cargo flow on the rivers of Ukraine.
We are grateful to the Members of Parliament for improving the Draft Law in line with proposals from the business community:
1) Reduction of unjustified regulatory and bureaucratic barriers (exclusion of provisions that provided for the introduction of additional licensing, approvals for the implementation of construction projects on rivers, confirmation of the safety management system by river terminals instead of shipping companies, filling the emergency fund, unjustified fines for the river vessels);
2) Financing of inland waterways (IWW) at the expense of the State Fund on IWW and the exclusion of provisions regarding an additional source of funding of IWW through port dues, which are targeted and should be used for the development of the maritime industry.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine is grateful to Yuriy Kisel, Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure and Transport and all members of this Committee, Vladyslav Kryklii, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Yuliya Kovaliv, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, all involved partners and business community for consistent work.
We look forward to signing this document by the President of Ukraine in the nearest future as well as further successful implementation of its provisions.