Border Crossing Point with Slovakia Reopens after Blockade

Tuesday, 5 December 2023

The blockade of the Uzhhorod-Vyšné Nemecké checkpoint on the border with Slovakia has been suspended, and lorries are moving through the checkpoint as usual.

"We continue to work with our Slovak counterparts to prevent further protests," Serhii Derkach, Deputy Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine, wrote on Facebook.

He added that the Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine is conducting "a lot of non-public work and communication with partners" to preserve transport visa-free travel.

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported that as of the morning of 5 December, there were 625 trucks waiting in queue in Slovakia to enter Ukraine.

Earlier, the European Commission said it opposed the resumption of the system of issuing permits for Ukrainian hauliers, as demanded by Polish and Slovak border protesters.

On the afternoon of 1 December, Slovak hauliers began the announced blockade of truck traffic at a checkpoint near Uzhhorod.

Earlier, the Association of Slovak Hauliers announced an indefinite blockade of the checkpoint, starting on 1 December, with the same demands as the Polish border blockers.   

At the same time, the blockade by Polish hauliers has been going on since 6 November, with its key demand being to return the permit system for Ukrainian hauliers.

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