European Commission approves plan to help Ukraine export grain through Russia’s port blockade

The European Commission has provided an action plan to help Ukraine export agro-industrial products, the so-called Solidarity Lanes.

Source: The EU Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean

“Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its blockade of Ukrainian ports, Ukrainian grain, and other agricultural goods can no longer reach their destinations. The situation is threatening global food security and there is an urgent need to establish alternative logistics routes using all relevant transport modes.”

“20 million tonnes of grains have to leave Ukraine in less than three months using the EU infrastructure. This is a gigantic challenge, so it is essential to coordinate and optimize the logistics chains, put in place new routes, and avoid, as much as possible, the bottlenecks. Our communication addresses the emergency solutions, but also medium and long time measures to better connect and integrate Ukraine’s infrastructure with the EU one. For both short-term and long-term solutions, we will work with the Ukrainian authorities and in close collaboration, especially with the neighboring Member States, who spared no effort in helping during this crisis.”

To set up the Solidarity Lanes, the Commission, together with the Member States and stakeholders, will work on the following priority actions in the short term.

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