The authorities of Ukraine want to give Deutsche Bahn AG, the national railway operator of Germany, management of Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) for a period of 10 years. Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk said this at a breakfast in Davos, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports.
"Yes, we want to hand over Ukrzaliznytsia’s management to Germans for a period of 10 years," Honcharuk said.
He added that while there was still a need to negotiate and agree on the details of the decision and documents, "a political decision has already been taken and this is already a huge step."
It is worth noting that, on January 22, Ukraine signed the Memorandum of understanding with the railway operator of Germany Deutsche Bahn. It was reported that this memorandum could improve the efficiency and quality of rail transportation in Ukraine.
"After meeting with the Deutsche Bahn’s leadership last week in Kyiv, we came to an understanding of the cooperation format, to be exact - Ukraine will fully retain control over Ukrzaliznytsia," Ukraine’s PM wrote.
He added that German specialists will be working on reforming the management mechanisms of the enterprise. Ukrzaliznytsia will not be leased or sold.
As we reported earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk met with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin during the World Economic Forum in Davos. He announced this on his Facebook page.
“Arrived in Switzerland. And the first meeting in my two-day working visit in Davos was with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin. Moreover, the meeting of the two Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Finland of this format is the first in 5 years,” he said.