A memorandum of cooperation for the construction of a trans-European transport route was signed by Poland and Ukraine on October 22.

Poland’s Infrastructure and Construction Minister Andrzej Adamczyk and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Omelyan, signed the memorandum for the Via Carpathia route. A special signing ceremony was held in the southeastern Polish city of Przemyśl. It was attended by Polish and Ukrainian parliamentary speakers.

As reported by Radio Poland, Adamczyk described Via Carpathia as a key project for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as other regions that would benefit from the initiative.

Adamczyk also suggested that the Via Carpathia route could become part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), a network of roads, railway lines, inland waterways, seaports, and airports throughout the European Union.

Ukraine’s Omelyan said that the memorandum marked a “step into the future” for both countries.

Via Carpathia is a planned international route that would run from the Lithuanian cities of Klaipeda and Kaunas via Poland’s Białystok, Lublin and Rzeszów to Kosice in Slovakia and Debrecen in Hungary and further on to Romania, Bulgaria and Greece.