The memorandum of cooperation was signed on Sunday, October 22, by Poland's Infrastructure and Construction Minister Andrzej Adamczyk and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Omelyan in the presence of Polish and Ukrainian parliament speakers, Radio Poland reported.
During the signing ceremony in the southeastern Polish city of Przemysl, Adamczyk said that the Via Carpathia route was a key project for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as other regions that would benefit from the initiative.
Read alsoOdesa-Gdansk highway to connect Baltic, Black seasAdamczyk 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.
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 Bialystok, Lublin and Rzeszow to Kosice in Slovakia and Debrecen in Hungary and further on to Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece.
It is to stretch all the way to the Romanian port of Constanta on the Black Sea and Thessaloniki in Greece on the Aegean Sea.