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News article21 June 2022Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations1 min read

Ukrainian driving documents: Commission proposes to temporarily ease requirements

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The Commission yesterday proposed temporary rules on Ukrainian driving documents to allow Ukrainian citizens residing in the EU under the temporary protection regime to continue to use their Ukrainian driving licence, without needing to exchange it for an EU driving licence or to sit a new driving test. The measure will also ease requirements for professional drivers. Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said: “People fleeing Ukraine and seeking refuge in the EU need to be able to move freely within the Union, and this means continuing to use their driving licences without the need to change them or sit additional tests. Ukrainian lorry drivers are at the forefront of transporting goods to and from Ukraine, including grain. We need to ensure that they can continue their work without having to go through lengthy administrative procedures regarding their driving documents. This is the aim of the Regulation we propose today.  It will further contribute to facilitating our EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes and increase exports of agricultural products on world markets.” Under certain conditions, Ukrainian lorry and bus drivers who benefit from temporary protection will be able to extend the validity of their Ukrainian-issued Certificates of Professional Competence, following a short training course and a test. This will enable them to work in the EU during the period of temporary protection and to help export Ukrainian goods. The proposal will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council. (For more information: Adalbert Jahnz – Tel.: +32 229 53156; Anna Wartberger – Tel.: +32 229 82504)