The queue of trucks at the checkpoint between Romania and Moldova (Leuseni-Albitsa) was halved thanks to the joint actions of the authorities. This was announced today, June 14, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, noting that on Saturday it reached 10 km, and now it has reduced to two.
There were about 100 trucks in line this morning. Previously, a record was set for the number of trucks that crossed the border – more than 400. A pilot control project in mixed groups was introduced at the checkpoint.
“We are ready to introduce this new system that will help unblock the situation. First of all, the Romanian side will also become part of this working scheme. Today, the border guards need 15 minutes to check one truck,” said the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova Anna Revenko.
In addition, the Moldovan side increased the number of checkpoint employees by 20%, the border guards received a scanner and scales, which allowed them to speed up their work.
So far, the Moldovan and Romanian authorities are only discussing the possibility of introducing joint groups of Moldovan and Romanian services at some checkpoints on the Moldovan-Romanian border, which will conduct a single inspection and customs control. The Emergency Situations Inspectorate (GIChS) has also set up “support islands” for waiting truck drivers. They will be equipped with a sanitary unit, drinking water and a medical unit. Rescuers plan to create a space for cooking and eating. Access to the “islands” will be pedestrian for drivers and will be installed near the roads.
Recall that last week the Romanian authorities accepted the proposals of the Moldovan government on joint actions to solve the problem with many kilometers of lines of trucks at the border. Due to the military conflict in Ukraine, drivers have changed the logistical ways of transporting cargo. Now they are transiting through Romania. Since the entry of goods into the EU requires a thorough check, trucks stand idle at the border for about five days.
Cargo carriers have repeatedly turned to the authorities for help, but the problem has not been resolved. The only thing the Romanian authorities did was to open a “green corridor” for carriers transporting goods to Ukraine. The rest of the trucks continued to stand at the crossing.