The first reading of the draft law received 202 votes but needed at least 226 to pass.

The draft law, which was sponsored by about 20 members of the parliament, was registered in the parliament on November 17, 2017.

According to the explanatory note to the draft law, it was aimed at “building a new structure of relations among participants in the rail transport process through structural changes.”

The explanatory note also stated that the document would allow adaptation of Ukrainian legislation to the main provisions of the European Union’s regulation on rail transport.

The current law on rail transport was adopted in 1996. The drafting of a new version of the law began in 2012 based on the Model Law of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). A team at the Ministry of Infrastructure prepared the current version of the document together with Lithuanian and Spanish experts within the framework of the EU Twining project.