The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (JSC Ukrzaliznytsia) plans to open its European Union representative office in Brussels.

Oleksandra Vasylenko, director of Ukrzaliznytsia’s international representative offices, announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports, citing Ports of Ukraine.

"It is about the European Union; it is about access to European institutions because the issue of both certification and integration of our company into the European market will require a very large number of contacts specifically in Brussels, with representatives not only of the European Commission but also with representatives of our partner countries," Vasylenko said, explaining the need to open an EU representative office.

She added that Ukrzaliznytsia currently has representatives in various countries, particularly the Baltic states, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania, in addition to its physical representative office in Poland.

"There are currently four people who are physically located in other countries, resolving both strategic issues of cooperation and operational issues on the spot... Of course, the largest composition is currently in Poland," Vasylenko said.

As previously reported, Vasylenko was appointed director of Ukrzaliznytsia’s international representative offices in mid-August. Back in February, when Oleksandr Kamyshin was relieved of the post of Ukrzaliznytsia board chairman, it was announced that he would head the company’s European integration office in Europe. However, according to the latest information, this office has not yet been created physically.