The parliament has appointed Valerii Voschevskyi as the Deputy Prime Minister for Infrastructure. He was nominated by the Oleh Liashko Radical Party.
In his address to the parliament before his confirmation, Voschevskyi said he would continue reforming the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia) in accordance with the approaches declared by the previous government. He stressed the need to attract major investors to the rail industry.
"Ukrzaliznytsia will not be able to move forward without privatization and modernization," said Voschevskyi. He also stated the need to reform the State Road Service of Ukraine (Ukravtodor).
Voschevskyi was the deputy head of the main department of internal policy in the administration of former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma from 2002 to 2003.
From 2003 to 2005, he served as the First Deputy Minister of Economy and European Integration (responsible for relations with the parliament).
From 2005 to 2006 and from 2008 to 2010, he was the board chairman of Automobile Roads of Ukraine state company.
On 17 March 2010, the Cabinet of Ministers of then-prime minister Mykola Azarov appointed him as the head of Ukravtodor, but he was dismissed after two months (on 17 May).
With the reform of the transport sector Voschevskyi will have to work with Andrii Pivovarskyi (the general director of the Kontinium group, which unites the WOG chain of gasoline filling stations, the KOMO company, the Galichina dairy company, etc.), who the parliament appointed as Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure.