Ukraine launched separate bilateral negotiations with Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in 2007 and with Romania in 2008 on Agreements on local border traffic that foresee simplified border crossing procedure for residents of the border area, i.e. an area that does not extend for more than 30 (in exceptional cases - 50) kilometers from the border.
As of today, the following agreements have been concluded and entered into force:
Both Ukraine and the EU note successful implementation of these agreements.
Local border traffic makes life significantly easier for people living near the external land borders. It proved useful for increasing cross-border trade, social and cultural interchange and regional cooperation.