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President: Introducing ETC system in Belarus should not affect transit flows, interests of citizens

MINSK, 4 September (BelTA) – Introducing an electronic toll collection (ETC) system on Belarusian roads should not affect the transit flows and the interests of Belarusian citizens, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting to review the progress in this investment project.

“Today we will discuss one of the most important investment projects to be implemented in our country and probably take the necessary decisions. It is important that this project should not affect the interests of Belarusian citizens, especially their welfare. This is why we decided to discuss the project on such a high level,” the President noted.

Addressing the government members, Alexander Lukashenko demanded to report on the cost of such projects in foreign countries and Belarus, and how innovative the project is. Secondly, the Belarusian leader said he would like to hear about the degree of involvement of domestic organizations in the project, and whether it is possible for the country to develop the system on its own. “The electronic toll collection system should not affect the country’s transit flows,” the head of state stressed.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that similar projects had already been implemented in the neighboring countries, the EU states.

Attending the meeting is a representative of the Austrian Kapsch Group. The company is the world’s leader in ETC system development. The company has so far executed ETC projects in Austria, the Czech republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Italy, France, and Spain.