EU censures rail cash grab, rail minister…

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argues that money would be better spent on roads!

EU flag outside the Commission building in Brussels. From a photo by Xavier Häpe on Wikipedia Commons.

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The European Commission has censured the Polish government’s decision to transfer €1.2 billion from the railway refurbishment program to its road building budget. The decision was the consequence of an investigation carried out by PKP PLK last year at the request of the Ministry of Infrastructure as to how many of its railway investment projects would be finished by 2014. Those projects which could not be completed by the deadline were shelved. This year, the prime minister announced  that the unused monies would ber transferred to the road building budget. Now the Commission has reprimanded the government for its decision and said that this money should be spent on railway projects.

At a meeting with Commission officials last week Andrzej Massel, the deputy Minister of Infrastructure, responsible for rail and Patrycja Wolinska-Bartkiewicz, the deputy minister responsible for EU projects argued the case for allowing the Polish government to transfer the cash to its road building budget. A final decision is expected to be made shortly.

Source (with a hat tip to Marek Ciesielski):

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2 Responses to “EU censures rail cash grab, rail minister…”

  1. Rik Degruyter Says:

    Good !!!!!!

  2. Steve Says:

    The choice seems to be for the funds to remain allocated to railways, but not spent because the projects won’t be finished – necessary under EU rules, or reallocated and spent on something else.

    I like the Dzialdowo bit in the news item you link: the Commission objects to a new project because it has the same name as an earlier one. Typical idiocy.

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