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More on Massel sacking

Friday, 6 December 2013

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Former Rail Minister Andrzej Massel. Photo Shalom.

BTWT has been told by sources close to the Ministry of Transport the reasons why the Undersecretary of State responsible for Poland’s railways was sacked by Elzbieta Bienkowska, the new Infrastructure and Development Minister – he was too pro rail!

Apparently, the Polish government has been trying to wriggle out of the EU Commission’s requirement that 60% of the next tranche of EU transport infrastructure funding should be spent on rail. Polish government negotiators have been claiming that there was no way that Polish railways could use all the funds and that most of the funding should be spent on road building.

Massel broke ranks and told European Commission officials that Polish railways could use all the funds. So he was sacked.

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

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Former Rail Minister, Andrzej Massel; Railway Industry Association, Director General, Jeremy Candfield; British Ambassador, Robin Barnett, in conversation at TRAKO, September 2013. Photo BTWT.

Four deputy Ministers – including rail minister,  Andrzej Massel, at the former Ministry of Transport, Construction and maritime Affairs – have been dismissed by Elzbieta Bienkowska, the new boss at the ‘super-ministry’ of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Massel was appointed Undersecretary of State responsible rail by previous transport boss Slawomir Nowak on 28 December 2010 to sort out the timetabling chaos that occurred under his predecessor Juliusz Engelhardt.