Polish assistance: Polish ex-Minister of Transport to help upgrade Ukraine's roads

16:06 Oct. 19, 2016

Polish ex-Minister of Transport to help upgrade Ukraine's roads

Slawomir Nowak (GettyImages Photo)

Slawomir Nowak assigned the acting chief of Ukrainian state road agency Ukravtodor

Former Polish Minister of Transport Slawomir Nowar has been appointed the new acting chief of Ukraine's state road agency Ukravtodor.

This is according to Interfax.

‘Our position is, quality automobile roads must be created in Ukraine, autobahns that will connect us with other European countries, and that's why the professional level of Ukravtodor needs to be increased', Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said at the government session in Kyiv before presenting Mr. Nowak.

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Delivering a speech on his new job, Nowak outlined his future goals.

‘About reforms: a creation of the state road fund and the improvement of cooperation between the European bank of reconstruction and development and the World Bank with private capital. We need to conduct a technical audit and improve technical standards in the short term. We need to quickly design a plan of construction and reconstruction of roads based on traffic', Nowak said.

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The new acting chief also added he wanted to attract international organizations to Ukraine, which will take part in road tenders along with Ukrainian businessmen.

Nowak was a Polish politician and the country's Transport Minister from 2011-2013.  

In November 2013 he resigned from his position after prosecutors said he may have broken the law by failing to declare his ownership of a USD 6,600 wristwatch, according to Reuters. 

Source: Interfax (in Ukrainian) 


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