: Wojciech Balczun officially heads Ukrzaliznytsia
Politics17:50 Jun. 2, 2016

Wojciech Balczun officially heads Ukrzaliznytsia

Newly appointed top manager willing to hire one more Polish citizen to control the spendings

Ukrainian state-owned railway network operator Ukrzaliznytsia is getting a new top manager. Polish citizen Wojciech Balczun kicked off his reign as the head of the company this Wednesday. Balczun nominated new high-level managers of the enterprise at a meeting with the Ukrainian ministers. Among the four newly appointed managers there is only one Ukrainian, accompanied by one Serbian and two Polish counterparts. Ukraine's Prime Minister expects the team is ambitious enough to fulfil the forethought plans.

Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine: "They are very ambitious concerning Ukrzaliznytsia. I think in a couple of years our railway operator is about to become one of the most developed enterprises in this branch."

Wojciech Balczun was publicly declared to head 'Ukrzaliznytsia' in late April, though the contract has not been signed yet. Some media reported the main issue to argue about was his salary. According to the document, published on the web, the Pole is supposed to earn 461,600 hryvnias with regular additional award every three months. Balczun himself is unwilling to comment on his supposed incomes, presenting instead the plans to be installed in managing 'Ukrzaliznytsia' in the near future. In particular, to appoint one more Polish citizen for a managing position.

Wojciech Balczun, Appointed Head of Ukrzaliznytsia: "I want Mr. Irineusz Wasylewski to be responsible for the spending issues, that is maintaining and modernizing the rolling stock."

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Balczun expects his Polish colleague to be hired in a week. Before leaving the government meeting he announces the press conference promising to unveil the strategic plans for the upcoming three months, six months, and a year.


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