Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy Sławomir Nowak took part in a panel The Development of Freight Transport – A Great Opportunity for the Polish Economy, organised by PKP Group S.A. on 5 September 2012, a second day of 22nd Economic Forum in Krynica.
In his speech, the Minister found it necessary for PKP Group companies to make concerted efforts. As he pointed, there is a necessity of implementing a joint sales policy in maritime ports, PKP Cargo and PKP LHS. Minister S. Nowak added that PKP S.A. plays a key role in the cooperation of PKP Group companies.
With the broad gauge line included in the network of PKP Cargo services, it may lead to take over the services also in other European markets - said the Minister. Minister S. Nowak stressed that a joint programme was announced by PKP Cargo, PKP LHS and maritime ports during his visit to China. With the appropriate use of combined transport, Poland has an opportunity to compete with German ports - added the Minister.
Minister S. Nowak also talked about the next year’s budget proposal approved by the Council of Ministers. He confirmed that PKP would have a greater share of excise taxes than it is now. This means that the railway infrastructure management institution will gain all the funds for investments, which it applies for.
The Minister also took part in 7th Economic Forum of Young Leaders in Nowy Sącz, which is a partner programme to Economic Forum in Krynica. Forum’s mission is to create ideas for the future of Europe, and its motto is Prospects of Young People in the Times of Crysis.
The Minister talked with young people about, among others, railway infrastructure in Poland. For me, as a minister of transport, the railway is a crucial task, a priority. Our task is to restructure PKP PLK, national railway infrastructure management unit, and its further development - said Minister S. Nowak. As he underscored, an extraordinarily ambitious multi-year rail investment programme has been underway since autumn 2011. It includes, among others, big modernisation works, e.g. on Line E65: Gdańsk-Warszawa-Kraków-Katowice, to be operated by Pendolino in 2014. This will reduce travel time between Kraków and Warszawa below 2 hrs, and between Gdańsk and Warszawa up to 2 hrs 20 min. Poland will develop and rationalise the railway. I know that it is a long way, especially, when railway capital expenditures are huge - pointed the Minister.