There will be no need to fire me, because I will fire myself – said the current government plenipotentiary for the Central Communication Port on RMF FM. He emphasized, however, that “there must be a representative for CPK matters.” Horała noted that this results from a legal requirement. – The Act on the CPK is in force, the representative for the CPK is a party to numerous administrative proceedings that are ongoing, and they must be carried out to the end – he noted. – Failure to appoint a plenipotentiary for CPK would be a failure on the part of the Prime Minister – he added.
At the beginning of the conversation, the presenter asked Marcin Horała how long he would be the representative for CPK. The journalist noticed that he was most likely the future prime minister Donald Tusk will not leave him in this position.
– I wouldn’t really see myself in Donald Tusk’s government either. There will be no need to fire me, because I will fire myself – said Marcin Horała.
He emphasized, however, that “there must be a representative for CPK matters.” Horała noted that this results from the legal requirement imposed by the CPK Act.
Horała: completely abandoning CPK will be difficult
The politician referred to the words of KO MP Andrzej Domański, who had previously stated that the CPK project “is megalomaniacal”. – The CPK airport itself will be the 10th, 11th or 12th airport in Europe – Horała noted. Is Poland’s 12th place in Europe megalomania? Is it a mania of grandeur? – he asked.
In an interview on RMF FM, Horała emphasized that “completely abandoning CPK will be difficult.” – It will require a lot of effort. CPK is already very advanced. First of all, it is a law. Basically, the Act on the CPK should be changed, but the president has already announced that the CPK is one of the strategic projects that he will defend. And the future, alleged coalition will not have a majority sufficient to reject the presidential veto, Horała said.
– CPK, the airport itself, as well as a whole range of railway connections, are on the TENT core network (Trans-European Transport Network – editor’s note), so it would also require a revision at the level of the European Commission. We received EU funding for a number of CPK projects, he added.
The presenter asked whether Horała thought so European Commission is a guarantor of the creation of the Central Communication Port, or can he still change his mind. – Of course we don’t know that. However, this is another difficulty because such a procedure must be initiated and carried out effectively. We also received EU funds for a number of projects, which would have to be returned if not implemented. Several CPK projects are part of the Polish KPO, so failure to implement them would mean failure to achieve another milestone within the KPO, he said.
However, he later clarified that these milestones concern railway projects that are part of the entire CPK project. – Funds are allocated for their implementation – he said.
Consequences of abandoning CPK
Marcin Horała talked about the consequences of abandoning the CPK project.
– This would require a conscious decision not to implement the KPO, which seems to be heresy for the new government, or it would require carrying out the entire procedure of revising the KPO, (…) of course, there is also the issue of already concluded contracts, proceedings and tenders. If, under public procurement law, bidders submitted offers, one that met the criteria was selected, and a contract was concluded, then this contract must be kept. Or pay various types of fines, he said. – In general, all the work that has been done, if the decision was made to abandon CPK, would be wasted money. And there were quite a lot of these works and they cost a lot. This should also be a brake on the future government, he added.
Central Communication Port
Central Communication Port is a planned transfer hub between Warsaw and Łódź, which will integrate air, rail and road transport. As part of this project, 37 km west of Warsaw, in an area of approx. 3 thousand ha, an airport is to be built.
The first stage of the airport, i.e. two parallel runways and infrastructure to handle 40 million passengers, is to be launched in 2028. The CPK General Plan assumes that the airport will then be expanded in a modular manner.
According to recent reports from the “Rzeczpospolita” daily Law and Justice so far, it has been able to spend a total of approximately PLN 5 billion on investments.
The financing structure for the construction of the CPK airport is 60%. debt instruments, and 40 percent capital-shares in the CPK company, which will operate the future airport. Up to 49 percent shares in this 40 percent was offered to private investors (ownership control remains with the State Treasury).
The change of government in Poland may mean that the investment announced by Law and Justice will be questionable.
Maciej Lasek, MP of the Civic Coalition, announced that an audit will be carried out and then the new government will see what happens next with the Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) company.
Some politicians of the new majority have already declared that they are not in favor of completely abandoning the CPK. Vice President PSL Dariusz Klimczak said in “Piasecki’s Rozmowa” on TVN24 that “This project has consumed so much money that there is no way it will be canceled.” – The question is in what format it will be continued. (…) It must not be thrown into the trash, he added.
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