Poland’s PM warns builders of Euro 2012 projects

Builders of key projects for the 2012 European Championship
could lose their contracts due to delays and building flaws, Polish
Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned on Thursday.

There are growing signs of significant problems with the
55,000-seat National Stadium in Warsaw, being built by an
Austrian-Polish consortium, and with delays in building a major
motorway.

Tusk threatened ”tough measures” in connection with both
projects, which are key to Poland’s preparations to co-host Euro
2012 with Ukraine.

The National Stadium was supposed to be finished by the end of
June, but that timetable looks increasingly unlikely after the
recent discovery of construction flaws in a staircase that would
have posed a danger to users. That project is being carried out by
an Austrian-Polish consortium led by Austria’s Alpine Bau.

The National Sports Center, a state body overseeing the stadium
building, said the stadium’s first major event, a motocross event
scheduled for Aug. 6, was cancelled because of the problems.

Also on Thursday, Sports Minister Adam Giersz said a football
match between Poland and Germany on Sept. 6 at the stadium might
have to be moved to Gdansk due to the construction delays.

Sections of the A2, a planned motorway between Warsaw and
Berlin, are also facing delays because a Chinese company, COVEC,
has fallen behind on payments to subcontractors.

Tusk warned that Poland could pull out of that contract
completely and hand over the project to Poland’s General
Directorate for National Roads and Motorways.

The government has been warning COVEC to pay its bills
immediately.