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.