More infrastructure investment needed after epidemic - PM

Commenting on the newly-opened A2 stretch, Morawiecki said the A2 route was part of a major European thouroughfare, and observed that it will also make communication easier for local communities in its vicinity. Przemysław Piątkowski/PAP

Infrastructure upgrades in Poland will have to speed up if the national economy is to draw new investment as it comes out of the coronavirus epidemic, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday opening a new stretch of the A2 motorway in central Poland.

Morawiecki said modernising infrastructure will be a major element of his government's development plan in the coming years. He said that Poland's fast-growing transport network currently made it one of the best locations for international enterprise, and to back his words quoted a Financial Times report showing Poland first on an investment attractiveness list of 165 countries during the peak months of the epidemic.

Commenting on the newly-opened A2 stretch, Morawiecki said the A2 route was part of a major European thouroughfare, and observed that it will also make communication easier for local communities in its vicinity.

Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk, who accompanied Morawiecki at the opening, said the A2 should reach Poland's eastern border by 2025. Adamczyk stressed that road projects are of major importance for economic growth and stated that the government plans to build and modernise 22,000 kilometres of local roads by 2023.

Funds and Regional Policy Minister Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak, who also attended the opening, said that to date nearly 1,100 kilometres of roads, including nearly 69 kilometres of motorways, 874 kilometres of expressways and 140 kilometres of local roads have been built in Poland under the EU-funded Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment.