Sławomir Nowak is the new head of UkrAvtoDor – Volodymyr Omelyan
The Government has appointed the new head of the State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine – Sławomir Nowak.
Mr. Nowak is the former Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy of Poland. He headed the ministry for two years, between 2011 and 2013. Before that, Mr. Nowak served as head of the electoral staff of the Presidential candidate Bronisław Komorowski, and was a member of the Sejm (2001-2005). Mr. Nowak has tremendous experience in the field of management, politics and the specific sector of interest.This man was part of the inner circle of Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, who was a big friend to Ukraine.
Over the last decade, UkrAvtoDor was a source of corruption as well as a target for criticism and, finally, ridicule from the general populace.
Ukraine is entering an era of new roads and new infrastructure that will give the government a growth of the economy and will give the citizens safety, comfort and new standards of living.
New roads can’t be built with old, rusty mechanisms. We can’t turn UkrAvtoDor into a modern, effective European company if we’re stuck inside the box of post-Soviet thinking. A European head should fill UkrAvtoDor with European content.
New Nowak – new UkrAvtoDor.
Before you bring it up, I’d like to address the scandal. Indeed, there was a scandal in Poland around Mr. Nowak. The cause of the scandal? A watch that costs 3.5 thousand dollars. And he went to court and successfully cleared his name!
The former heads of UkrAvtoDor, as well as the oblast road agencies, have property, expensive cars and all that jazz. Not one of them is in jail, and not one of them was fired due to a scandal.
The Polish scandal finished with Mr. Nowak resigning his post. And he personally decided to resign. Prime Minister Tusk thanked him personally and appreciated all positive things he did for the country as a Minister. In our Ukrainian realities that sounds like some kind of fairy tale. But today, that’s all past.
The Ministry of Infrastructure became the first to attract independent, professional management with international experience to the management of the state monopolies: Ukrainian Railways, UkrPost and now UkrAvtoDor.
Only through quick reforms, that are carried out according to European experience and European mentality, can we make a great leap forward.
Ukraine doesn’t have time to do reforms step-by-step. We don’t need steps. We need jumps. Those big pole-vault jumps. And the only chance we have is professional, independent management of the state-owned enterprises.