WARSAW Feb 13 Poland's government on Thursday dismissed the head of the GDDKiA state road agency, Lech Witecki, who played a central role in administering a massive road-building programme backed by European Union cash.
"This is a key moment in one of the most important areas of my ministry's work. I think GDDKiA needs fresh power, " infrastructure minister Elzbieta Bienkowska said in a statement.
Construction companies have criticised the way GDDKiA awarded and managed road-building contracts worth billions of euros. They allege the agency forced them to take losses on the contracts and pushed some into bankruptcy, though Polish officials have denied this.
Firms that have been in dispute with the Polish road agency over payments include Austria's Strabag and Alpine Bau, a unit of Germany's Bilfinger, Ireland's SIAC, SISK and Roadbridge, and a unit of Spain's Ferrovial.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb 19 A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station. The 229-foot tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 soared off a seaside launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 a.m. ET (1439 GMT) carrying a Dragon cargo ship bound for the station.