Poland’s Risky Rail Investments

Promises and Fears Surrounding Eastern Cargo Terminals

30 July 2021

Kamil Jarończyk

Managing Editor

Eastern Poland is going to receive a large amount of investment from the state and the EU for cargo terminals. This points to the fact that, although in the West China may be politically persona non grata, economically Poland and other eastern EU member states see large potential in the ‘New Silk Road’ both externally and domestically. But does this hope rest on sound foundations or does it create an Achilles’ heel for the eastern EU states ripe for exploitation?

In the east of Poland, along the border with Belarus and Ukraine, large investments (around 697 million euro) are being made by PKP Cargo, whose largest shareholder is Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A.(PKP S.A.) (Polish State Railways, Inc.), the largest railway freight transport operator in Poland and one of the largest in the EU.

The company is planning on building one of the most comprehensive logistics parks in Europe in a small, eastern Polish town called Małaszewicze on the border with Belarus.

The purpose of this park is to accommodate the ever-rising number of trains arriving in Europe along the ‘New Silk Road,’ a part of China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative.

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Kamil Jarończyk

Managing Editor

The Managing Editor at Visegrad Insight. Kamil Jaronczyk graduated Masaryk University and Utrecht University with a Master in European Governance. He is also a co-author of the Towards 3SI Civil Society Forum Report.

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