Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelian said in an interview with BusinessCensor.
"This is just an attempt to silence Omelian in order to get rid of the "permanent stimulus." Because I have constantly been urging and asking: Let's hold professional discussion about what is going on in Ukrzaliznytsia. They decided to take Ukrzaliznytsia away and place under jurisdiction of the Economic Development Ministry. They obviously hope that no one there will ask questions like that," the minister said.
According to him, any minor improvement will be presented as a global reform from now on.
"Everything will be as usual. 'As usual' sounds like a death sentence. Some improvements by 3-5 percent will be shown and announced the global far-reaching reform allegedly taking place all over the company," Omelian said.
"The prime minister has made it clear that Ukrzaliznytsia slips into the government control. Now the government and the prime minister personally, as the one who has taken such a decision, will directly bear responsibility for the situation as it has developed in Ukrzaliznytsia.
"But in fact he has only formalized what has actually been taking place since July 2016: Hroisman, Kistion, Dubnevych, not the relevant ministry, have been Balczun's best friends," the minister said.
Earlier, Infrastructure Minister Omelian sharply criticized Ukrzaliznytsia Head Balczun recalling that he was against Balczun's appointment to the post by the Select Committee. Furthermore, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved at its extraordinary meeting the new charter of Ukrzaliznytsia PJSC, according to which the Ministry of Infrastructure lost jurisdiction over the company.
Omelian also said that the process of corporatization of Ukrzaliznytsia PJSC had stopped while no efforts to fight against corruption within the company were made. He insisted that the Cabinet's decision to transfer Ukrzaliznytsia under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade should be reviewed.