Polish PM axes minister over Gazprom deal

You're out: Polish PM Donald Tusk fires Treasury Minister

Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has fired his Treasury Minister after being kept out of the loop on a pipeline contract struck between state company PGNiG and Russia’s Gazprom.

Mikolaj Budzanowski was given the sack after both himself and Tusk reportedly learned of the deal penned in early April concerning the proposed construction of the Yamal-Europe 2 pipeline linking Russia with Slovakia via Poland.

“Despite my respect for Budzanowski’s qualifications, he failed to adequately supervise strategic companies in charge of energy security,” Bloomberg quoted Tusk as saying.

"In my view, the oversight function was not fully implemented," Reuters also quoted Tusk as saying at a press conference announcing the sacking.

"I will await fast actions from the new treasury minister with regards to PGNiG, including personal consequences that should come first."

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