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OUR GUEST

Local government bodies can accelerate the development of their communities with the use of programmes cofinanced from European funds and Norway funds. The new dynamics will also be supported by an amendment to the Act on the principles governing economic development policies. We discuss plans for the coming year with MAŁGORZATA JAROSIŃSKAJEDYNAK, Minister of Development Funds and Regional Policy.

THE FUTURE IS AT STAKE

The Local Development programme is entering another stage. What criteria should towns and cities meet to secure funding? As far as I’m concerned, all local government bodies - 54 on the basic list, and 13 on the reserve list - have already won. Ultimately, around 15 towns and cities will receive attractive project financing. They will be able to implement comprehensive economic development projects worth EUR 3-10 million each. The deadline for their implementation is end-April 2024. Financed under the third edition of the Norway and EEA Funds, the Local Development programme provides an inspiration for medium-sized municipalities to come up with an integrated PM

economic development programme. The total programme budget is EUR 117.6 million. Of this, EUR 100 million are resources coming from the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, and EUR 17.6 million is Poland’s own contribution. However, each of the towns and cities which has met the stringent criteria is already a winner. 212 draft project were submitted for assessment. Thus, one in four municipalities out of those which applied for financial support now receives special expert support in the drafting of strategic documents. Whether municipalities implement their programmes as part of the second stage of recruitment, or obtain other funds for investment projects, is not so important for their success. The

point is that they will have a good sustainable development programme which they can use to attract investors in the future. How do you assess the smart city challenge when it comes to zero emissions, smart urban technologies, public transport and waste management? We are a partner for local government bodies which supports and promotes the concept of smart cities. We offer help in developing good practices in the creation of urban environments which their inhabitants find friendly. The Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy runs the Human Smart Cities competition, under which 25 municipalities have received financial and PM

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"Polish Market” is a prestigious English-language magazine published since 1996. In its pages, it promotes the Polish economy, businesses,...

Polish Market No.2-3 (293)/2020  

"Polish Market” is a prestigious English-language magazine published since 1996. In its pages, it promotes the Polish economy, businesses,...

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