POMORSKIE'S PREPARATIONS FOR EFFECTIVE ABSORPTION OF EU FUNDS HAVE CONTINUED SINCE 1999. BY 2004, THE REGION'S BENEFICIARIES HAD RECEIVED MORE THAN 700 MILLION ZLOTYS MAINLY UNDER THE ISPA, PHARE AND SAPARD PROGRAMMES, WITH FUNDS DEDICATED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS.
WHERE OPPORTUNITIES ARE SEIZED
Structural Funds, which were the most important element of the EU's Cohesion Policy, became available to us after 2004. The primary objective was to co-participate in managing the so-called regional component of the Integrated Regional Operational Programme. Pomorskie has for years been in the national lead in terms of EU funds procurement. So far, under the 2007-2013 Pomeranian Regional Operational Programme, 1561 contracts have been concluded totalling more than 6 billion zlotys (with EU contribution at about 3.5 billion zlotys).
This allowed us to deliver many projects, whereby the Musical Theatre in Gdynia has been remodelled and has now the largest musical stage in Poland, a new Marina was built in Sopot, a sports complex was built in Kwidzyn, the Pomeranian Trauma Centre in Gdańsk (Copernicus Podmiot Leczniczy sp. z o.o.) was enlarged and equipped and 1418 km of new fibre-optic lines were built. More than 30% of all the funds were used to improve access to healthcare, build roads and transport nodes to shorten the commuting time to work, school or home.
Pomorskie comprises 16 land powiats (counties) and four city powiats (cities with powiat rights): Gdańsk, Gdynia, Słupsk and Sopot. The Pomorskie Metropolitan Railway is the largest and most important transport project currently carried out by the Pomorskie Voivodeship's local government. Its budget is more than 900 million zlotys. The Railway will revolutionise transport in the Tri-City and the region of Kashubia. It will connect Gdańsk and Gdynia with the Airport in Gdańsk-Rębiechowo and will facilitate commuter transport from the Tri-City's many peripheral districts. Its 20-km-long line will include 11 new stops.
Vision of a region in 2020 assumed that Pomorskie in 2020 is a region of sustainable growth, which launches and uses diverse territorial potentials for strengthening and balancing of development processes; of a unique position, thanks to the activities of civil society, strong social and intellectual capital, rational management of environmental resources, economic use of the potential of the sea, and the intelligent infrastructure networks and widespread use of eco-efficient technologies; being a leader of positive social and economic changes in Poland and in the South Baltic area.
In the new 2014–2020 Financial Perspective, the volume of funds in the Regional Operational Programme for the Pomorskie Voivodeship is almost €2 billion. These funds will be used, among others, to deliver the projects written down in the six Regional Strategic Programmes, which contain the detailed provisions for the Pomorskie Voivodeship Development Strategy.
Fot. UMWP; repozytorium ISIT