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Warsaw is expanding its cooperation with communes from the metropolitan area and is beginning the preparation of a special development plan for Greater Warsaw.

Strategic workshops conducted by experts will enable us to indicate the flagship projects and close coordination of measures for the harmonious growth of our metropolis. The opinions of local government bodies are very important for us,” said Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.

EU funds in the new 2020+ financial perspective will include the new division of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship into two statistical units. The city and 70 communes comprising the “Warsaw capital” NUTS level (Warsaw and the nine neighbouring districts: Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Legionowo, Mińsk Mazowiecki, Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Otwock, Piaseczno, Pruszków, West Warsaw, and Wołomin) have just begun working on the preparation of “The strategic action plan for Greater Warsaw in the context of programming and implementing the cohesion policy after 2020”. Let us recall that so far the capital city has cooperated with 39 communes, with which it signed an agreement in 2014.

On Thursday 22 February the first workshops were arranged for the representatives of communes, towns, and districts comprising the Warsaw Metropolitan Area, conducted by dr hab. Marta Lackowska and dr Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska from the Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management of the University of Warsaw. The participants discussed the development priorities of Greater Warsaw and determined the framework for further cooperation and integration. Representatives of communes cooperating on the project under the Integrated Territorial Investments instrument shared their experience with the “new” members of the NUTS region.

The workshops will continue until May, and the joint work will result in the adoption of “The strategic action plan for Greater Warsaw in the context of programming and implementing the cohesion policy after 2020.”

The city is planning to further tighten the cooperation and sign a new cooperation agreement with all 70 local government bodies of the metropolitan area.

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The “Park & Ride” network in Greater Warsaw is developing rapidly

More projects aimed at reducing pollutants emission levels and streamlining transport in Greater Warsaw are being launched. Local government bodies will acquire extra PLN 23 million of EU funds for the extension of the Park & Ride system under the Integrated Territorial Investments instrument. 8 facilities will be created with a total of 961 parking spaces for cars and 335 spaces for bicycles. On 30 January this year the Michałowice Commune signed a project co-funding agreement. The communes preparing for the conclusion of agreement also include Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Żyrardów, Zielonka, and the Jaktorów Commune.

Local government bodies carry out measures for the development of the metropolis to improve the quality of life of residents through projects aimed at, i.a., decreasing the emission levels of pollutants and the transport burden in the agglomeration. An important element in implementing these assumptions is the creation of a system of Park & Ride facilities. The car park network will prove particularly useful to the residents of the suburbs in their daily commuting to the city centre and encourage people to use collective transport, as the main argument in favour of choosing specific investments was their coordination with urban transport.

As a result of cooperation between the Local Government of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, the City of Warsaw and communes nearby Warsaw, 5 projects were selected for implementation within the second competition, thanks to which the metropolitan network of Park & Ride car parks will be expanded. The planned investments will include the construction of new car parks in the towns of Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Żyrardów, Zielonka near Warsaw and the Michałowice and Jaktorów communes. “The availability of modern Park & Ride car parks in the localities neighbouring with Warsaw directly benefits the capital city,” emphasised Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw. Creating an opportunity for the residents of nearby communes to safely leave their cars in Park & Ride facilities located next to public transport interchange junctions will limit the number of cars entering Warsaw,” he added. Commuters will be able to park free of charge on the basis of a city transport ticket or a ticket issued by a local transport-service provider. It is assumed that P&R facilities located in communes around Warsaw will be marked in a uniform way. All this is to make sure that the residents can easily distinguish between P&R facilities and other illegal or commercial car parks.

This is another step towards building a network of “Park & Ride car parks in Greater Warsaw. In December 2016 the first competition was concluded, and projects were selected for the construction/redevelopment of 27 facilities with 2,697 parking spaces for cars and 1133 spaces for bicycles. Several facilities, including in Jaktorów, Radzymin, and Wołomin, have already been handed over for use.

Greater Warsaw is not slowing down: our goal is to remain the fastest developing region in Europe

Mayors, village governors, and representatives of town, commune and district council co-creating the Warsaw Metropolitan Area gathered at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews to discuss the cooperation so far, the successes, and challenges for the future. The basis for the future cooperation under Greater Warsaw 2.0 will be the expansion of the range of joint actions and of their reach.

Maciej Fijałkowski, Dyrektor Biura Funduszy Europejskich i Polityki Rozwoju, Urząd Warszawy“The division of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship into two separate NUTS 2 statistical units to be introduced on 1 January 2018 will be an opportunity for us to expand the sphere of impact of the metropolis and to include further local government bodies in our measures. We are convinced that the experience gained so far during our cooperation will enable us to create an excellent basis for integration mechanisms in the 2020+ perspective,” said Maciej Fijałkowski, Director of the European Funds and Development Policy Department. We must jointly specify development goals, flagship projects, cooperation framework, and action coordination measures,” he added.

Ewa Malinowska-Grupińska, Przewodnicząca Rady WarszawyIt was emphasised at the meeting that creating common initiatives requires, and will continue to require Greater Warsaw local government bodies to make compromises for the common good. One of the most important aspects of these initiatives is treating the success of the entire Greater Warsaw as achieved thanks to the efforts of each commune encompassed within this area.

#GreaterWarsawWorks “According to the data for the last 10 years published by the EU, Warsaw along with the Greater Warsaw area is the fastest developing region in Europe. In the last decade, when Prague recorded a 12% GDP growth, and Budapest’s growth was at 18%, Warsaw reached a 57% growth. Such dynamic growth would not be possible if it was not for the active involvement of local government bodies co-creating Greater Warsaw in integrated measures and undertakings. In 2007 we introduced the Integrated Ticket, used by more and more passengers; in the last couple of years their number increased by 20%. Today the metropolitan transport system covers 33 communes. In 2014 Warsaw together with 39 communes concluded a metropolitan cooperation agreement, which now serves as the basis for cooperation on key issues related to economic and social growth of our local communities. An important element in building cooperation is the special pool of EU funds under the Integrated Territorial Investments instrument, under which projects which support low-emission transport, education, and economic development are being implemented.

Video footage of the event:

#MetropoliaDziała, metropolia dyskutuje o przyszłości 🙂W Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich POLIN rozpoczynamy konferencję o tym, jak powinna wyglądać #MetropoliaWarszawska 2.0!

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Europa zmienia metropolię warszawską 2017

#MetropoliaDziała – w dużej mierze dzięki funduszom unijnym.️ Ale jak dokładnie te fundusze wpływają na rozwój metropolii warszawskiej?

O tym będzie okazja dowiedzieć się w ramach imprezy Europa zmienia metropolię warszawską 2017, która odbędzie się w dniach 9-10 września na warszawskim Polu Mokotowskim. Na miejscu czekać będzie na ponad 200 atrakcji przygotowanych przez niemal 70 instytucji!

Podczas tegorocznej edycji, swoją obecność zapowiedziało 19 gmin metropolii warszawskiej. Każda z nich nie tylko zaprezentuje swoją działalność i projekty związane z Unią Europejską, ale przede wszystkim przygotuje specjalne konkursy, animacje i działania edukacyjne. Ponadto w tym roku będą z nami Polska Fundacja im. Roberta Schumana, Tramwaje Warszawskie, Metro Warszawskie, Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego, MPWiK, Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Teatr Dramatyczny, Teatr Powszechny, Stołeczne Centrum Sportu AKTYWNA WARSZAWA, Muzeum Warszawy, Mazowiecki Oddział Polskiego Czerwonego Krzyża, Instytut Fizjologii i Patologii Słuchu, Lasy Miejskie – Warszawa a także Miejski Ogród Zoologiczny.

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Greater Warsaw 2.0

On the Local Government Day, 27 May, a meeting was held at which commune heads discussed cooperation between Warsaw and the nearby local government bodies under the Greater Warsaw initiative now and in the future.

The purpose of the meeting organised under the slogan “Greater Warsaw 2.0” was to start discussion on further harmonious socio-economic growth of metropolitan communes and districts under the 2020+ financial perspective. Local government officials declared that they would like to build a metropolitan area without focusing on systemic changes. Cooperation mechanisms will be based on experience gathered during the implementation of Integrated Territorial Investments, taking into consideration expansion to the NUTS2 Warsaw capital region, which was separated in 2016. The area consisting of 70 communes will be a basis for implementing EU funds under the 2020+ perspective and treated as a target for setting boundaries of the Warsaw Metropolitan Area.

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Local government officials emphasised during the meeting that Greater Warsaw is a working concept, with joint investments and projects being implemented to increase the quality of services provided to the area’s residents. According to the data for the last 10 years published by the EU, Warsaw along with the Greater Warsaw area is the fastest developing region in Europe. In the last decade, when Prague recorded a 12% growth, and Budapest’s growth was at 18%, Warsaw reached a 57% growth. In 2014 Warsaw together with 39 communes concluded a metropolitan cooperation agreement, which now serves as the basis for cooperation on key issues related to economic and social growth of our local communities. We are jointly implementing, among others, investments in P&R facilities, bike paths and economic promotion of companies. In 2007 we introduced the Integrated Ticket. Today the metropolitan transport system covers 33 communes. The common metropolitan transport is used by an increasing number of passengers – within the last couple of years there has been a 20% rise. Within cooperation with the nearby communes on the common transport system, starting from 1 June 2017, we will introduce facilities for urban transport passengers in the form of cheaper tickets for the 1st and the 2nd zone, group tickets for students and 3-day tickets for tourists. “Let’s also remember that communes in Masovia offer the best education. This is because of the education transfer, as thanks to public transport our students are mobile and attend large educational institutions, for instance in Warsaw,” emphasised Artur Tusiński, Mayor of Podkowa Leśna.

#NothingAboutUsWithoutUs – referenda in communes

In late January a draft Act on Warsaw’s form of government created by MPs reached the Sejm, assuming that the capital city would become a metropolitan local government entity encompassing more than 30 communes. The draft was withdrawn after protests of local government officials and residents. Local government officials passed a number of resolutions expressing their disagreement about the planned change. The first referendum was held in Legionowo, where on 26 March, with a turnout of nearly 47%, as many as 94.27% of the voters said NO to joining their city to the “mega Warsaw” proposed in the draft Act. The residents of Nieporęt also opposed the draft Act in the referendum – 96.09% voted against, and 170 people were in favour, accounting for only 4% of the voters. The turnout was 39.5%. The referendum was also held in Konstancin-Jeziorna; and unfortunately, it fell 100 votes short of reaching the required turnout. The planned referenda will take place on 4 June in Podkowa Leśna, Ożarów Mazowiecki, and Wieliszew.

Despite the fact that each local government chose a different method of fighting for the idea #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs, they still speak with one voice, working towards the development of Greater Warsaw on a daily basis.

Presentations from the meeting are available here:
27-05-2017 Komunikacja w metropolii

27-05-2017 ZIntegrowane Inwestycje Terytorialne

27-05-2017 rozwój współpracy OMW

Video from the meeting: