Green light for implementing the ITI
A particularly important stage of work for the integrated growth of Greater Warsaw was completed. In recent days the Strategy for the Integrated Territorial Investments for the Warsaw Functional Area 2014-2020+ was developed under the partnership between communes of Greater Warsaw and it received a positive assessment of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development and the Board of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. The Strategy will make it possible to obtain support from EU funds for low-emission economy projects, the most important of which will be the further stages of the construction of line 2 of the metro. Projects co-funded under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme will also include the construction of a tram line to Wilanów and the extension and upgrading of heat networks in the western part of the agglomeration, including the Praga district in Warsaw. Furthermore, it will be possible to launch calls for applications for financing under the Integrated Territorial Investments instrument, resulting in the development of, i.e., projects for the development of bike paths and Park & Ride facilities, e-services, the development of entrepreneurship, and the provision of care of children aged 3 or less.
All this will be possible thanks to the funding envisaged under the ROP MV for Integrated Territorial Investments amounting to EUR 165.8 million. A separate, much larger pool of funds was provided under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme, under which the following amounts were planned for the respective projects (or types of projects):
- the construction of line 2 of the metro (stage 2 and 3) – approx. EUR 1 billion;
- urban transport (including the expansion of the tram network) – approx. EUR 215 million;
- heat networks – approx. EUR 56 million;
- comprehensive energy-efficient retrofitting of residential buildings – approx. EUR 33.8 million;
During the many months of work on building cooperation and developing an action plan, local government bodies participating in the process emphasised that for the future of all communes it is essential to integrate the area and improve the possibilities for utilising its development opportunities. The Strategy for the Integrated Territorial Investments for the Warsaw Functional Area 2014-2020+ defines the objectives and courses of action contributing to the improvement of living conditions and the quality of life of the residents. The focus lies on increasing the availability of public services, the development of a network of economic connections, and an improvement in the quality of space.
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