Europe Day – 18 years in the EU and 18 billion PLN for Warsaw

Warsaw is a European metropolis, driven by the spirit of enterprise and the commitment of its inhabitants. Since Poland joined the EU, the capital has received more than PLN 18 billion from the EU budget for investment and development. This is more than 10 thousand. PLN per inhabitant of the capital.

Europe Day – a celebration of European unity

– For 18 years now, the presence in the European Union strengthens the sovereignty of Poland and influences the development of the country, including Warsaw. EU membership allows us to effectively defend our interests and ensure our security. Because together we are stronger – emphasizes President Rafał Trzaskowski. – Every day we see all the real and material advantages of being part of the European community. And in the new EU financial perspective, we want to invest in mobility and infrastructure projects, including the further development of the metro system, adds the president.

The multidirectional development of the capital makes it an open, friendly, functional and modern city, focused on innovative solutions, in line with social needs and respect for the sustainable environment. Thanks to this, over the past 18 years, Warsaw has become a European metropolis of the 21st century. These changes, however, would not be possible without the support of European funds – the most visible of all the benefits of Poland’s membership of the European Union.

10 PLN thousand per capita

So far, the capital has obtained more than PLN 18 billion from the European Union budget, which is equivalent to PLN 10,000 per capita. This is one of the highest results not only in Poland, but also in the entire Central and Eastern European region.

The EU Cohesion Fund (CF) finances both urban mobility projects and most environmental protection projects in Warsaw. The total amount of project co-financing by the CF exceeds PLN 14.6 billion. Transport infrastructure, based mainly on low-emission public transport, is a priority. Therefore, the largest funds are allocated to the development of public transport, so that it is a good alternative to individual transport. Warsaw’s main investment supported by CF is the construction of the second metro line and the purchase of modern rolling stock (7.38 billion PLN of co-financing of three projects). The metro is undeniably a factor in the formation of the city, and at the same time fits directly into the hypotheses of transition to a zero-emission economy. Currently, the third phase of construction of the second metro line is underway, as well as the purchase of the rolling stock necessary for its operation. In addition, funding is planned for projects to extend the network of tram tracks, ecological buses, urban railway, a system of interchange parking lots, cycle paths and major road sections. .

Boulevards, fountains and security

Thanks to European funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), an effective project for the renovation of the Vistula Boulevards and the Multimedia Fountain Park has been implemented. On the banks of the Vistula, the Workshop of the Copernican Revolution is being built – a research and development center dedicated to innovation in education. As part of the animation of the newly created establishment, exhibitions, educational kits, educational scenarios and knowledge on skills development are planned. In turn, for the development of Warsaw business, the Smolna Entrepreneurship Center was launched in Powiśle and the Targowa Creativity Center in Stara Praga. A project for free mobile solutions that will facilitate movement in public space has also been prepared, as well as a project concerning the expansion of the alarm and warning system for people. The total amount of project co-financing from the ERDF amounts to more than PLN 2.5 billion.

The third of the main sources of EU support for the development of Warsaw is the European Social Fund (ESF). Emphasis was placed, among other things, on the social and professional activation of disabled inhabitants of the capital, support for care services, as well as help for families. The total amount of ESF co-financing of projects amounts to more than PLN 750 million.

Warsaw as a metropolis

EU funds are complemented by funds from other European Union aid funds, primarily for science, research and development. Funds of the so-called Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area – under which Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein contribute to the implementation of cultural, educational and social projects. Thanks to these funds, the buildings in the Old Town, where the Warsaw Museum is located, have been modernized. System support was also obtained for the capital’s retirement homes and natural meadows on the banks of the Vistula were restored.

However, EU aid does not only cover the capital city of Warsaw, but also the entire metropolis of Warsaw. The answer to the challenges of intensive metropolitan development are integrated territorial investments – a special financial instrument that goes beyond the current programming schemes of EU funds. Within its framework, Warsaw in cooperation with 39 neighboring municipalities – with the support of EU funds – implements projects whose common goal is to eliminate problems on a supra-local scale and use the potential agglomeration municipality, both in terms of infrastructure (cycle paths, P+R car parks) and economic and social (public e-services, education of children and young people, creation of reception places for children up to 3 years). Within the framework of the integrated territorial investments of the Warsaw Metropolis, local governments have signed EU funding contracts for more than PLN 735 million.

Europe Day on May 9

Europe Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the anniversary of the signing by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman of the so-called Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950, five years after the Second World War. This was a proposal for the joint coordination of steel production and coal mining and the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). The initiative is seen as the foundation of European integration.

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