The president of SPCleantech, Janusz Kahl attended the 3rd National Forum of Local Governments “The new financial perspective – how to prepare for it?”, which once again took place in the Exhibition and Congress Center of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship G2A Arena in Jesionka near Rzeszów.
Janusz Kahl participated in the plenary session in which also participated:
- Adam Hamryszczak – Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Investment and Development
- Anna Modzelewska – from the Directorate General for Regional Policy and the Municipal European Commission
- Tomasz Nowakowski – deputy president of ARMA
- prof. dr hab. Jacek Szlachta from the Warsaw School of Economics
- Janusz Kahl honorary consul of Denmark, Finland and Iceland, president of SPCleantech, participant in the work on the new EU financial perspective for 2021-27.
The meeting, organized by the Marshal of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship and the Podkarpackie Voivode, was under the patronage of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki. Co-organizers of the event were the National Institute of Local Self-government and the Podkarpackie Association of Territorial Self-Government.
– We raise the subject of the new financial perspective, because we know how much EU funds have influenced the development of local governments, we are talking about cooperation with entrepreneurs, as well as the “Accessibility +” program, which creates an opportunity for disadvantaged people. Because the local government is many spheres of economic and social life – said Marshal Władysław Ortyl. – How important self-government is, for example, we can see the place where we are. This year is the 20th anniversary of the existence of voivodship self-governments. To see the scale, just close your eyes and recall how Jasionka looked 20 years ago when the voivodship self-government was being created. Today, we are in a modern congress center, in the neighborhood of the capital of Podkarpacie, the airport, expressway. Referring to the well-known song, we can not say that there was only “stubble” here, because there was an airport, but there were empty areas around it. Today, this “bank” of the song Golców brothers was created, because there is an entrepreneurship incubator, there are numerous companies, world brands from prestigious industries, is the Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park. We have an industrial zone here, which in the future will also serve education, because the Podkarpackie Science Center will be established in the neighborhood – this shows how important is the self-government for the development of communities and regions.
– It is time to prepare for the new financial perspective, budget proposals and new EU regulations have already been presented, which enforce preparatory work both on the side of the government and local governments at various levels. The new financial perspective is to a large extent focused on innovation, low-carbon economy, there will also be funds for such an important road infrastructure for local governments, also the territorial dimension is to be strongly emphasized. Hence the need to update voivodship strategies – said Undersecretary of State Adam Hamryszczak during the forum. – According to the assumptions of the European Commission, the level of co-financing for projects is to be lower, especially in the poorest regions, if today this co-financing is 80 percent, the Commission’s proposal goes towards 70 percent. This creates various kinds of restrictions that local governments must take into account – Deputy Minister Adam Hamryszczak emphasized during the forum.
– Local government officials should focus on the prospect of reducing resources, because reducing the cohesion allocation, envisaged on the basis of a draft EC Regulation, assumes a reduction of 23 per cent. But the proposal also introduces a series of simplifications that should lighten administrative burden on institutions involved in the implementation of operational programs. They also enforce a better, strategic approach to investment planning, which can be launched very quickly after the negotiations are completed. It is therefore very important to prepare coherent regional development strategies, strategies in the areas of transport, monitoring progress in smart specializations – all based on cooperation of entrepreneurs, scientists, government and local government administration – said Anna Modzelewska – from the Directorate General for Regional Policy and Municipal Commission European Union.