2nd European Congress of Local Governments
Krakow 5th– 6th April 2016

"Local Government Today – People, Cooperation, Innovations"

Europe must be rebuilt from scratch, but not starting from a roof- i.e. the EU institutions, but from the bottom –i.e. local communities – said Emil Boc, former Prime Minister of Romania, and now the mayor of Cluj-Napoca during the Opening Plenary Session of the II European Congress of Local Governments. The Congress was held at the Congress Centre ICE Krakow on April 5-6th. Participants of the session have agreed to the fact that local governments should have more autonomy, including financial. I'm afraid that there is a growing tendency in Europe of centralizing decisions and having strong government position- said Jan Rokita, the moderator of the Session. 

The world is changing, the local governments are changing and the expectations of citizens are also changing – said Emil Boc. – However it would be a mistake to respond to the challenges of the future with the instruments of the past. The three key elements of these changes include smart cities, participatory democracy and a quality of life. Elżbieta Koterba, the Deputy Mayor of Krakow, emphasized that Krakow is the city where participatory democracy works and where citizens participation in the decision-making is still increasing. According to President Koterba the future of local governments depends on the creativity of the residents – they know the best how they want to live.

According Lilyana Pavlova, the Minister of Regional Development of Bulgaria, the foundation of the future of local governments is the balanced regional development. Therefore we have implemented our own ideas and have come up with the concept how to support them. These are funds but also intelligent management strategies – emphasized Minister Pavlova. When we talk about centralization – said Joakim Larsson, the President of the Parliament of the Västra Götaland Region in Sweden – we must remember that pushing the problems to a higher level does not help. You need to try to solve problems at the local level. In his view, local governments should decide on the biggest possible number of issues. Carla Rey, the Secretary General of AICCRE in Italy pointed out that in Europe there are more than 22,000 partner cities. As a result, Europe is becoming more diverse and the cities better solve problems of their residents. The local governments in Poland are strong and have sufficient powers, but their representatives have too little influence on what happens at the national level – claimed the participants of the debate, "City of the XXI century. Can mayors change the world? ". "In fact, one can change the world, maybe not in a large scale, because locally. There are tools and capabilities to get tangible results that can be easily seen by the residents" – stressed Zygmunt Frankiewicz – the President of Gliwice. Wojciech Lubawski, President of Kielce noted that representatives of local authorities have very little influence on what happens in the country – "they are kept at bay" by the central authorities.

Another debate- "Financing of education and reforms of education” aroused great interest. The key to the modernization of education in Poland is improving vocational education for teachers, who play the most important role in the education of young people – said Anna Zalewska Minister of Education. In her view, the role of governments is to provide appropriate equipment for schools and allocating the funds from educational grants for nurseries, kindergartens and schools development. Minister Zalewska has announced that, together with the Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckim they are currently preparing a project that will support local governments in increasing the number of places in nurseries and kindergartens.

The participants of the debate "Services or industry – development dilemmas of Polish regions" have agreed that with no further investment in road and rail transport there will be no possibility of securing Poland’s sustainable development. We expect that the government will be well communicated with the rest of the country. Transport infrastructure is crucial and without it regions, particularly peripheral are unable to grow – said Olgierd Geblewicz, Marshal of West Pomeranian Province. The members of the debate also highlighted the problem of skilled workers drainage in the province. In Lublin there is a special need for all highly specialized technical workers, said Krzysztof Zuk, President of Lublin. Similar problem was referred to by Władysław Ortyl, Marshal of Podkarpackie. Adam Hamryszczak, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development, noted that the most important issue, however, is to focus on the facilitation for businesses. That is simplification and harmonization of the provisions and amendments to the legal regulations on public procurement. The following Marshals of Province have also participated in the Congress: Jacek Krupa - Marshal of Lesser Poland, Elżbieta Anna Polak –Marshal of Lubusz Voivodeship, Wojciech Saługa - Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship, Witold Stępień – Marshal of Lodz Voivodeship and Marek Woźniak- Marshal of  Greater Poland Voivodeship.

The Congress also brought together the high representatives of polish business. There were i.a. the following attendees: Marcin Animucki, Vice President, EKSTRAKLASA S.A .; Wieslaw Bury, CEO, MARR S.A .; Grzegorz Czapla, CEO, InData S.A .; Michał Czarnuch, Advisor, Law Firm Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka; Maciej Dopierała, President, XENTIVO; Jaroslaw Kołodziejczyk, Member of the Board PKP S.A .; Tomasz Kopiec, CEO, A.M.G. Finance; Czeslaw Lang, General Director, Lang Team, Magdalena Markiewicz, Board Member, ENERIS; Jan Pamuła, CEO, International Airport Krakow-Balice; Jakub Szulc, Director, Health Sector, EY, Poland; Marek Wierzbowski from Law Firm Marek Wierzbowski and Partners, Kacper Winiarczyk, General Manager, UBER; Maciej Zabelski, Plenipotentiary of the Board, the Property Management Fund Ltd.

The first day of the Second European Congress of Local Authorities was closed with the solemn gala "Leader of the Local Government 2015", when the best representatives of local governments were given special recognition. In the competition LEADER of the Local Government organized by Rzeczpospolita daily the following leaders were awarded with the title ‘Leader of Local Government 2015’: Tomasz Stolarczyk, Mayor of Rząśnia in Lodz Province, Igor Bandrowicz, Mayor of town and and the municipality of Prusice, Lower Silesia Province and Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk.

The II European Congress of Local Governments held  (5-6 April 2016) brought together over 1500 guests – representatives of local governments, public administrations, governments and parliaments, non-governmental organizations and business across Europe who attended over 80 panel discussions, workshops and presentations. The Organizer of the congress was the Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies, /the organizer of the Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj/. The Partner of the Congress was the City of Krakow.

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Funduszu Zarządzania Nieruchomościami Sp. z o.o. - Leaseback Propert :

  • financial product based on the concept of granting funds to local/ regional authorities;

  • the optimal way for mobilization of hidden reserves in fixed assets of local/ regional authorities;

  • It is not qualified to government debt; improves financial indicators of local government units;

  • there is no limit on granted amount; it offers local government units guarantee of  releasing funds to pay property market price, fixed lease rents and the bay-back property prices; 

ENERIS is a Polish leader in environmental protection that specialises in the construction and subsequent operation of infrastructure related to the management of water-sewage and waste, as well as low-carbon energy from renewable sources. We are a reliable partner of many local governments, with whom we carry out municipal services: collection, transport, processing  and recycling of wastes. We have the potential to build customized solutions for our partners. www.grupa-eneris.pl

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. www.ey.com/pl

Instytut Szkoleń Prawniczych sp. z o.o. (The Legal Training Institute Ltd.) is a specialized training company, providing legal courses. ISP team of consist of lawyers, attorneys and legal advisors associated with the leading Polish law firms, public judges and the officers of the high-level state control authorities. Courses are provided in both open and closed formula (closed courses are provided for the organized groups of employees of the clients company, institution or corporate group).

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we focus on some of the most devastating diseases and the most complex medical challenges of our time, across the following five therapeutic areas: oncology, neuroscience, infectious diseases, cardiovascular and metabolism, immunology. In health care, there’s no time to waste. There are diseases to be treated, medicines to be developed, and lives to be enhanced and transformed. To learn more about the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, visit our website: www.janssen.com.
PKP SA is an administrator of a significant part of railway infrastructure in Poland  (in terms of railway track, rolling stock and stations), as well as an owner of one of the largest real estate bases. The Company cooperates with representatives of local communities within proper management of railway property as well as its resale to JST. Working with local authorities involves implementation of interesting social, cultural and investment projects connected with broadly understood transport infrastructure.
PLAY is an independent, privately owned mobile operator operating a 4G LTE, UMTS and GSM network in Poland. PLAY is one of the most successful late entrants in Europe and the leader of the Polish mobile broadband market. Having commenced services in March 2007 as the 4th operator, PLAY has now over 25% market share and more than 14 mill customers. PLAY has initiated numerous pro-competitive actions that permanently changed the Polish telecom market to the customers’ benefit.

Polowiec i Wspólnicy sp. j. specializes in legal services for entrepreneurs. Scope of services covers all areas of business activity, including projects related to power sector, contracts, restructuring, construction. We have vast experience in business and strategic advice. We provide services within the territory of Poland and abroad. We run offices in Kraków and Gliwice. We connect practice and science, members of our team are authors of many scientific publications. www.polowiec.pl

Law Firm was established in 2004 and has participated in many significant projects and transactions involving the Polish market. The firm provides comprehensive legal services to both Polish entrepreneurs and foreign institutions but also to the public sector, with particular emphasis on local government units. Prominent specialists from our firm provide a wide range of expertise legal services and advice to business transactions.

RWE is one of Europe’s five leading energy companies. It specializes in generation, transmission distribution, and sale of electricity and gas. RWE has 60 000 employees. It supplies over 16 million customers with electricity and more than 7 million customers with gas. RWE is the largest energy producer in Germany, and the third one in the UK. Currently, it operates also in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. The largest RWE companies in Poland are RWE Polska, RWE Stoen Operator, and RWE GBS Polska.  

Work Service Poland’s largest HR company providing innovative workforce solutions ranging from permanent placement and temporary staffing, to outplacement and outsourcing services throughout Central and Eastern Europe. We have earned the trust of 3 000 companies that continuously select Work Service S.A. as their long-term HR partner. Work Service is the first company in the personnel services sector to be listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

For 25 years, Young Digital Planet has been integrating new technologies and education, operating in over 45 world markets. We provide digital educational solutions based on our own content and delivery platforms. Our solutions are adjusted to the needs of the customers and the challenges they must face in the market. We have 25 years of experience in education in digital world. Our products are used in almost 45 countries by educational publishers, ministries of education, school chains and ICT companies.

Self-government organization of banks, established in 1991, founded on the Chambers of Commerce Charter. Membership in the ZBP is voluntary and open for all  banks created under the Polish law as well as for foreign credit institutions branches  operating  in the Republic of Poland. The statutory tasks of the Assiciation is representing  and protecting  common interests of member banks, inter alia with respect to legal regulations related to banking. www.ZBP.pl


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