European Congress of Local Governments
Krakow 4th -5th May 2015,

The debates of the European Congress of Local Governments, a cycle of sessions and meetings devoted to Polish and European local governments, have already begun in  Krakow. They are attended by more than a thousand guests from entire Europe.

On the basis of the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Commission is currently obliged to consult regional and local governments and their associations in entire Europe already at the stage preceding the legislation process. – Due to the above mentioned provision, the regional dimension of European integration has become even more important recently. Consequently, the first day of the Congress included a plenary session „Europe of regions – a new opening”,

Jacek Majchrowski, the President of Krakow, focused in his speech on the role of the European funds primarily from the investment perspective. – Krakow would not have so many new facilities without the European financing that reached on many occasions even 75 percent – said president Majchrowski. According to Majchrowski, Poland should follow the example of Italy, where urban areas have their own EU budgets. – The European funding from the new financial perspective should concentrate on improving the quality of life in urban areas and regions – convinced Majchrowski.

The mayor of Tbilisi, Davit Narmania, reminded that the city he administered was a centre of Transcaucasia, and was always oriented westwards. – The Association Agreement signed last year between Georgia and the European Union demonstrated the extent of obligations and responsibility taken on by regional authorities – said Narmania. The Mayor of Tbilisi reminded that the European objectives, such as ecology or sustainable development have also been a priority for Tbilisi. Corresponding to the concept of Smart City, he argued that innovative solutions based on new IT technologies, development of social infrastructure and easier access to public administration have already been introduced in Tbilisi. According to the mayor of Tbilisi, strong small and medium size enterprises, tourism, commerce and congress activity are the foundations of economic development.

Poland acquired the concept of decentralization at the time of accession to the European Union – stated Zbigniew Jagiełło, the President of PKO BP.The president of the biggest Polish bank stressed a favourable geographical location of Polish cities. – We are not a type of country, which has only one big city, usually the capital. It is a good foundation for the mentioned new opening of regions – said Zbigniew Jagiełło. According to him, the key to sustainable development of Polish cities is to improve road and railway infrastructure. President Jagiełło convinced that in the next stage, Poland needs a Metropolitan Law, which would allow to depart from constraints imposed on urban development. He mentioned Silesian agglomeration and Tricity as the examples where such a law was a burning issue. According to the president of PKO, the concept of decentralization in Poland would be an interesting solution as well.  -  There are many institutions, which could successfully operate outside of the capital – he pointed.

According to Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, The President of the Chamber of Regions in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the foundation for development of local self-government is democracy, respect of law and civil liberties. – Only once we remember about them, can we talk about investment, economic development or innovations. In her opinion, regionalization is an answer to the crises experienced in the past. – Thanks to the regions, Europe has gained entirely a new dimension. It is a level, where decisions are taken regarding the most important areas – education, health care or employment.

The President of the European Committee of Regions, Markku Markkula, reminded that the main role of his organization was to reflect the point of view of European cities and regions in the decision-making process in the EU. According to Markku Markkula the role of local self-government has been continuously changing as the crisis has led to the tendency of nationalization of economic problems. – Looking at reports from individual countries, we can notice that regional dimension is vital for economic development, and local authorities should have more to say about such issues as European digital regulations or investments programmes.


Day 1:      
  • From 8:00 A.M. - Registration of guests Congress
  • Plenary Session
  • Report Presentation
  • Thematic blocks, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, presentations
  • Awards’ Ceremony
  • Reception
Day 2:    
  • Plenary Session
  • Thematic blocks
  • Panel discussions
  • Workshops, lectures, presentations  
  • Reception


ICE Kraków Congress Centre

ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17,

Kraków 30-302

Congress Partner

City of Kraków – Host City

Commercial Partners


PKO Bank Polski is the leader of the Polish banking sector. It has managed to regularly achieve high results while maintaining a conservative approach to risk. It has consistently increased shareholder value while focusing on up-to-the-minute technological solutions, attractive products and quality of service of highest order. The Bank’s business rests on three pillars of retail, corporates and investment banking. It has a strong reputation as a partner of the Polish entrepreneurship. It is committed to investment and optimization projects in the self-government sector.  

KPMG in Poland provides professional services in the field of audit, tax and advisory. KPMG was one of the first audit and advisory companies with international reach to operate in the Polish market. Currently we have over 1200 people working in 7 offices in Warsaw, Cracow, Poznań, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Katowice and Łodź.

PGE Group is Poland's largest utility, as measured by both revenues and power generation. Thanks to the combination of its own fuel resources and power generation capacities, as well as having its own distribution networks, PGE guarantees a secure and reliable supply of electricity to over five million customers. PGE’s business activities comprise the mining of lignite and generation of electricity and heat as well as wholesale trade, distribution and retail sale of electricity and heat for district heating schemes.

FBSerwis S.A. a Polish company set up by Ferrovial Services and Budimex. The activities of the company include Environmental Services, Infrastructure Maintenance, Facility Management and Energy Efficiency Services. The company is a pioneer in the field of comprehensive services within Smart Cities concept, aiming to improve performance and secure savings for its clients (e.g.:  GDDKiA, National Stadium in Warsaw, Port of Gdańsk, ZDiZ Gdańsk, the City of Krakow and the City of Poznan).

Schréder - 100 years of tradition in the World, 15 years in Poland.The Company is an expert in the design and development of outdoor lighting solutions. We offer complete ranges of high-performance products for lighting cities, illuminating monuments and façades, lighting tunnels, sport fields, subway stations, industrial lighting. We also provide the OWLET system which is now being installed in Cracow. Our goal is always to offer intelligent and responsible solutions with added value for our customer’s specific requirements. 

PLAY (P4) 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 21% market share and more than 12mill customers. PLAY has initiated numerous pro-competitive actions that permanently changed the Polish telecom market to the customers’ benefit.

Citi Handlowy (Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A.) combines the experience and tradition of the Polish banking with a modern way of doing finance. Through its  innovative Smart distribution channels and a network of 44 branches the bank offers a broad range of corporate, investment and retail banking products and services to its clients. The capital group of the Bank comprises also Dom Maklerski Citi Handlowy  (Brokerage House of Citi Handlowy). Being part of Citigroup, the world’s largest financial institution, provides Citi Handlowy customers with access to financial services in more than 100 countries.

Scotwork is the oldest in the world consulting company specialized in consulting negotiation. Scotwork is the only one company, which has a global reach; our exclusive field are trade negotiations and effective communication negotiation. We audit and implement the negotiation systems; negotiation skills training tailored to the needs of customers, dedicated to the specific projects; our offer also includes coaching and mentoring; we negotiate on behalf of the client

Androbit offers comprehensive IT solutions, enabling a creative appropach to digitalization. Using iBeacon technology, we have created two platforms  targeted at: 1. Digitalization and distribution of cultural property through unique multimedial exhibitions. This solution not only allows to cover the requirements of digitalization, but is also aimed at creating PR and marketing value.2. Simple and effective facilities improving accessability of e-services in public buildings.


WOLF THEISS is one of the largest international law firms in Poland. We also have offices in Austria, CEE & SEE Countries. We have over 20 years of extensive experience in major infrastructure investments and capital investments in Poland. With approximately 30 lawyers and tax consultants (over 300 worldwide) we advise demanding national and foreign clients on all aspects of commercial law.




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