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3rd European Congress of Local Governments

27 – 28 march, Kraków

Local governments in the face of 21st century challenges

2 days



125 debates



1780 participants



The European Congress of Local Governments is a platform for the exchange of views and a meeting place for local government leaders, regional elites with representatives of state administration, NGOs and business.

Multilateral cooperation between European regions and cities has in recent years developed into a social and economic phenomenon, to the point where it significantly affects not only the politics and economics of individual countries but also of the entire continent.

The most important guests

  • Anna Zalewska, Minister of Education
  • Rafalska Elżbieta, Minister of Family Affairs, Labour and Social Policy
  • Adam Hamryszczak, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Development
  • Emilewicz Jadwiga, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Development
  • Jacek Krupa, Marshall of Małopolskie Voivodship
  • Sosnowski Sławomir, Marshall of the Lublin Province
  • Grzegorz Schetyna, Chairman of the Civic Platform
  • Władysław Kosiniak Kamysz, President of the Polish People’s Party
  • Jacek Majchrowski, President of the City of Cracow
  • François Decoster, President of the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs, Committee of the Regions of the European Union

Prize winners

  • Special Congress Award – Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz
  • Grzegorz Niestrój, Head of Kornowac Commune – the best local government official/ category: head of the commune in the rural communes category
  • Grzegorz Niezgoda, Mayor of Szczawnica – the best local government officer/ category: urban and rural municipalities in Poland
  • Piotr Grzymowicz, Mayor of Olsztyn – the best local government member/category: cities with county rights

Most important topics

  • “Europe in the face of global change and 21st century self-government “
  • “Solidarity and redistribution as a way to equalize development opportunities between regions “
  • “Modern local government – a community of free people. What should and should not be changed in the operation of Polish self-governments”
  • “New tools in cohesion policy”
  • “Undiscovered potential of silver econom”

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