Pomerania Metropolitan Railway
Pomerania Metropolitan Railway (PMK) is the biggest infrastructure investment project of the Pomerania worth over PLN 1 billion. The EU subsidy for the construction amounted to PLN 618 million. It will be available to passengers as early as on 1 September. The newly-built line will cover the area of Tri-city and the adjacent poviats (e.g. Bytów, Kartuzy). The investment project will enable the launch of regular railway connection on the sections Gdańsk Główny-Airport Gdańsk-Gdynia Główna. It will be also the basis for development of new agglomeration connections (towards Gdynia) and regional ones (towards Kaszuby subregion), as well as limit the number of cars entering Tri-city.
Construction of World War II Museum
The construction of World War II Museum is fully financed from the state budget, and its total cost is PLN 448.9 million. In April 2015, the government decided to increase funds for completion of this investment project by approximately PLN 90.5 million. The museum will present in a modern way the history of the WWII from the perspective of politics and common people’s experience of that age. It is supposed to present not only the fate of Poles, but also experience of other nations. Its opening is scheduled for the autumn 2016.
“Ports 24h” – faster clearance at ports
The act on simplifications in economic activity since 2015 obliges all institutions which participate in border checks at sea ports to conduct their activities within 24 hours in an as little burdensome manner for importers and operators as possible. The responsibility for coordination of this work as part of “Ports 24h” package is the Customs Service. The solution enables Polish ports to compete at the same level with the best ports in Europe. More and more goods cross Poland, thanks to which we take an increasingly big part of the European market. As part of “Ports 24h” project, the Customs Service has launched a dedicated IT communication platform for faster exchange of information e.g. on progress of goods inspection process or document verification.
Construction of a railway bridge over Martwa Wisła
The new bridge over Martwa Wisła is part of the modernisation investment project on the 226 railway line, which covers the 12-kilometre section between Pruszcz Gdański and Gdańsk Port Północny station. The cost of the bridge’s construction is PLN 35 million, whereas the cost of the whole investment project is PLN 370 million. The project will smooth transport of goods by railway to the Port in Gdańsk. The new bridge will improve safety, and trains will travel faster – up to 100 km/h and will be able to carry heavier loads. Thanks to two tracks – instead of one – the traffic capacity will increase six fold, up to 200 trains per day. It will translate into bigger competitiveness of Gdańsk Port. The reconstruction will also benefit navigation – the bridge’s height above the water will be over 8 metres, and the width of the waterway will increase from 11 to 50 metres.
The investment project is being carried out with respect for the natural environment. The completion of the railway line reconstruction is scheduled for August 2016.
Letter of intent on Contemporary Art Museum in Gdańsk to be signed
On 1 September 2015, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Professor Małgorzata Omilanowska, Pomorskie Province Marshal Mieczysław Struk and President of the city of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz will sign in Gdańsk a letter of intent on cooperation for establishment and development of Contemporary Art Museum as a branch of the National Museum in Gdańsk. The mission of the new museum will be to gather, make available, disseminate, interpret, display and present modern art collections to the biggest possible audience from Poland and abroad. The museum will promote 20th and 21st century global art, strengthen the image of Pomerania as a region which is important to contemporary international art, and try to increase collections of contemporary art at the National Museum in Gdańsk. It will also conduct scientific, cultural and educational activity. The target seat of the Contemporary Art Museum will be constructed on the former shipyard area - the so-called Young City. This place is particularly important to Gdańsk from the historical point of view, and offers an exceptional opportunity to transform the post-industrial facilities into an area which will serve culture, arts and social integration.
“Sea shore protection programme”
On 31 August, the Council of Ministers adopted a resolution on the amendment of the act on establishment of multiannual “Sea shore protection programme”. The aim of the programme is, among other things, strengthening and maintaining the coastal area flood protection system. In addition, the document provides for stabilisation of the coastline, prevention of erosion and disappearance of beaches, as well as degradation of cliffs. The programme will also enable conducting and increasing the scope of monitoring of sea coast and the inshore water zone. The new solutions will enable sea offices to perform their obligations more effectively. The programme is financed from, among other sources, the state budget, and the minimum annual expense amount from this budget is PLN 34 million.
Reconstruction of the potential of the Polish shipyard industry
Despite the bankruptcy of Stocznia Gdynia S.A. and Szczecińska Stocznia NOWA, over the last years we can see reconstruction and development of this sector in Poland. In 2013, the sales of the shipyard industry reached the value of PLN 8.94 billion. In the years 2010-2013, the sales revenue of the Polish shipyard market grew by 11.7% a year. As of the end of 2014, the Polish shipyards had orders for 19 ships. Over the last years, the Polish shipyard sector has made a huge technological progress, and currently manufactures at the top level in Europe and the world. The share of Polish companies on the European ship maintenance market is 10%. In this respect, we are ahead of, among others, UK, Italy, France and Norway.
Six “Senior Wigor” homes in Pomerania
Six “Senior Wigor” homes will be opened in Pomorskie Province. Thanks to the government subsidy, day homes for senior citizens will be created in Tuchomie commune, Czersk commune, Skaryszewy commune, Pelplin commune, Puck poviat and city of Gdańsk commune.
Pomerania has received over PLN 12.8 million for creating and operating day care centres as part of government Maluch programme. In total in 2015, as many as 182 institutions have received a government subsidy as part of “Maluch” programme in Pomorskie Province to create and operate 2,935 child care places for kids up to the age of three.
“MALUCH na uczelni” programme
This year, also universities could apply for the funds from the programme for the first time. The subsidy has been granted to day care centres at: Higher Banking School in Gdańsk, Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski Higher Business and Administration School in Gdynia and branches of Higher Economic School in Bydgoszcz: in Malbork and Słupsk. The subsidy amount for day care centres at universities is PLN 319 thousand.
Participation of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa in “Swordsfish” and “Heron” programmes
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) together with the Ministry of National Defence are preparing draft agreement on delivery of six ships for the Polish Navy as part of “Swordfish” and “Heron” programmes. The provide for construction of three patrol ships with mine sweeping capabilities and three shore defence ships.