Prime Minister: Making investments is the role of the government during the crisis
The coronavirus did not stop the Polish investments. During the epidemic, their pace is the same as before its outbreak. Large infrastructure investments play a major role in stimulating the economy. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited one of them in Lower Silesia.
The head of the government visited the construction of a water barrage in Malczyce in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship.
He said that this undertaking was the largest hydrotechnical investment of this type in Poland, which constituted the next level on the road to a faster economic development. Especially now, the Polish economy needs an investment incentive.
Public investments are the flywheel of the economy and a cure for overcoming the crisis. Thanks to them, we stimulate the economy, protect jobs and help Polish companies survive. Investments in infrastructure enable the levelling of differences between regions and contribute to the sustainable development of all areas in Poland. This is the basic goal guiding the government's activities. Currently, they are focused on stabilising employment and supporting liquidity of companies. They are aimed at supporting the production potential necessary to undertake economic activity after the pandemic ceases.
Water barrage in Malczyce against drought and floods
On the Oder, 300 km from its source, the construction of a water barrage in Malczyce is underway. This is an important investment task aimed at both recovering from the effects of drought and protecting against flood in the region. It will increase the share of "green" energy in Poland. It is in line with the assumptions of the energy policy pursued by the government. The investment is of a nationwide importance. The full restoration of navigation on the Oder will create the possibility of cheap transport of millions of tons of goods.
Infrastructure investments - billions for roads and railways
The water barrage in Malczyce is not the only investment currently underway. We are also implementing road investments including:
- National Road Construction Programme: National Road Fund and EU funds - PLN 142 billion for 2014-2023.
- 100 Bypass Construction Programme: government budget - PLN 28 billion for 2020-2029.
- Local Government Road Fund: government budget - PLN 36 billion for 2019-2028.
- General Subsidy Fund - government budget.
We are also implementing railway investments including:
- National Railway Programme: government budget, regional operational programmes and EU funds - PLN 75 billion in 2014-2023.
- Railway Station Investment Programme: government budget, regional operational programmes and EU funds - PLN 1 billion.
- Rolling Stock Strategy: own funds of the PKP Intercity company, EU funds and other external sources - PLN 7 billion.
The completed investments include the second roadway of the express ring road of Szczuczyn (S61 Via Baltica). In the upcoming months, i.a. the following will be commissioned: A2 Warsaw-Mińsk Mazowiecki motorway and the entire S17 Warsaw-Lublin expressway.
New oncological hospital in Wroclaw
Prime Minister Morawiecki also took part in the ceremonial signing of a notarial deed concerning the free transfer of land to the Local Self-government of the Dolnośląskie Voivodship by the National Agricultural Support Center, which will be used for the purposes of building an oncological hospital in Wrocław .
This is a part of the National Oncological Strategy announced by President Andrzej Duda. The government has decided to allocate approx. PLN 300 million to implement this project in the upcoming several years. “It will be a state-of-the-art investment,” said the head of the government.
The new oncological hospital in Wrocław will be built using the area of 21.8 ha transferred to the Local Self-government of the Dolnośląskie Voivodship on Kosmonautów Street in Wrocław - Żerniki Zachodnie, at the junction with Trasa Stabłowicka. The estimated cost of building the hospital is PLN 700 million. Medical activities in the hospital will be conducted within units, i.e. areas specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of specific organs, e.g. breast cancer, urinary tract cancer, lung cancer, non-oncological pulmonology or hematology.
The modern hospital will be created as a result of a merger of 3 Wroclaw units: Lower Silesian Oncology Center (Dolnośląskie Centrum Onkologii), Lower Silesian Center for Cell Transplantation (Dolnośląskie Centrum Transplantacji komórkowych), Lower Silesian Center for Lung Diseases (Dolnośląskie Centrum Chorób Płuc)
The new oncological hospital together with the existing Marciniak Hospital will create an extremely functional and modern medical campus.
Investments - one of the Anti-Crisis Shield pillars
The Polish government made use of the positive influence of public investments on the economy when creating the Anti-Crisis Shield. Its main purpose is to provide employees with stable employment, and companies with development opportunities. However, this is not the only assumption. One of the pillars of the Anti-Crisis Shield is also the public investment programme. The intensification of investments in the era of coronavirus will increase the economic activity. When entrepreneurs limit investment funds during the crisis, it is the government’s responsibility to stimulate the increase in investment outlays.