Prime Minister: Silesia has a huge potential which must not be squandered
The head of the government took part in the meeting of the Executive Council for the Programme for Silesia summarizing 2 years of the programme’s implementation. “Silesia is a gem that we must use to its full potential. That is why we have developed a programme especially dedicated to this region, which was unveiled in December 2017,” said the Prime Minister.
Programme for Silesia is a strategic project in the Responsible Development Strategy. The goal behind this undertaking is to change the region’s economic profile and gradually introduce new initiatives to replace traditional economic sectors. “We have PLN 58 billion in funding to allocate towards road, railway and energy infrastructures, improvement of air quality, research and development,” noted the Prime Minister. This is the first programme in regional politics, which simultaneously functions as a coordinating tool between national and European sources of financing spread across multiple programmes and institutions.
We have committed hundreds of millions of PLN to training programmes for people in order to raise their qualifications and competences, so that the people of Silesia can improve their earnings,” emphasized the Prime Minister. Currently the programme covers 116 ongoing and planned undertakings whose total value amounts to PLN 62 billion. The value of the measures already undertaken presently totals about PLN 48 billion and continues to increase. “We are signing contracts for the development of infrastructure in the Śląskie Voivodeship. We have approved new projects for PLN 5 billion, which will contribute to improving the environment and attract new entrepreneurs,” continued Mateusz Morawiecki.
“Within the Programme, we have allocated more than a billion PLN towards the programme for the universities of the Śląskie Voivodeship”, emphasized the Prime Minister. He also touched on the Gepard II programme, which makes it possible to replace the bus rolling stock with electric vehicles, and encouraged the representatives of local governments to join it.