The Pomorskie Voivodeship is a unique place, which is located in the northern part of Poland. It is one of the most attractive and best developing regions of the country. Due to its location near the Baltic Sea (the length of the costline is 316 km), Pomorskie offers excellent relax and entertainment. Its coastal location, at the crossroads of important international transport routes, fosters stronger economic, political and scientific relations. Besides having a diverse natural topography, Pomorskie is also a multicultural region. Remarkable historical and geographic circumstances have incouraged its people to be open-mined and hospitable, free and independent. That is why Pomorskie is an excellent example of how various communities can peacefully coexist while permeating each other and still retain their cultural identity. At the same time, thanks to the European Union funds and a large number of professionals educated at local universities, Pomorskie is becoming a place where investors increasingly allocating their capital. Pomorskie is a land friendly to everyone: its people, tourists and enterpreneurs. Pomorskie is our place on earth.
The Pomorskie Voivodeship development strategy 2020 (POMORSKIE 2020) is our "regional constitution" – a document which sets the main trends for Pomorskie's development until 2020. The Strategy is a set of "ground rules" – it describes the fundamental principles for development, indicates the main directions for change and defines the region's key development objectives.
POMORSKIE 2020 includes:
strategic choices (because we need to focus on solving the most essential issues and on tapping into our region's key potentials) and specific and realistic commitments (because the Strategy is the responsibility of the regional self-government in collaboration with large coalition of partners).
The strategy's details are provided by six regional strategic programmes:
• Pomeranian Port of Creativity;
• A Pomorskie Journey;
• Pomorskie's Active People;
• Health for the People of Pomorskie;
• Pomorskie – A Mobile Region;
• Eco-Efficient Pomorskie.
The programmes indicate, among others, the specific measures and projects to be implemented. It will make use of various sources of funding, including the EU-supported 2014-2020 Regional Operational Programme.
The objective of the Programme is to increase the competitiveness of the Pomorskie region, ensuring in parallel the improvement of living conditions of its inhabitants through the principles of sustainable development. It aims to undertake the development challenges facing the region in the economy, education, vocational and social activities, potential of individual territories, the transport system, energy and the environment.
Unique characteristics of the Programme include importance and wide use of a territorial approach, a unique negotiation formula of urban revitalization projects, a bottom-up process of defining regional smart specialisations based on proposals made in open competition by interested business and science communities.
The expected results of the Programme are among others:
• investment support for 3,700 enterprises;
• R&D activity support for 150 companies;
• improvement in energy efficiency of 460 buildings;
• 15 waste processing installations upgraded;
• 4,000 new places in crèches and 3,000 new places in kindergartens;
• 45,000 students of vocational schools participating in internships;
• support for more than 33,000 unemployed people in their search for a job;
Total Programme budget: 2,193,896,122.00 €
Total EU contribution: 1,864,811,698.00 €
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 1,340,249,168.00 €
European Social Fund (ESF): 524,562,530.00 €
Thematic priorities of the Programme:
• Research and innovation;
• Information and communication technologies;
• SMEs competitiveness;
• Low-carbon economy;
• Climate change and risk prevention;
• Environment and resource efficiency;
• Transport and energy networks;
• Employment and labour market;
• Social inclusion;
• Education and training.
POMORSKIE SMART SPECIALIZATIONS
In accordance with the European Commission guidelines, each region should have a smart specialization development strategy. Having such strategy is a condition for the mobilization of funds for research, development and innovation. The region should concentrate its efforts and resources on a selected and limited number of priorities (economic specializations) with significant innovation potential in which it has actual competencies and resources, and may achieve excellence and be competitive on a global scale.
In response to the need to satisfy the requirements specified by the European Union in relation to the selection of smart specializations, the Self-Government of the Pomorskie Voivodeship has undertaken to the organization of the process leading to their identification. The process began in 2011 with updating the Pomorskie Regional Development Strategy 2020. As a result, the smart specialization principle was included in the Strategy as one of the key principles for its implementation. In accordance with this principle, public intervention will concentrate on enabling and utilizing potentials relevant for the region and selected smart specializations. The smart specialization principle was then transposed into the provisions of the “Pomorskie Creativity Port” Regional Strategic Programme for Economic Development and the Regional Operational Programme for Pomorskie Voivodeship 2014-2020. In accordance with those provisions, development enterprises falling within the Smart Specialization areas of the Pomorskie Voivoideship (PSS) will be prioritized when granting financial support in relation to those areas during the programming period of 2014-2020.
Author: Paweł Rygalski
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Created: November 27, 2017
Updated: November 27, 2017