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REGION OF THE WEEK: KUJAWSKO–POMORSKIE

Kujawsko-Pomorskie

01/09/2011

Kujawsko–Pomorskie is situated in mid-northern Poland, and is a region renowned for the beauty of its nature and gothic architecture of its cities. Its two chief cities, serving as the province's joint capitals, are Bydgoszcz and Toruń, the latter included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Kujawsko–Pomorskie has a good and diversified transport system: railway, airports, international and national roads. Indeed it is a major node point in the national transportation system. Railway lines from South and East Poland pass through Bydgoszcz en route to the major ports on the Baltic Sea.

The region has a population of 2.07 million, and a GDP per inhabitant standing at 49% of the EU-27 average in 2008.

What are the region’s priorities?

European Regional Development Funds in Kujawsko-Pomorskie focus on key areas such as:

  • Improving the attractiveness of the region to investors and tourists alike;

  • Increasing the competitiveness of the region's economy;

  • Advancing the standard and quality of living of inhabitants.

In terms of business support, special conditions for enterprises have been created in the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and in the technological-industrial parks around the major cities. The result of this strategy is to attract foreign investment in the region. More than 192 thousand entities, with 1,697 with foreign capital are active in Kujawsko-Pomorskie. The region has managed to attract investment from many Japanese companies, such as Orion, Sharp, Sumitomo Chemicals etc.

How does EU regional policy contribute?

The European Commission approved on 10 October 2007 a regional development programme for the Kujawsko-Pomorskie for 2007-2013, involving Community support for the region within the framework of the "Convergence" objective. The total budget of the programme is €1.11 billion while the Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund amounts to €951 million (approximately 1.4 % of the total EU funds invested in Poland under Cohesion policy 2007-2013). The programme's strategic goal is to increase the competitiveness of the region and the social, economic and spatial coherence of its area, respecting the rules of sustainable development.

Examples of projects

  • Torun Technology Park (TTP)
    The idea for this Centre was conceived in the Regional Innovation Strategy and included promotion of pro-innovation ideas and supporting technological innovations in order to constantly increase competitiveness of the kujawsko-pomorskie region.
    Recently the Centre for Technology Transfer (CTT) has been set up in Torun and it constitutes the main element of the Technology Park.
    (EU Contribution - € 1,250,000)

  • Broadband Communication Network of Kujawsko–Pomorskie region (K-PSI)
    K-PSI was founded as a joint project of the Kujawsko–Pomorskie region, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun and the University of Technology and Agriculture in Bydgoszcz. The main priority of K-PSI defined by its founders is to build modern, broadband infrastructure in the region, which is crucial for development, boosting economic attractiveness and improving competitiveness.
    (EU Contribution - €11million, 2005 - June 2008)

  • Astro-Base – astronomical observatories in  Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship
    Astro-Base is a huge network of fully automatic astronomical observatories, designed to arouse students' interest in learning about mathematics, physics, chemistry and natural science fields in an innovative and interactive environment. The Astro-Base initiative in Gniewkowo was the first of its kind in Poland and in Europe as a whole.
    The main piece of equipment in the Astro-Base is an automated telescope, Meade LX 200 14". The observatory dome with a diameter of 4m, also fully automated, follows the telescope and can be remotely opened and closed.
    The Astro-base, along with its specialised equipment, has been developed with the support of the Regional Operational Programme of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodship. The project was launched in June 2011. (EU contribution - € 682 753.81)

Further information

Kujawsko- Pomorskie Region in Brussels

Each year Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region organises a classical music concert in Brussels, as the heart of the European Union.  This year's concert of the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the Japanese maestro, Mitsuyoshi Oikawa, will host Paweł Wakarecy, an extremely gifted young artist, who in 2010 was awarded a distinction in the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. The concert will take place on 12th of October at the Theatre Saint Michel, and will be followed by a reception, where the famous delicacy of Kujawsko-Pomorskie, the goose meat dishes, will be on offer.

To register for this event please contact Ms Beata Skowronska, at the Representative of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Office in Brussels: b.skowronska@kujawsko-pomorskie.pl