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Poland: Catching-Up Regions



World Bank Group

Poland is a development success story. However, the country’s regions face wide-ranging challenges. Therefore, Poland has been selected to participate in the “Catching-Up Regions” project, initiated by the European Commission in 2016. These World Bank reports give an overview of the key results of this initiative in Poland.

This report provides an overview of the third phase of the Poland Catching-up Regions Initiative. It captures activities delivered over the period July 2018–June 2019 in collaboration with local, regional and national stakeholders, the European Commission, and the World Bank. 

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The World Bank, June 2019

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Supporting Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Lodzkie, Podlaskie, and Dolnoslaskie Regions

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The report summarizes the results of technical assistance provided through the World Bank to the three Polish regions on regional innovation and entrepreneurship support.

 

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Spatial Planning for the Włocławek Functional Urban Area

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Report focuses on spatial planning in Włocławek Functional Urban Area; presents a series of analyses that were conducted by the World Bank and provides recommendations on how to integrate the spatial planning process. 

 

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Financial Instruments Performance Evaluation and Proposals for the Utilization of Funds in Podlaskie Voivodeship

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This report was developed as a result of advisory services to the self-government authorities of the Podlaskie Region. The objective was twofold: evaluate the utilization of support funds allocated to the financial engineering instruments within the framework of the PV ROP 2007–2013; and, develop guidance on institutional model for managing the funds returned by the financial intermediaries.

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Rural Public Transport in Zachodniopomorskie

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The report focuses on immediate opportunities for tackling the transport challenges in rural areas of Zachodniopomorskie Voivodship.

 

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Addressing the Needs of People Over the Age of 65 in Grudziadz: A Model for Local Care Solutions

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The report provides recommendations on how to improve the service delivery model that facilitates the integration of care for the people over the age of 65 in Grudziądz.

 

 


www.worldbank.org/poland/regions

In 2016, the European Commission launched an initiative to identify constraints to growth in the less developed regions of the European Union, and to provide targeted assistance and action - aiming to unlock their growth potential. Poland and Romania were the first countries to pilot this initiative, with two regions selected in each – Świętokrzyskie and Podkarpackie in Poland, and North-West and North-East in Romania.

The European Commission and the World Bank share a long-standing partnership for development, ranging from the joint financing of infrastructure projects to the provision of technical assistance to European Union (EU) and non-EU countries. The European Commission considers the World Bank capable of bringing its technical and operational expertise, as well as its convening power and role as an honest broker, to address some of the constraints facing the lagging regions. It was assumed that by combining its operational expertise with its global knowledge, the World Bank would deliver strategic development outcomes and respond to key development challenges.

Results

Over a year of joint work, the World Bank provided hands-on technical assistance, helping coordinate five activities that were selected by the two Polish regions, in coordination with the European Commission, Poland’s Ministry of Economic Development, and the World Bank. The five selected activities were:

  • Vocational education and training, 
  • Innovations,
  • Activating entrepreneurship,
  • Easier business registration, 
  • Financial instruments.

An overview report summarizing the project and reports for individual activities are available in both English and Polish. 

www.worldbank.org/poland/regions

In 2016, the European Commission launched an initiative to identify constraints to growth in the less developed regions of the European Union, and to provide targeted assistance and action - aiming to unlock their growth potential. Poland and Romania were the first countries to pilot this initiative, with two regions selected in each – Świętokrzyskie and Podkarpackie in Poland, and North-West and North-East in Romania.

The European Commission and the World Bank share a long-standing partnership for development, ranging from the joint financing of infrastructure projects to the provision of technical assistance to European Union (EU) and non-EU countries. The European Commission considers the World Bank capable of bringing its technical and operational expertise, as well as its convening power and role as an honest broker, to address some of the constraints facing the lagging regions. It was assumed that by combining its operational expertise with its global knowledge, the World Bank would deliver strategic development outcomes and respond to key development challenges.

Results

Over a year of joint work, the World Bank provided hands-on technical assistance, helping coordinate five activities that were selected by the two Polish regions, in coordination with the European Commission, Poland’s Ministry of Economic Development, and the World Bank. The five selected activities were:

  • Vocational education and training, 
  • Innovations,
  • Activating entrepreneurship,
  • Easier business registration, 
  • Financial instruments.

An overview report summarizing the project and reports for individual activities are available in both English and Polish. 

www.worldbank.org/poland/regions

In 2016, the European Commission launched an initiative to identify constraints to growth in the less developed regions of the European Union, and to provide targeted assistance and action - aiming to unlock their growth potential. Poland and Romania were the first countries to pilot this initiative, with two regions selected in each – Świętokrzyskie and Podkarpackie in Poland, and North-West and North-East in Romania.

The European Commission and the World Bank share a long-standing partnership for development, ranging from the joint financing of infrastructure projects to the provision of technical assistance to European Union (EU) and non-EU countries. The European Commission considers the World Bank capable of bringing its technical and operational expertise, as well as its convening power and role as an honest broker, to address some of the constraints facing the lagging regions. It was assumed that by combining its operational expertise with its global knowledge, the World Bank would deliver strategic development outcomes and respond to key development challenges.

Results

Over a year of joint work, the World Bank provided hands-on technical assistance, helping coordinate five activities that were selected by the two Polish regions, in coordination with the European Commission, Poland’s Ministry of Economic Development, and the World Bank. The five selected activities were:

  • Vocational education and training, 
  • Innovations,
  • Activating entrepreneurship,
  • Easier business registration, 
  • Financial instruments.

An overview report summarizing the project and reports for individual activities are available in both English and Polish. 

www.worldbank.org/poland/regions