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Poland to spend PLN 34bn a year on regional development after 2013


The government on 13 July approved the National Strategy of Regional Development 2010-2020, a key document that sets spending priorities for EU and governmental funds for regional development to be spent by Poland after 2013. The strategy estimates that the country will spend an average of PLN 34bn (approx. €8.4bn) a year on regional development from 2014 onwards, including PLN 24bn (€5.9bn) from EU funds.

The document signals a policy shift away from an emphasis on redistribution and short-term grants for “least privileged areas” towards long-term, decentralised regional development policies and utilisation and strengthening of local potential, and from dispersed to more concentrated and selective investments. However, it aims for a balance between two priorities: one is supporting the country’s 18 major cities (provincial capitals); the other is assistance for selected depressed areas.

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