For the fourth time, Kielce held the Eastern Poland Macro Region Forum – the region where due to PAIiIZ support €1.415 billion has been invested during last ten years. The list of special guests of the event included former European commissioner for Enterprise and Industry Günter Verheugen and former Polish prime minister and president of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek.
While opening the Forum, PAIiIZ deputy president Bożena Czaja summarised the Eastern Poland Economic Promotion Programme 2009-2014. During the past decade – she said – PAIiIZ supported 484 investment projects. 45 of them were located in five provinces of Eastern Poland. The total value of these projects reached €1.415 billion and the number of new jobs created due to them was 8055. Until recently 320 companies took part in the programme and benefited form it by the significance increase of exports. Moreover, 200 of them declare the will to further increase of employment.
The first day of the Forum was divided to three panel discussions. During the first one, new EU perspective for 2014-2020 was discussed. The second panel was dedicated to industries: the food, machine - metal and real estate sectors. Participation in the Economic Promotion of Eastern Poland Programme allowed regions to the development of clusters – including the Aviation Valley in Subcarpathian region and lingerie sector in Podlaskie. From July 1 2014, new rules of public aid in SEZs will be introduced. There is no doubt that SEZs form the Eastern Poland will remain the most attractive zones in the programme. They will offer the biggest support reaching even 50% of the value of investment. The support will be provided in income tax exemptions until 2026.
During the third panel discussion, former EU Commissioner Günter Verheugen, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Economy Andrzej Dycha and PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman summed up 10 years of Poland in the European Union. As Mr Majman argued, the decade of the presence in the EU has helped Poland to build a modern society, influenced the civilization progress and has contributed to the amazing technological improvement. – “Western investors start to notice that Poland offers a very valuable product called >>the stability <<. “Poland is the star growth” – added Andrzej Dycha.
Participants of the meeting had the opportunity to listen to case studies prepared by entrepreneurs from Asia, who presented potential of cooperation of such countries as Saudi Arabia.
The first day of the Forum was summed up by former prime and former president of European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek.
4 th Forum of Eastern Poland gathered 250 participants. The event is co-financed by the European Union.