Over EUR 100m from Norwegian Fund for small, medium-sized cities

Small and medium-sized cities in Poland will receive EU 116.6 million in development funds from the Norwegian Grants and the Polish state budget, the investment and development ministry announced on Thursday.

The “Local Development” programme (in Polish: Rozwój Lokalny) will cover 255 small and medium towns and cities facing serious socio-economic challenges.

A Thursday conference inaugurating the programme was opened by Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwieciński.

The event was also attended by representatives of Polish local self-governments and the Norwegian foreign ministry.

the Norwegian Association of Regional and Local Authorities, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Association of Polish Cities.

“The Local Development programme is addressed to small and medium-sized cities, selected by the Polish Academy of Sciences as centres with the most difficult socio-economic situation in the country. It is to help these cities to deal with most important challenges, such as implementing accessibility standards or supporting entrepreneurship and the local economy,” said Minister Kwieciński.

The Norwegian and EEA Grants will seek to tackle environmental, social and economic issues. Of the EUR 116.6 mln, 15 percent, or EUR 17.5 mln, will come from the Polish state budget.

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants are the financial contributions of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein towards the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to strengthen bilateral relations with 16 EU and EEA Member States in Northern, Central and Southern Europe.