Gov't wants Silesia to be industrial heart of Poland - PM

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The Polish government wants the southern province of Silesia to be the industrial heart of the country, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Katowice, the capital of Silesia, on Tuesday.

After a Tuesday sitting of the Executive Council for the Programme for Silesia, the PM said the plan was the best possible way to respond to the challenges of the 21st century's third decade, and that it would bring out everything that was valuable, both in terms of industrial opportunities and also in science and research.

"We dealt with this today and prepared further projects which we will talk about in the coming few weeks," Morawiecki said. "And they are extremely weighty projects of huge importance for the economic development of the whole of Silesia."

The PM added that all the Programme for Silesia's projects were aimed at protecting jobs or creating new ones, as well as "such a transformation that will draw people here."

"And those who have left Silesia will come back, so that the industrial heart of the whole Polish economy will beat here," he said. "That is our obligation, the obligation of the Programme for Silesia."

Morawiecki went on to state that over PLN 60 billion (EUR 13.65 billion) was earmarked for Silesia, of which PLN 23 billion (EUR 5.23 billion) had already been spent or contracted.

"But we're modifying the programme all the time, we're developing it, and with certainty I can assure all the residents of the province: it is, and will be even more so, the biggest regional programme that has ever been proposed to the residents, workers, entrepreneurs, industrial plants of any European region, in order to respond in the best way possible to the challenges of the third decade of the 21st century," he said.

Tuesday's sitting was the Programme for Silesia's fifth. It was established in 2017 by the government as part of the Strategy for Responsible Development with the aim of accelerating the economic transformation of the region, investing in human capital and improving air quality. The estimated value of planned and realised undertakings within the programme totals PLN 62 billion (EUR 14.1 billion).