Poland's cities to get EU subsidies for 190 electric buses

Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak and Andrzej Adamczyk during the press conference. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Polish cities will receive subsidies for the purchase of a further one hundred and ninety electric buses, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak told a press conference on Thursday.

"The authorities of the cities attach more and more attention to the improvement of quality of life of residents. Ecological and friendly public transport is slowly becoming the standard. Another 190 new electric buses will appear in Polish cities thanks to European Union funding," Jarosińska-Jedynak said.

According to the ministry, the total value of projects funded within the competition is over PLN 668 mln (EUR 156.2 mln), including EU funding of PLN 460 mln (EUR 107.6 mln) as part of the EU's Infrastructure and Environment programme (POIiS).

Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk, who also attended the conference, said the Polish government is seeking ways to reduce emissions from transport, and to support local governments.

The projects selected in the competition will be complementary to non-competition investments which have already been implemented, for which the total value of co-financing contracts exceeded PLN 1.3 billion (EUR 303.9 mln) and EU funding stood at PLN 711 mln (EUR 166.3 mln).

The first electric buses have already been provided to Zielona Góra, western Poland, and Katowice, southern Poland and contracts have been signed with Warsaw and Tychy, southern Poland, for buses to arrive in mid-2020.

In total, thanks to the POIiS programme, over 400 electric buses will be received by 18 Polish cities.