Promotion of self-governance and environmental funds

A conference organized by the Union of Polish Local Governments as part of the “Promotion of the Idea of Self-Government in Poland” project took place in Rzepiennik Strzyżewski on December 12. The conference discussed issues relating to the new EU financial perspective for local governments, the financing of environmental projects, as well as system and legal changes in waste management.

New funding

The event brought together representatives of local governments, the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Krakow and the Marshal’s Office of the Malopolska Region. Participants representing various institutions had the opportunity to discuss important issues related to the financing of environmental protection projects. This area is very important for local government activities. Indeed, the conference was addressed to representatives of local authorities and hosted, among others, mayors, village heads, councilors, as well as members of non-governmental organizations.

Representing the Environmental Department of the Marshal’s Office of the Małopolska Region, Katarzyna Stadnik, Head of the Air Protection Team, presented in detail the current calls for projects implemented under the European Funds for Małopolska for 2021-2027 for Measure 2.5 “Implementation of the Air Protection Program.”

The first focuses on providing equipment equipment for municipal/inter-municipal guards to carry out environmental compliance monitoring. This is an important task, supporting effective monitoring of environmental regulations at the local level.

The second project focuses on the functioning of eco-managers in municipalities. During the meeting, the importance of the work performed by these specialists promoting pro-ecological attitudes was emphasized. It is eco-mangers who provide professional assistance to residents in matters related to environmental protection, e.g. by supporting them in replacing boilers.

The idea of self-governance

During the meeting, attention was drawn to the importance of local government participation in projects implemented under the European Funds, especially those related to environmental protection. Thanks to these initiatives, municipalities can more effectively monitor compliance with environmental regulations. Moreover, they can also be even more active themselves in improving air quality.

The conference in Rzepiennik Strzyżewski provided an excellent opportunity for representatives of local governments to gain knowledge of available financial resources. It also allowed them to learn about the experience of other regions in implementing environmental protection projects.