Minister of Development Funds and Regional Policy Grzegorz Puda signed a funding agreement for the “Live, Reside and Work in Jelenia Góra” project forming part of the “Local Development” Programme.

This is a yet another city on the list of 29 winners of the aforesaid Programme to receive approximately PLN 15 million in assistance funding from the EEA and Norway Grants.

In terms of environmental protection, Jelenia Góra is planning to deliver works to supplement green areas in the city centre, draft a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Jelenia Góra Agglomeration, and engage in ecological education targeting local residents. Other key investments include cycling infrastructure advancements, and “Trail of the Cervus” development.

Works have also been planned to improve historical city centre accessibility for persons with impaired mobility, especially persons with disabilities, parents with young children and tourists with heavy luggage.

In public and social life terms, improving living comfort for local residents and enhancing their contributions to urban development will be unquestionable challenges. Construction works have been planned to revamp historical city centre pavements, including elimination of barriers affecting persons with disabilities. The EEA and Norway Grant-assisted project schedule includes the development of a socialising zone and local trade area on the former Flora
market site. A roofed outdoor stage is to be constructed on the Jelenia Góra Common (Błonia). Other tasks include training courses for senior citizens, and the drafting of an urban development strategy.

In terms of economy, the project shall base on the use of local residents’ potential to the benefit of Jelenia Góra’s economy through occupational counselling, and employment-centred fair and training events. In terms of institutional development, the beneficiary intends to improve the overall quality of Jelenia Góra Municipal Authority operations.

Once realised, the project shall result in improved living standards for Jelenia Góra residents, and an upgraded operational scheme for the city, making it an attractive residence and employment choice.

Funds assisting Polish urban development have been provided by the EEA and Norway Grants – a special-purpose pool of funding awarded by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to over a dozen Central and South European and Baltic States.

The Association of Polish Cities will assist the city in delivering scheduled tasks pursuant to the so-called predefined project.