Commissioner Bieńkowska in Poland to discuss innovation and regional development
Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs continues her series of Citizens' Dialogues. Today she is in Tarnów, Poland, to discuss innovation, regional development and EU regional policy. Together with Mr Roman Ciepiela, Mayor of Tarnów and Mr Marek Sowa, former Marshal of Lesser Poland she will debate the regional experience in light of 15 years of Poland's membership in the EU and perspectives for the future. Since Poland's accession to the EU the city of Tarnów has benefited from €3,7 billion of financing under the Juncker Plan set to trigger €18,3 billion in additional investments,over 300 projects co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and 9 Cohesion Fund projects reaching a total of €541 million (see factsheet on EU support to Poland since 2004). The Juncker Commission has been working on strengthening the innovation potential and regional development across the EU. In 2016, it launched the Smart Specialisation Platform for industrial modernisation, with an objective to facilitate interregional cooperation while enhancing innovation and competitiveness. As part of the proposals for the next EU budget for the years 2021-2027 the Commission also proposed €100 billion for research and innovation and another €373 billion for the future Regional Development and Cohesion Policy.