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Congress of Regions—Where Local Government Officials Meet
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Congress of Regions—Where Local Government Officials Meet
April 30, 2010   
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The Congress of Regions May 19-22 organized by the Axel Springer Polska publishing house and the ¦widnica city authorities will focus on three key issues: local government authorities, investment and development.

Along with local government officials, the congress will be attended by public administration officials, EU officials, entrepreneurs and investors. The special guest of the event will be Mercedes Bresso, the president of the Committee of the Regions.
The congress will comprise four plenary sessions and over 80 panel discussions and workshops, including:
• Prospects for the Local Government System in Poland;
• The Future of the Health Sector in Poland and the Role Local Government Will Play in It;
• The Need to Build a New System of Vocational Education as a Challenge for Poland’s Development;
• Revenues of Local Government Authorities. Is Classification of Communities, Counties and Provinces Needed?
• Metropolitan Areas in Poland and the Need for Legal Regulations;
• The Importance of Local Government Prevention Programs to Polish Health Policy;
• Regional and Local Development. The Prospects for Sustainable Development in Marginalized Areas;
• The Committee of the Regions as Representative of Regional and Local Government in the EU;
• The Role of Local Media—Are they Spiteful Censors or Facilitators of Local Government? A debate with local media;
• Local Communities and Redevelopment Projects—Conflicts or Cooperation? “The Congruent City” in an Atmosphere of Protests;
• Local Government Finances—Do Local Communities Stand in Lines for Their Own Funds?
• Advertising—A Permanent Blot on the Cityscape or a Chance for Civilized Development?
• Art Is Born in the Shadow of Art. Architects and Artists Shape Public Space. Examples of Well-Arranged Public Space.
• Can Small Cities Survive? Plus other questions of demographics;
• Poor Quality of Education in Schools Run by Local Government—Reality or Stereotype?
The organizers hope the congress will present local government officials with plenty of opportunities to talk to businesspeople, local government authorities, non-governmental organizations and ministries and government agencies.
The organizers will announce four local government league tables:
1. Of city mayors, compiled by Newsweek magazine;
2. Of communities and counties, compiled by the Association of Polish Counties;
3. Of the most business-friendly cities, compiled by the Forbes magazine;
4. A renewable energy league table compiled by the Association of Polish Counties.
Honorary patrons: Association of Polish Counties, Association of Polish Cities, Lower Silesia Province Marshal’s Office, Union of Polish Towns, Federation of Regional Associations of Polish Communities and Counties
Partner institutions: Foundation for Local Democracy Development, Special Economic Zones, Competition and Consumer Protection Office, Polish Investment and Foreign Information Agency, Ministry of Education and Ministry of the Economy
Media partners: Onet.pl, Radio Wroc³aw, The Warsaw Voice, Gazeta Wroc³awska, Regioportal.pl, Katalogisamorzadowe.pl
For further information, which is also available in English, go to www.kongresregionow.pl
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