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Strong Selling Points
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Strong Selling Points
August 26, 2010   
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Mariusz Błędowski, director of the Euro-Park Mielec Special Economic Zone, talks to Magdalena Łasak about the project’s selling points.

What are the strengths of Euro-Park Mielec?
Euro-Park Mielec was the first special economic zone to be established in Poland. It is managed by the Industrial Development Agency (ARP) in Warsaw through the agency’s Mielec branch. We are marking the zone’s 15th anniversary this year.

When our zone was still at an experimental stage as the first such project in the country, we helped develop the rationale behind special economic zones in Poland and the related legislation. The ideas and efforts that marked the beginning of special economic zones in Poland emerged here. Our team includes people who have been here since the zone was launched. We have experience that allows us to avoid many mistakes.

For investors, we have a specific investment proposal and opportunities for working together. We issue construction permits within the shortest time allowed by Polish law. For several years now, the zone management has been operating as a developer, building production and office space for investors’ needs. We are completing our sixth project of this kind. The zone’s strengths include its employees and research facilities, especially those related to the aeronautical industry. The availability of qualified staff, both technical management personnel and workers, is a major part of what we offer.

In logistics terms as well, we are becoming more easily accessible and attractive to entrepreneurs. The international airport in Rzeszów is developing rapidly and ensures easy access to Podkarpacie province. Within the Mielec zone, we have an airfield that can handle business charter flights. A freeway is under construction nearby—that’s another huge asset.

Within the zone, there are opportunities for joint initiatives that help reduce costs, mainly in terms of logistics. One example is the wood-based panel factory in the zone and Black Red White’s large furniture factory several hundred meters away.
The distinctive feature of our zone is its concentration of the aeronautical industry, including very good backup facilities (factories, university-level schools, secondary schools, an airfield, personnel), supported by the development of IT companies.

In eastern Poland with its five provinces, Mielec county comes in second after Lublin in terms of sales in industry, which means our assets have attracted substantial interest from entrepreneurs. This is hard proof that we are attractive to investors.
What can the zone offer investors today?
We operate in southeastern Poland, a region that is still less well developed industrially than western Poland. This means it is less depleted, offering entrepreneurs many new opportunities.

The investment land we own, in more than 20 locations, is mostly well prepared for receiving investors. All the land has a regulated legal status. Most of the locations have valid zoning plans or else work on establishing or amending such plans is under way. All the sites are equipped with basic infrastructure; some are fully developed. There is a wide variety of locations, so we can adjust to investors’ needs. It’s also worth remembering that our region has the lowest labor costs in the country.

How do you plan to develop the zone?
These are mainly measures designed to draw investors to the locations we still have available, which account for about 30 percent of all the resources at our disposal. We want to take over new locations, but only those that are likely to be developed over the next few years.

Today the core area of the zone is Mielec with 605 hectares and about 20 locations outside Mielec with a total area of 470 hectares. These are mainly in Podkarpacie province, but also in Lublin and Małopolska provinces and now also in Western Pomerania—a new location in Szczecin.
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