Left-wing party SLD promotes Poland’s division into more administrative districts
January 15, 2014
Poland should return to the pre-1999 administrative division into 49 provinces due to the need for a equitable development of the country and limiting disproportions between regions, leader of the left-wing opposition party Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) Leszek Miller said in Koszalin in northern Poland on Tuesday.
The party is pressing its call for a return to 49 administrative districts and promoting the local effects that the move would bring to those cities.
SLD politicians will visit this week 33 cities which used to be regional capitals to ask their citizens about consequences of the 1999 reform which divided Poland into 16 large regions.
The citizens will be asked about changes on the labor market, regarding access to doctors, quality of railway transport or access to cultural events.
SLD is building its own new formula for EU funding to overcome the current government's criticism that a return to 49 administrative districts would impede EU funding.
Meanwhile, a survey by researcher IBRiS Homo Homini shows that
a majority of Poles, 55%, oppose the idea of bringing back the pre-1999 administrative division of Poland while 31% of Poles would support such a solution.