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Why Pick Lublin Province?
January 28, 2015   
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Dear Readers,
It is with pleasure and without false modesty that I can say Lublin province has become one of Poland’s fastest developing regions in recent years. Of course, a lot of work still needs to be done, but we can already be proud of having created a business-friendly environment, and of the high research and development potential of higher education institutions active in our province. We also boast an agriculture sector that specializes in the production of healthy food.

Thanks to the use of European funds, we have managed to carry out a number of investment projects that have helped strengthen the competitive position of Lublin province. In a joint effort we are building a region that will be associated with modern technology, innovation and business based on smart specializations.

The Lublin region sets an example not only of how to take wise and brave decisions, but also of how to skillfully take advantage of opportunities. We put our plans into practice and turn dreams into specific goals. We are proud of what we have achieved and aim to continue to follow a path of dynamic development.

I encourage everyone to not only visit our beautiful region, but also invest here to our mutual satisfaction.

Sławomir Sosnowski
Lublin Province Chairman

Why Pick Lublin Province?

Located in central-eastern Poland, the Lublin region is a gateway to Eastern Europe and Asia. It is also where the European Union borders the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The airport in Lublin is one of the most modern in Poland.

The region can be accessed via major pan-European east-west and north-south transit routes, including the A2 freeway, the S17 and S12 expressways, the Paris-Moscow E20 rail line, and the Gdynia-Odessa E7 route.

A bridge over the Vistula River in the town of Kamień is an unprecedented project by Polish standards that will connect Lublin province with the central Mazovia region, cutting travel times for drivers heading to the Polish capital, Warsaw, as well as to the cities of Kielce, Radom and ŁódĽ.

The Lublin region offers a well-developed infrastructure at four border crossings with Ukraine and three crossings with Belarus.

The region is home to Poland’s most modern customs clearance terminal (for phytosanitary and veterinary checks) at Koroszczyn. It also hosts the Małaszewicze Dry Port, a terminal that enables reloading of all kinds of cargo transported by rail.

A well-developed wide-gauge rail system facilitates transport of goods to countries across Poland’s eastern border.

Lublin province has a population of 2,171,857. Most of the residents are young: 63 percent of the region’s population is of working age, and 19 percent is pre-working age.

Residents are well educated and extremely ambitious. More than 20 percent of them have a university degree.

The total number of students in the region is more than 91,000, and universities in the city of Lublin, the provincial capital, produce nearly 30,000 graduates a year.

Almost one in four people living in the city of Lublin is a student.

R&D potential

The city of Lublin is a strong academic center, the largest in eastern Poland. Lublin province is home to a total of 19 universities, among them the Lublin University of Technology, the Medical University of Lublin, the Lublin University of Life Sciences, the Catholic University of Lublin, and Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, in addition to a large number of private colleges.

The region is also home to the Lublin Science and Technology Park and the Puławy Science and Technology Park, both of which aim to integrate and strengthen the scientific and R&D potential of Lublin province.

Specialized research centers and institutes include the Lublin Center for Innovation and Advanced Technology; the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Bohdan Dobrzański Institute of Agrophysics in Lublin; the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Puławy; the Puławy Apiculture Division of the Research Institute of Pomology and Floriculture; the Biological Threats Identification and Countermeasures Center of the Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Puławy; and the National Veterinary Research Institute in Puławy.

A strong economy

The Lublin region has a well-developed food industry resulting from the fact that a predominant part of the province is geared toward agriculture. The region is highly specialized in the cultivation of industrial crops as well as fruit and vegetables. The province boasts favorable climate and soil conditions that are conducive to the development of organic farming.

There are also favorable climatic conditions in the region for the production of heat and power from biomass as well as solar power, hydroelectric and wind power.

The region’s attractive geographical location and its proximity to transcontinental routes make it a natural choice for new logistics centers.

Lublin province is a perfect place for the development of service centers, as well as for research, due to a large supply of skilled staff and relatively low labor costs.

Engineering has a long tradition in the region, mainly in the city of Lublin, but also in the towns of ¦widnik, Janów Lubelski and Kra¶nik.

The region is home to 11 subzones of Special Economic Zones that offer preferential conditions for investors and those doing business and planning to expand their business operations.

There are also industrial parks designed to ensure a development-friendly environment for innovative companies and to facilitate access to state-of-the-art technology for entrepreneurs.

The Lublin Investor Service Center is the first contact point for those interested in investing in Lublin province. The main tasks of the Investor Service Center are to compile and keep up-to-date databases of investment opportunities in the region, in addition to the promotion of investment opportunities offered by the province and active participation in the process of providing services to both domestic and foreign investors. The office also monitors the status of investment projects in the region. The Lublin Investor Service Center, in association with the trade and investment promotion departments operating out of Polish embassies abroad and responsible to the Polish Ministry of the Economy, makes it easier for entrepreneurs to establish contacts with potential business partners abroad, participate in foreign missions, and obtain essential information and gain a comprehensive insight into the markets they are interested in.

We encourage all interested parties to contact us:
Lublin Province Chairman’s Office
Department of Business and Innovation Trade and Investment Promotion Division
3 Stefczyka St.
20-151 Lublin
Marta Smulkowska, Division Manager,
tel. +48 81 537 16 11,
email: marta.smulkowska@lubelskie.pl
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