Our Association was established in 29.04.1992 and currently includes 75 Rural Municipalities and Town Municipalities in the Pomeranian Province.
We affiliate over 65% of the rural municipalities and 1/3 of the town municipalities in our region.
In the year 2014 the number of inhabitants in municipalities belonging to our association exceeded 664 thousand.
Our main objectives include:
- representation and protection of the interests of the rural and town municipalities.
- integration of Pomeranian Province rural municipalities.
- providing information on the opportunities and dangers involved in becoming a European Union member state.
- initiating and supporting projects and activities leading to the development and restructuring of rural areas.
The ZGP is managed by a 9 person Board of Directors.
President Mr Błażej Konkol – Mayor of the Trąbki Wielkie Municipality
Vice Presidents: Mr Leszek Kuliński – Mayor of the Kobylnica Municipality and Mr Andrzej Pollak – Mayor of the Nowa Karczma Municipality.
ZGP activities are co-ordinated by the Office of the Board of Directors which is managed by Mrs Aleksandra Wiśniewska
Office of the Board of Directors:
Związek Gmin Pomorskich
ul. Okopowa 21/27 lok. 389
tel/fax: 58 344 75 31
The Pomeranian Province:
The Województwo Pomorskie (Pomeranian Province) is 18 tsd. km2 in area, i.e. over 6% of the territory of Poland. Gdańsk, the capital of the region, is well known world-wide because of the Solidarity movement in 1980 under the leadershipof Lech Wałęsa.
The movement gave rise to democratic changes in Poland and other Eastern European countries.Shipbuilding, refinery, food, machine and furniture industries as well as transportation and harbour services are the Provinces economic strong points and hold the greatest potential for development.
Activation of the service sector and support of the development of small and medium business is seen as a chance for dynamic development in the Province.
The Pomorskie Province ranks fourth in the country in regards to the number of private businesses per 1000 inhabitants.
Renowned Western European and US companies have invested in the region. The largest investor in the region is American International Paper group, with 320 mln dollars invested in Poland. Other investors include: Coca Cola, Fazer, Auchan, Geant, Nestle, Pepsi Co., Rubbermind, General Electric Capital Corporation, Scania Truck and Buses, Federal Mogul Corporation, Helvetia Partia Group, Alte Leipziger Europa AG, Farm Frites BV, Malma, Metro AG, Philips, Gaspol, Baltic Malt, Dr Oetker. Renowned banks and insurance companies are also present in the region (e.g. Deutsche Bank, Nationale Nederlanden). There are also many other smaller companies with participation of foreign capital.
In rural areas, companies with participation of foreign capital have acquired many hectares of land, stimulating the food processing industry. The State Treasury’s of State Agency for Agricultural Property [Agencja Własności Rolnej Skarbu Państwa] has also leased land to foreigners which is especially attractive for tourism and leisure, creating good conditions for development of the tourist infrastructure.
The major challenge for the provincial authorities is to create a base for the development of advanced technology branches. A significant number of universities, such as the hundred year old Technical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk University and Merchant Marine Academy in Gdynia constitute a base for such industries.
The surrounding landscape presents some of the Province’s greatest advantage. With its many nature reserves, it is a very attractive area for the development of tourism.
Agrotourism is becoming more and more popular. This helps to stimulate some of the more rural areas. In the Northern part of the region, there are several dozen seaside resorts with favourable conditions for water sports on the Baltic Sea, especially on the Puck Bay and the Vistula Lagoon. In winter the lagoon is frequented by ice boating enthusiasts. The many lakes of the Cashubian District offer ideal conditions for yachting holidays. The diverse landscape and plentiful forests make this area extremely attractive.
Thanks to environmental projects the beaches and waters of the Gdańsk Bay have become cleaner and more attractive for holidaymakers. There are two national parks in the region The Słowinski National Park [Słowiński Park Narodowy] where the sand dunes are the greatest attraction, and the Bory Tucholskie National Park, part of the largest forest complex in Poland.
The Pomeranian region also abounds in national heritage monuments. Gdańsk Old Town was listed as UNESCO national heritage buildings. For centuries Pomerania attracted many foreigners from all over the world. The many buildings they left behind form a great heritage today. The Teutonic Order, the order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem and the Templar Knights built many fortresses, such as Malbork, which is, the largest medieval fortress in Europe, and was the capital of the Teutonic Order state. Żuławy in the Vistula river valley abounds in Dutch heritage monuments.
Thanks to its location the region may easily participate in international co-operation and trade.
Once Poland becomes a member of the European Union new development opportunities open up for the Pomorskie Province.
The government authorities at the Provincial level are represented by the Wojewoda (President).
The Pomeranian Association of Rural Municipalities
Legal status: Association
Registered in the Associations Register of the Regional Court of Gdańsk under No. 806
Regon 190598990 (Statistical Identification number)
NIP 583-26-69-012 (Tax Identification number)
Aleksandra Wiśniewska – Biuro Zarządu ZGP [Office of the Board of Directors]
ul. Okopowa 21/27 lok. 389
tel/fax: 58 344 75 31