How to get hold of 1.6 billion Euros?

This has been communicated to over 30 entrepreneurs from Goleniów, who accepted the invitation to an information meeting on attracting EU funding from the Regional Operational Programme for the Westpomeranian Region in 2014-2020.

In the previous programming period of 2007-2013, companies from Goleniów implemented over 20 projects of total value around PLN 43 million co-funded from the Regional Operational Programme for the Westpomeranian Region, said Robert Krupowicz, the Mayor, while opening the meeting held in Goleniów and organized by the Marshal’s Office on 22nd September. The total EU funding exceeded PLN 17 million. The smallest project value was PLN 138 thousand whereas the largest one over PLN 10 million.

Marshal Olgierd Geblewicz explained general rules applicable to the distribution of the funding of PLN 6.7 billion negotiated for West Pomerania. A major part of that budget will be designated for companies based in the region. More detailed presentation was delivered by Piotr Maras, Director at ROP Implementation Department, Marshal’s Office. The current programming period brings more money than the previous one. Preferences are given to companies from sectors of regional specialisation, which in the Westpomeranian Region include bio-economy, maritime sector and logistics, metal and machine industry, services of the future and tourism and health. Goleniów is well represented in particular in the first one of them, namely bio-economy that includes agri-food, timber and furniture as well as packaging sectors.

Practical issues related to the implementation of projects funded from the ROP were presented by Piotr Serwach, partner at Serwach Sp. jawna. Serwach is a local manufacturer of packaging made of corrugated cardboard that has been operating since 1996. The company purchased three specialist machines which helped the company gaining more competitive position in the packaging sector. The total EU funding for the investment was EUR 350 thousand which helped channelling internal resources in the company to further investment.

The last point of the meeting was the presentation of services provided by the Investors’ and Exporters’ Assistance Centre. Jacek Wójcikowski and Małgorzata Saar from the Centre discussed free tools supporting export that are available for companies in the region. The two speakers encouraged to cooperation with positive opinions expressed by companies themselves.

The meeting attracted both small family-owned companies, as well as medium and large once operating in the Goleniów Industrial Park. Everyone present could discuss topics with speakers backstage, an opportunity which was eagerly used by attendees.