On July 9, 2015, during the Plenary Session of the Committee of the Regions, the Małopolska Region was awarded the title of the European Entrepreneurial Region 2016.
The Małopolska Region is the first Polish region honored with this prestigious award. The award, from the President of the European Committee of Regions, Markku Markkuli, was received in Brussels by the Marshal of the Małopolska Region, Marek Sowa. In addition to the Małopolska Region, Glasgow and Lombardy were awarded.
In this way they, EU regions that stand out with outstanding and innovative business strategy are rewarded. Regions that provide the most reliable, future-oriented and promising action plans in a given year are awarded the title of European Entrepreneurial Region. Every year, top three regions are selected.
“Having been granted the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) award is a significant and great achievement. It also confirms that actions taken by regional self-government, various institutions and companies bring tangible results. The award ennobles us however also obliges to further efforts, as we are the first Polish Region that has been awarded the EER label” - Jacek Krupa, Marshal of the Małopolska Region
"ERP rewards regions with outstanding future-oriented strategies for the implementation of the Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe. Within the ERP, the importance of multilevel governance is emphasized: the central, regional and local levels must work together to create a favorable environment for entrepreneurs. The ERP initiative is within the context of the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth" - Markku Markkuli, the President of the European Committee of Regions
Financial Perspective 2014-2020 brings great opportunities, especially
The Regional Operational Programme
2014-2020 for the Małopolska Region
is the second largest allocation
of all of the regional operational programs