The whole of Świętokrzyskie Province together with several counties of Mazowsze Province could together form the Staropolskie Province. A group of councillors put forward the idea during the latest meeting of Radom county council. Could Śląsk (Silesia) have a new neighbour in the province of Staropolskie? Such was the proposal from a group of Radom councillors. If the whole concept finds a successful conclusion, Silesia will border the new province at two counties: Włoszczowa and Jędrzejów, which currently belong to Świętokrzyskie Province. The Radom councillors admit that the reason behind the call to detach the Radom sub-region from Mazowsze Province is the unfavourable division of EU funds in this administrative area. In their opinion, the majority of EU funds for Mazowsze is syphoned off to Warsaw, therefore, it would be more beneficial for Radom to join Świętokrzyskie. Radom was a provincial capital between 1975 and 1999. Before Edward Gierek’s reform of 1975, the city was a part of Kielce Province. In 1998, during the discussion on the number of new provinces, one of the ideas was to create a joint province containing Częstochowa, Kielce and Radom which would be named Staropolskie. The idea was then abandoned and Częstochowa became part of Silesia.
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