Flirt Trains Revealed

Time to Flirt

Time to Flirt

PKP Intercity is testing one of 20 Flirt trains on a special track in Żmigród. The new trains have been manufactured in partnership between the Swiss company Stadler and Polish Newag. Furthermore, the manufacturers have ensured the public that the whole production process was undertaken in Poland. The cost of 20 Flirt trains will be PLN 1.6 billion. However, the manufacturers are obliged to service the trains for 15 years within this price. The purchase was possible thanks to EU funds with as much as 70% of the price covered by the European Union. The trains are equipped with 360 seats for passengers, two lifts for persons with disabilities as well as air conditioning and sockets for mobile devices. The trains will be able to accelerate to 160 km/h in accordance with regulations, but the technical maximum speed is 185 km/h. Training on how to operate the new trains will soon begin for drivers and instructors who will pass instructions to 250 employees of PKP IC. The Flirts will depart on 15 December 2015.
wyborcza.pl

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Polish-Japanese Cooperation

Door to Japan

Door to Japan

Japan is currently the third largest Asian trade partner for Poland with turnover reaching approximately €3bn. “I encourage Japanese entrepreneurs to increase the realisation of projects in Poland,” said Jerzy Pietrewicz of the Polish Ministry of Economy, during the opening of the Polish-Japanese Economic Forum. The meeting took place on 27 February 2015 in Tokyo and was a key part of Bronisław Komorowski’s programme of visits in Japan. Deputy Minister Pietrewicz pointed out that Poland is an attractive location for investment within Europe. “Japanese companies have noticed the opportunities that result from investing in our country. Nearly 300 enterprises with Japanese capital have been registered in Poland, and the cumulative value of Japanese investments in Poland has exceeded $1.5bn,” he said, “I believe that a better understanding of our investment possibilities as well as the strengths of the Polish economy will result in market growth.” he added. Deputy Minister Pietrewicz has also stressed that providing the best conditions for investment in strategic fields of the economy is among the top priorities of the Ministry of Economy. In trying to meet investor expectations we have created a number of tools supporting the development of investment in Poland. We have implemented, among others, new regulations that simplify and expedite the process of undertaking business in Poland,” he said. Special Economic Zones play an important part in supporting entrepreneurship as they offer beneficial tax breaks, or sites ready for construction,” he added. During his stay in Japan, Pietrewicz met with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe and representatives of Japanese business. He also took part in a Polish-Japanese meeting on clean coal technologies. The main aim of the meeting was to investigate the possiblities of implementing the results of a research project, conducted since 2013 by AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków and Tokyo University, concerning technologies for drying lignite.
mg.gov.pl

New Symphonic Investment

Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

For a few months now Poland has a new reason to be proud. The source of this newly arisen excitement is the new building of the National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice, a true architectural jewel in Poland’s crown even on an international scale. Though it was initially founded in 1935, this new investment cost PLN 265 million (€66 million) and has brought a fresh, astonishing design to the city. There are two entrance squares that surround the main building joined by a catwalk which heads to a fountain. The architects also developed an amphitheatre and a park with a marvellous labyrinth inside. Apart from the red-bricked façade, the most important and the most impressive part of NOSPR is, of course, the hall itself which contains 1,800 seats for guests and an additional 220 seats for the orchestra and choir. The shape of the hall resembles a vineyard and has all the qualities of the most famous orchestra halls in the world, including an exquisite acoustics and majestic décor.
forbes.pl

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Two Towers in Warsaw

Warsaw Skyline

Warsaw Skyline

The new development concept for Warsaw’s Zawisza Square includes a new railway station, shopping centre and two skyscrapers. Polish State Railways (PKP) announced the initial concept for the reconstruction of the station. The new design involves the creation of modern urban space for offices, commercial use and services, as well as, housing. The renovated building of the station will be connected to a multi-storey car park. Additional underground parking space will be available at nearby Kolejowa Street. PKP representatives are convinced that two high towers will become a characteristic element of Zawisza Square. They also add that recreational areas will be built on the roofs of these buildings. The estimated value of the project is approximately €700 million. The anticipated start date of investment are the years 2017-2018.
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Warsaw Underground Opening Soon

Warsaw Metro

Warsaw Metro

The supervisors of the construction of the second line of the Warsaw underground have decided that Warszawa Wileńska station is now ready to be used by passengers. It is the second station that has been given this status, the first was Rondo Daszyńskiego. However, there are still five more stations and six ventilating rooms to be tested. “It is possible that we will finish all tests by the end of February,” claims the provincial construction supervisor Jaromir Grabowski. In other words, all is in the hands of the construction supervisors: it is they who will decide when the grand opening of the second line will happen. As for now, all stations, ventilating rooms and underground tunnels have been tested by the fire service, sanitary authorities, and environmental protection delegates. Now the underground infrastructure is being tested by construction supervisors. They went underground last week and must check all documents and the surroundings of the Warsaw Metro.
wiadomosci.onet.pl

Gdańsk Trams a Passenger Magnet

Gdańsk Tram

Gdańsk Tram

New tram routes together with new trams have meant a growth in the number of passengers travelling by tram in Gdańsk. Between 2009 and 2013, the total number of people travelling by tram in Gdańsk increased by 13.6%, which was a rise from 147.8 million passengers to 168 million passengers a year, according to “Investing in Trams Attracts New Passengers”, an article published on the Transport Publiczny (Public Transport) website. At the end of 2007 a new tram route from the Gdańsk city centre to the Chełm district was opened, and in the spring of 2012 passengers were given another route, from Chełm to Łostowice. What is more, the old tram routes have been modernised. The city has also invested in new, lowered-floor, two-directional Swing trams. Also, Gdańsk imports used carriages from Germany (also capable of driving in two directions). Transport Publiczny points out that over an analogous period, the number of public transport passengers in neighbouring Gdynia has decreased by 10.2%, from 99.2 to 89 million passengers a year. According to the author of the article, Gdynia’s problems were the result of poor decision-making on where and how to expand the already-existing bus and trolley-bus routes which in many cases were covered by the routes of the local city railway link (SKM).
szczecin.gazeta.pl

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Choosing Poland

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Poland is an excellent place in which to invest and expand a business. International reports emphasise the economic and political stability of Poland, its educated and competent personnel and large internal market. During the global economic crisis, Poland strengthened its position not only in Central and Eastern Europe, but also on the whole continent. Foreign investors, appraising Poland as a safe shelter during the global economic turmoil, willingly invest capital in Poland. The Polish market caters to a population of 38 million making it one of the largest in the EU. The country’s convenient location at the heart of Europe where the main European transport routes cross, makes it possible for Poland to export merchandise across the continent allowing it to reach more than half a billion consumers. Poland’s main trade partners are Germany, Russia, China, France, Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, Ukraine  and Spain. Well-educated Polish economists, engineers, IT workers and scientists are greatly-valued and much sought-after employees. Every year, the number of students graduating from Polish universities is increasing, especially in IT, engineering and technology. Poland’s stable development constitutes a solid foundation of the Polish economy. Poland was the only European country not greatly affected by the global recession and furthermore has been developing at the fastest pace in the EU. Foreign businesses assess the investment conditions in Poland higher with every year. Stability and safety, guaranteed by membership in NATO and European Union, mean that Poland is a credible and respected partner for foreign investors. In the immediate future, the greatest challenge for the Polish economy will be meeting the criteria for adopting the Euro.
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