Achievements in Poland 2004-2009
Environment and sustainable development funding in Poland has aimed in particular to improve energy efficiency and energy savings in public buildings. Thermal insulation work, replacement of windows and doors, installation of thermastatic valves and replacement of inefficient oil-boilers have all contributed to annual savings of over 150 000 MWh and 70 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Not only does this contribute to a better environment, but it also better facilities tens of thousands of people spending their days in schools and hospitals that have been renovated.
One project involved a €750 000 upgrade of the Olsztynek regional children’s hospital, improving patient comfort and working conditions for staff. More than 300 Polish school and hospital buildings have been upgraded. In the Schengen and justice sector, Poland has benefited from considerable funding for strengthening the police and judiciary to combat organised and cross-border crime, and the Norwegian police have been partners in several projects. Security at 70 border crossings had to be improved to fulfill Schengen requirements, the largest of these being Terespol on the Belarus border.
Cultural heritage support has ensured renovation of several architectural landmarks in Krakow’s UNESCO-listed old town, including the 16th-century Sukiennice or Cloth Hall, the International Cultural Centre, and Jesuit churches. Renovation of the original basements in the UNESCO-listed old town of Warsaw was also undertaken. Here, as elsewhere, the aim was not only to renovate, but to open these spaces to the public, bringing in new life and stimulating cultural and economical activity. In total, 35 cultural heritage sites and 43 000 items were to be made available to the public, and 600 000 items digitised.
Within health and childcare, 5 000 medical staff received training, and capacity increased by over 110 000 patients per year. Around 150 playgrounds and sports facilities were established to promote a healthy lifestyle for children and adolescents, often combined with health monitoring and follow-ups. Considerable health and environmental researchwas conducted in Poland, often in cooperation with Norwegian research institutions. Approximately 16 pa tent applications, 61 PhDs and 760 publications were achieved. Moreover, around 1 000 Polish students, teachers and staff received support from the scholarship fund to study or work in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Support to civil societyin Poland has been substantial through three funds focusing on democracy and civil society, environmental protection and sustainable development, as well as equal opportunities and social integration. The Grant schemes have boosted cooperation between entities in Poland and the donor states.
A total of 98 projects include a donor-state partner, mainly Norwegian. In addition, there has been extensive cooperation under the funds.