The municipalities of Baranów, Teresin and Wiskitki, where the construction of the Solidarity Transport Hub is planned, have agreed on the establishment of the Social Council. In March, we will be aware of all its members. The first meeting is planned within the next few weeks.
The Baranów Municipality Council adopted a resolution on cooperation with the municipalities of Wiskitki and Teresin yesterday in order to determine the rules and select the members of the Social Council for the Solidarity Transport Hub. On 28 February, a similar resolution was adopted by the Wiskitki municipality and on 4 March – by the Teresin municipality. The resolutions were adopted unanimously.
An appendix to the resolutions was the Rules of Procedure of the Social Council, the content of which was developed as part of the dialogue between the Plenipotentiary for the STH and the Management Board of the STH company and representatives of local governments and NGOs from the municipalities of Baranów, Teresin and Wiskitki.
The Social Council will advise Mikołaj Wild, the Government Plenipotentiary for the STH and the STH special purpose vehicle managed by Piotr Malepszak on matters relevant to local communities, including on how to acquire real properties for the construction of the Solidarity Airport. The Council will assist in holding the dialogue with local communities first at the stage of preparations and then also during the implementation of the investment.
Today's voting is a milestone in preparation for the STH-related investments. The establishment of the Social Council was and is a priority for me. I am grateful to the heads of municipalities for constructive participation in several months' talks and the councils of municipalities for the responsible decision. Now has come the time for the election to the Council, followed by its inaugural meeting, which may take place still inMarch.
The Social Council will act as an advisory and recommendation body during the preparation and implementation of the investment. It will also help, among others, to plan and conduct an information campaign for the residents of the municipalities of Baranów, Teresin and Wiskitki.
We do count on the vote of the Social Council, among others, in matters related to the acquisition of real properties. I am convinced that cooperation with the Council will enable us to plan the related activities in a responsible manner that takes into account the expectations of the residents. One of the important tasks of the Council will be to support the company at the stage of developing the corporate social responsibility programme whose beneficiaries will be residents of Baranów, Teresin and Wiskitki.
Members of the 15-person Social Council will select councils of the following municipalities from their composition: Baranów, Teresin and Wiskitki at the next meetings to be held in March. According to the rules of procedure, these will include representatives of farmers, non-agricultural residents, entrepreneurs, pensioners and local governments of these municipalities.
Rafał Garpiel, an expert with experience in the field of social dialogue with the participation of investors, local authorities, local communities and NGOs, will act as the coordinator of the Social Council and has been appointed by the Government Plenipotentiary for the STH and the management board of the special purpose vehicle. The coordinator will attend the meetings of the Council and is in charge of the exchange of information between the Council, the Government Plenipotentiary for the STH and the company. The Chairperson, who will be elected by the Council, shall prepare a list of matters to be discussed at each meeting of the Council, taking into account the proposals of the members of the Council and the coordinator.
As the government concept of the STH construction shows, the costs related to the implementation of the investment are estimated to be at the level of up to PLN 35 billion, including PLN 16-19 billion for the implementation of the airport part, PLN 8-9 billion for the railway part and PLN 7 billion for the road part.
According to the estimates of the Ministry of Infrastructure, the construction of the STH will result in creation of a total of almost 150 thousand jobs, including approx. 40 thousand in the direct vicinity of the transfer hub and approx. 110 thousand in the branches of the economy related to the investment. The construction of the hub will translate into a total increase in budget revenues in the amount of PLN 2.4 billion per year and PLN 4.7 billion on account of the increase in GDP.