The Polish Green Recovery Tour, co-organised by the European Green Party and the Polish Greens, will be held in 16 cities in Poland.
Between 17 September and 11 November 2021, the Recovery campaign will visit every voivodeship in Poland with a street exhibition on key topics of the Green Recovery that relate to the European and national context. Public panels and side meetings will be organised in each city alongside the exhibition.
Each debate will feature a topic that is relevant or closely linked to post-Pandemic recovery in Europe and Poland and will host national and international speakers, including Members of the European and national parliamens, EGP committee members, mayors, academia, NGOs, activists and civil society. All tour events are open to the public.
The opening event will be held on 18 September in Warsaw, Poland. Join us!
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Warsaw, 18 September – Green Recovery
🇵🇱 Malgorzata Tracz (MP), Urszula Zielińska (MP), Dr Robert Rybski (UNI Warsaw, Representative of the Rector for Environment and Sustainable Development)
🇪🇺 Vula Tsetsi (online), Ernest Urtasun (online), Thomas Waitz (online)
We are in the midst of possibly the biggest global crisis. The European Union has made an important step by establishing a common Recovery Fund to help societies recover and make them more resilient to future crises. But how can we shape a truly green recovery that boosts a transition to a better world for future generations?
In this public panel we will first examine the EU’s response to the crisis and discuss whether it goes in the right direction. National governments were obliged to prepare their national recovery plans in line with environmental, social, and digital targets – but are the planned measures de facto green, inclusive and just?
In the second part we will take a closer look at the Polish national recovery plan and examine whether it provides citizens with the support they need and the measures that are best suitable for the country. We will discuss how the recovery should take care of the most vulnerable groups of society and their economic safety. Our guiding principle will be to question constant GDP growth as the only economic goal. It is a relic of the past and we now know it is not a good way of measuring progress.
Lublin, 20 September – Shared Recovery
🇵🇱 Urszula Zielinska (MP), Wladyslaw Frasyniuk (democratic opposition activist, ex political prisoner in communist Poland), Marcin Zadkiewicz (former Afganistan soldier)
🇪🇺 Jean Lambert (EGP Committee Member, online)
We're in a very difficult time when it comes to taking in migrants and refugees. The number of people in need is only going to increase and we're already struggling with just a few. During this panel we will discuss what steps we should take as EU to become a place that unites with the rest of the world, instead of turning our back on it, and take a closer look at the role of national governments in moments where migrants and refugees are reaching out for help.
Furthermore, we will look at the cost of human rights violations in Poland in general and how that can affect its ability to recover after the pandemic. In the past, many cities have not received EU funds because of their stance towards LGBT+ communities. But these are not the only costs we will have to bear. Poland already suffered a huge political cost when it decided not to help refugees. Now we have an opportunity for an inclusive and just recovery that leaves no one behind.
Rzeszów, 24 September – Forests
🇵🇱 Tomasz Anisko (MP), Adam Wajrak (Community Council for the creation of the Turnicki National Park)
🇪🇺 Thomas Waitz (online)
Forests are a powerful natural resource that have a positive effect on the climate and soil. Poland is one of the countries experiencing deforestation on a huge scale. Despite having one of the biggest forest coverages in Europe, we have one the smallest areas that are actually protected. This has prompted grassroots movements to fight together for protection of green areas, especially the fight for the establishment of the Turnicki National Park.
We need to remember that the Recovery needs to be a Green Recovery. Protecting the natural environment should be our first priority in all future investments. During this panel, we will discuss how to better protect forests through the measures available in the Recovery fund, taking a closer look at those in the Polish national plan.
Furthermore, we will explore how NGOs can influence the decision process when it comes to cutting down trees and creating new protected areas. It is also worth asking what distinguishes Poland from other Member States in these matters.
Kraków, 25 September – Urban Recovery
🇵🇱 Tomasz Anisko (MP), Radoslaw Gawlik (Partia Zieloni, NGO Eco Unia leader, ex MP)
🇪🇺 Oras Tynkkynen (EGP Committee Member, online)
Green urban planning leads to cleaner, safer, and more liveable cities. Sustainable public transport and walkable neighbourhoods mean less time spent on commute and easier access to services. More green spaces improve air quality.
Krakow has been struggling with the issue of air quality and it has put the lives of the residents at risk for too long. We can’t wait to provide solutions; we need to explore how the recovery funds can be used to combat air pollution. We cannot waste any more time or money on ideas that will not lead us towards cleaner air and a healthier society.
In this panel, we will explore how the Recovery fund can boost public transport transformation and examine good practices planned or implemented in other European cities. Furthermore, we will discuss how green urban investments can improve public transport in Poland and in Kraków towards a cleaner, more sustainable, and more efficient means of transport accessible to everyone.
Democracy has been increasingly under threat throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with authoritarian regimes growing bolder in their attacks against democracy, human rights and the freedom of speech.
As the COVID19 vaccination campaign picks up steam across Europe, and the continent begins to overcome the health crisis, new challenges lie ahead of us. How do we collectively build back better, fairer and greener?