We would like to wish all our friends, co-workers and partners warm and peaceful Easter. Let this festive period be a time of joy and respite, and the spring will bring serenity and optimism. Above all, we wish you health, prosperity and mutual kindness to overcome all difficulties.

The Team of Regional Development Observatory of Małopolska Region

Purchase of equipment for hospitals and money for entrepreneurs – The Management Board of the Małopolska Region has decided to allocate 325 million złoty from the regional operational program to combat the effects of the epidemic in the region.

Coronavirus attacks health and the economy

Małopolska is increasingly experiencing the effects of the global pandemic caused by coronavirus from Wuhan. This is not only a test for the healthcare system, but above all a huge challenge for entrepreneurs who found themselves in a crisis due to restrictions imposed by quarantine requirements. Under current circumstances the fact that Malopolska is the most visited region in the country does not fill us with pride as much as anxiety. In all industries strongly associated with tourism, which will certainly suffer from the impending recession, i.e. accommodation and catering, there are about 13.6 thousand companies. Another 1.9 thousand companies operate as tourism organizers.

Minimizing the negative effects of the pandemic is not just a recommendation, but a clear necessity. Therefore, taking advantage of the possibility of flexible use of funds from the Regional Operational Program for Małopolska, the Management Board has decided to allocate part of the money to combat the effects of the epidemic in the region. The Małopolska Anti-Crisis Shield is PLN 325 million which will help to protect the economy and purchase the equipment necessary to save human lives.

Who will get the money?

The Małopolska Anti-Crisis Shield is consisting of the three packages addressed to the healthcare and business sector. The resources will be donated to hospitals and entrepreneurs, thus protecting the jobs of thousands of inhabitants.

Anti-Crisis Shield for Małopolska – Three sources of support:

In addition, it should also be mentioned that additional funds have been previously spent on hospitals in Malopolska, which gives a total help value of PLN 325 million.

More information for entrepreneurs

All information on the activities and facilities prepared by the regional government is available at Regional Operational Program of Małopolska Region website in Funds and coronavirus section. You will also find there information about changes and shifts in the deadlines for calls for proposals introduced by institutions announcing competitions and other news important for those who want to implement EU projects during the pandemic.

Current news about european funds in Małopolska and their spending in the current epidemic situation can also be found on the Facebook profile: MałopolskaFunduszeEuropejskie

“A human being on the road – with respect for itself, others, nature” – the theme of this year’s Kraków Conference encouraged to discussion about various aspects of the condition of modern human.

What kind of threats result from geopolitical competition to human? What does spirituality look like in the modern world? What is the health condition of our society? Participants of the event, which took place in the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) in Kraków, had discussed about problems and challenges for two days, argued and inspired. The conference was organized by the Regional Development Observatory of Małopolska Region.

The Kraków Conferences are a series of debates organized every year since 2008. They show Poland’s position on the international arena in the context of progressive economic and social changes.

An introductory speech of this year’s event was given by professor Jan Tadeusz Duda, Chairman of the Małopolska Region Assembly. He recalled the words of Antoine de Saint – Exupéry: “We did not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we only borrowed it from our children.” That is why it is so important that we should care for the earth and do everything to at least leave it in the same condition as we received from our parents. – he said.

Participants often pointed out that the world was changing very quickly and it strictly depends on us which direction it will go in.

Will our current actions have positive or negative impact on the world in 10 or 50 years? Will next generations be able to enjoy fresh, healthy food, general safety, growing economy, and our family that performs the most important social functions?

This year’s conference has been divided into five panels:

The event was held under the honorary patronage of Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland.

You can find more about the event on the Kraków Conferences website.

Publication contains analysis of Smart Specializations in Małopolska Region’s projects, which have been selected for co-financing and contracted for regional and national operational programs.

The analysis answears following questions:

Smart Specializations in Małopolska Region set strategic directions for the region’s development by supporting cooperation in the sphere of science and business, help to create innovative and modern solutions. Seven Smart Specializations support areas with the highest development potential and strengthen the region’s competitiveness.

Enterprises, that implement innovative projects, fit into the following fields:

have the opportunity to apply for additional sources of financing, including the Regional Operational Program.

According to the analysis, 711 co-financing agreements were signed under the first and third axis of the Regional Operational Program with a value of over 1.4 billion złoty. Applicants who represent the specialization of chemistry and production of metals, metal products and non-metallic material products, have achieved the greatest effectiveness. Applicants from around Chrzanów, Oświęcim and Wadowice are the most effective, while the least successful come from Nowy Targ county.

Among 1,146 completed or implemented projects, which do not belong to the Regional Operational Program I and III axes, 327 (28.5%) were associated with at least one Smart Specialization. There was an above average demand for a design service within creative and leisure industries, and for LivingLab as part of information and communication technologies (in both cases it was over half of all projects applying for innovation vouchers).

Specializations in six counties were distinguished:

The distribution of the number of fields / technologies shows the strong dominance of Krakow.

Companies located in Małopolska Region submitted almost 2,000 projects related to the national Smart Specializations to the Intelligent Development Operational Program (it was the third highest result among 16 polish regions). The average value of projects from Małopolska amounted to slightly below 4.3 million złoty, which was an average result compared to other regions. Kraków is the seat of almost half of the units in the area of ​​Smart Specializations. Clearly the least (about 0.6% each) of such entities are located in three counties: Proszowice, Dąbrowa Tarnowska and Miechów.

Read the report (in Polish language)

Read the guide “Małopolska Smart Specializations”


The number of foreigners holding valid residence permits issued in Małopolska is increasing, accounting for 39.8 thousand at the end of May 2019

The number of foreigners who live and work in the Małopolska Region is increasing every year. In particular, this process intensified after 2014. There was also a dispersion of the stream of immigrants so far concentrated in few regions, with Warsaw and the Mazowieckie Region. At the end of May 2019, 39.8 thousand had valid residence permits issued by the Małopolska.

The purpose of the study is to update information on foreigners staying and working in Małopolska, the scale of their inflow and structure. The basic data were residence permits and documents authorizing them to work in Poland.

Foreigners in Malopolska – main conclusions:


The report “Foreigners in the Polish social security system in Malopolska region” is available in Polish.

According to studies conducted over the years 2012-2018, 10% of all inventions submitted to the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland were developed in Małopolska region.

The report prepared by the Małopolska Regional Development Observatory presents a number of information on the state and structure of inventive activity in Małopolska in the years 2012-2018. The analysis covers, among others, such issues as:• number of inventions and designs and utility applications submitted to the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland,• number of patents and protection rights granted,• types of entities submitting inventions and utility models and their leaders,• technological classification by Ulrich Schmoch, dividing technology fields into 35 types. Analysts have taken into account, such issues as: the activity of inventors in Małopolska, comparison to other voivodships, division of entities by sections of the Polish Classification of Activities, inventive activity in individual regions (powiaty) of Małopolska.

Małopolska among the national leaders of inventiveness

According to research conducted over the years 2012-2018, 10% of all inventions submitted to the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland were developed in Małopolska region. Entities in Małopolska that worked on innovative technological, product or process solutions submitted 2,972 inventions. Only two regions turned out to be better – Mazovia, where over twice as many inventions were reported (6,106), and Silesia, where 3,742 inventions were reported.

The same situation applies to utility models, except that in the case of Małopolska, more than three times less utility models have been reported than inventions to the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland. The 809 utility designs submitted give Małopolska the third place in the country, after Mazovia (1,141 designs submitted) and Silesia (1,163 utility designs submitted). In the years 2012-2018, patents were granted for 63.2% of the inventions reported – 1,879 patents, which gives Małopolska the fifth position, after regions such as Opolskie (83.2%), Dolnośląskie (72.7%), and Lubelskie (65.2%) and Silesia (63.7%).

Małopolska, with a result of 62.9% (509 protection rights), was on the 12th position in the country in terms of protection rights granted by the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland. In this case, the group of three leaders included the following voivodships: Podlaskie (82.8%), Podkarpackie (80.5%) and Opolskie (79.0%).

Science is the future

Higher education, which dominates in terms of creating innovative technologies, fares favorably in Małopolska. The share of universities in Małopolska in the creation and submission of inventions as well as utility models is the highest in the country (12.4% and 14.2%, respectively). In 2012-2018, Małopolska’s universities submitted a total of 1,160 inventions and 75 utility models.

These results represent, respectively, 39.0% of the total inventions and 9.3% of the total utility models submitted by all Małopolska entities and institutions during the last seven years.The leader of all universities in terms of the number of reported inventions was the University of Science and Technology in Kraków (AGH), with the result of 668 applications (57.6%). The top three universities initiating innovative solutions also include the Krakow University of Technology (Politechnika Krakowska) (294 inventions – 25.3%) and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (164 inventions – i.e. 14.1%).

New solutions in the form of utility models were developed in the years 2012-2018 only in the case of four universities in Małopolska, most of which concerned: the Krakow University of Technology (31 utility models – 41.3%), the University of Science and Technology in Kraków (29 utility models – 38.7%) and the University of Agriculture in Kraków – 14 utility models – 18.7%.

The report “The state and structure of inventive activity in Małopolska region in 2012-2018″ is available in Polish.

What role does culture play in the realities of Economy 4.0? Will culture change due to the digital age in modern society? What should the artist’s new role be – should it be more of a visionary or craftsman at the service of society? Will creative industries become the driving force of the economy?

The “Culture in the time of artificial intelligence” conference was devoted to the functioning of culture in the realities of Economy 4.0. The purpose of the events was to answer a number of current questions about the creation, dissemination and activities of culture in the calculation of social digital phenomenon.

Speakers and invited guests were wondering about the role of the artist – to be more of a visionary or a craftsman for social services? The talks revolved around the growing importance of creative industries in Małopolska, the culture – forming role of large cities and smaller centers, and the activities of cultural institutions.

The results of the latest research carried out by the Małopolska Regional Development Observatory on creative industries in region were also presented. The conference was supplemented with a series of thematic workshops organized in cultural institutions and FAB – LAB. The conference was held on April 26, 2019 at the International Cultural Center in Krakow. The event was addressed primarily to representatives of cultural institutions, non-governmental organizations, artists, craftsmen, creators and entrepreneurs operating in the creative industry and others interested in culture. The event was organized by the Marshal’s Office of the Malopolska Region, the Malopolska Regional Development Observatory Team.


Workshop schedule:


We present the seventh edition of the survey of the opinion of the inhabitants of Malopolska, in which attention was focused on issues including: quality of life assessment, recognition of projects and initiatives of the Małopolska regional authorities, the situation on the labor market, social capital and the use of e-services.

The study took into account the diversity of opinions of residents in the subregions of the Malopolska region (with the additional separation of the city of Krakow from the Krakow Metropolitan Area) and in terms of gender, age, education, place of residence (city / village), income per person, etc.

The report is available in Polish.

The new annual edition of the report on the use of european funds in Malopolska is ready. The implementation of EU programs in 2018 in the region is running smoothly. The number of contracts and implemented projects is growing.

By the end of 2018, 359 calls for the Regional Operational Program of the Malopolska region for the years 2014-2020 were carried out, with 4885 applications submitted. 2701 contracts were signed.

The level of involvement of EU funds in the Regional Operational Program, calculated by the value of co-financing of signed contracts, amounted to 67.1% at the end of 2018, which gave the 6th place in Poland.

1512 beneficiaries that have their headquarters in Malopolska undertook to implement projects co-financed from EU funds within all operational programs.

At the end of 2018, the value of projects implemented in our region amounted to PLN 27.3 billion, with co-financing from the European Union in the amount of PLN 16.7 billion, which places the Małopolska region in 4th place in Poland.

In 2018, contracts were signed for the implementation of projects worth PLN 7.4 billion in Malopolska (EU: PLN 4.7 billion).

Malopolska took the 1st place in terms of the value of implemented projects within the Smart Growth OP, 2nd place within the Knowledge Education Development OP and within the regional operational programs, 7th place within the Infrastructure and Environment OP and within the Digital Poland OP.

The report is available in Polish.

On June 18-19, 2018, the 11th edition of the Krakow Conference was held at the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow. The theme of the debate was an attempt to outline Poland’s place in Europe and the world one hundred years after regaining independence. During the conference issues related to: freedom, freedom of speech, the future of Poland in Europe and self-government after 2020 were raised.


Konferencja w Sukiennicach w Krakowie

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The following panelists were invited to the conference: Paweł Kowal, Professor Zbigniew Mikołejko, Professor Piotr Sztompka, Katarzyna Kłosińska, Konrad Piasecki, Jacek Żakowski, Professor Tadeusz Pieronek, Professor Jarosław Flis, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski.


Konferencja w Sukiennicach w Krakowie

KOnferencja w Sukiennicach w Krakowie

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