IWW E70 Working Team
Members of the Team:
Ms Monika Paczyńska (Wielkopolskie Voivodeship) - Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at the Marshal's Office of the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship.
Mr Stanisław Wroński (Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship) - Representative of the Marshal of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship for waterways, member of the Committee for the Promotion of Inland Navigation at the Ministry of Marine Economy and Inland Navigation. Member of the Water Management Council at the Regional Water Management Boards in Gdańsk and Poznań.
Mr Krzysztof Czopek (Pomorskie Voivodeship) - Director of the Infrastructure Department at the Marshal's Office of Pomorskie Voivodeship.
Mr Edward Pietrulewicz (Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship) - Director at the Elbląg Regional Office of the Marshal's Office of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship.
Mr Andrzej Ziarek (Lubuskie Voivodeship) – Deputy Director of the Department of Social Infrastructure at the Marshal's Office of the Lubuskie Voivodeship.
In 2018, the Cross-Regional Team for IWW E 70 held three meetings:
- 14 March, 2018, in Gdańsk - during the meeting, the possibility of providing an expert opinion on specifications of the new course of the Polish section of IWW E70 (Oder - Vistula) was discussed. The Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship presented a road map for the implementation of the above-mentioned task. In addition, it declared the intention to draw up an extended description of the subject of the contract and a financial schedule under the Emma project with expert support from the Pomorskie, Wielkopolskie, Lubuskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodeships. Current navigation-related problems on the waterway connecting the Oder and the Vistula were also discussed.
- 5 June, 2018 - on the occasion of a study visit, a meeting of the IWW E70 Working Team took place in Wrocław. The main focus of the meeting was to discuss conceptual work for the study of an alternative course of the IWW E70 and organisation of the conference "IWW E70 and what next".
- The main topics of the meeting of the IWW E70 Team, held on 5 December 2018 in Toruń, were: cooperation of local governments for the revitalisation of IWW E70, a summary of the activities carried out in 2018, and the plan for 2019. Plans were discussed for joint information and promotional activities concerning the Polish section of the IWW E70, including presentation of the IWW E70 offer at the water tourism fair. In addition, the Pomorskie Voivodeship presented a proposal for activities related to engaging the regions in the matter of transport revitalisation of the planned IWW 70 on its Polish section. Regarding this aspect, the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship presented a document entitled "Analysis of conditions for the functioning of the waterway on the Oder-Vistula section and its adaptation to requirements of the AGN Convention". This study will form the basis for further work related to development of the "Study of the course of the International Waterway E70 on the Oder-Vistula section".
Following the initiative of the IWW E70 Team:
- On 28-30 June, 2018, on the waters of the Vistula Lagoon around Krynica Morska, the ninth Three Marshals' Cup International Regatta was held. Despite unfavourable weather conditions, the regatta was attended by 30 crews in senior classes and over 130 participants in junior classes, i.e. Laser 4.7, Optimist and Cadet. During the two-day event, six of the nine planned races took place.
- On 5 June 2018, members of the IWW E70 Team visited the barrage located on the right bank of the Oder River, opposite the village of Rzeczyca about 5 km upstream of the town of Malczyce. This investment project is one of the important tasks included in the "2006 Programme for the Oder", i.e. a multi-year programme for modernisation of the Oder Water System. Its main objectives are improving flood protection systems on the Oder, maintaining and developing inland navigation, and using rivers for energy generation purposes.
Moreover, the members of the Team were involved in many activities related to revitalisation of the Polish section of the IWW E70, such as:
- 9 - 11 February 2018 - participation in the fourth edition of the BOATEX Floating Equipment and Water Sports Fair in Poznań, where the redesigned promotional booth of the International Waterway E70 was presented,
- 8 - 11 March 2018 - participation in the 30th edition of the Water Sports and Recreation Fair WIND and WATER in Warsaw,
- 18 - 19 April 2018 - participation in Poland's first international conference on inland navigation held in Wrocław. The purpose of the conference was to gather representatives of international institutions, leaders and experts dealing with the development of transport and to draw their attention to the need for development of the inland waterway transport sector. One of the organisers' main aims was to strengthen European and international awareness of the opportunities that inland waterway transport can offer. During the two days of discussions and sessions, the participants addressed topics related to sustainable development of inland waterways, current investments in shipping around the world, directions of development and new technologies in inland shipping, work and education, ecology, and legal instruments used worldwide to facilitate inland shipping. The Conference also resulted in the signing of an international declaration on cooperation for the development of inland waterway transport.
- 12 - 13 May 2018 - In Szczecin, at the 27th edition of the "Picnic on the Oder River", representatives of the Lubuskie Voivodeship presented the IWW E70 booth,
- 6 June 2018 - participation in the 3rd Inland Waterways Council - the Oder Council held in Wrocław. The event was organized as part of the local government's Year of the Oder River. As part of the session of the Oder Council, the issue of perceiving the Oder as a source of economic benefits for communities living by the Oder River and their mutual relations was raised. The optimal location of ports and marinas on rivers was discussed, taking into account the interests of local governments. Principles were established of multi-level cooperation for transport and sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region with the Central European Transport Corridor taken into account. There was also discussion of the possibilities of using the Oder River for tourism and the implementation of water recreation projects. An example is the "2018 Lower Silesia Oder Fund", which is a project designed for Lower Silesian municipalities. It provides support for the construction or development of small-scale infrastructure facilities related directly or indirectly to the Oder and other rivers and bodies of water. The meeting was attended by representatives of local authorities, organisations, associations, foundations and clusters dealing with inland navigation.
- Exhibition booth and participation in the Inland Navigation Congress held in Opole on 20 September 2018. The meeting offered an opportunity to discuss the development of river transport. Among the participants were industry specialists, local government officials and politicians. The Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation highlighted the efficiency of inland waterway transport. The President of the National Water Management Authority informed on the most important challenges in the area of inland navigation, i.e. the construction of further barrages on the Oder River at Ścinawa and Libiąż and on the Vistula River at Siarzewo. As part of the Congress, debates were held which were divided into several themed panels. Among other matters, these dealt with short-term water investments, the organisation of river freight transport and modern shipping solutions. At the same time, there were sessions dedicated to the need for training new inland waterway personnel and to the importance of river shipyards for the development of inland waterway transport. Discussions concerning this issue were conducted by experts of the water transport sector and from the Ministry of Maritime Economy. The debates were also attended by representatives from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Congress was organised with three main objectives: to enhance debate on the current state and development prospects of Polish rivers, to attract the interest of business sectors in inland waterway transport, and to demonstrate development prospects for future young personnel.
- presentation of the offer of the Polish section of the International Waterway E70 in Katowice at the Silesian Water Sports and Recreation Fair Wind and Water between 12 and 14 October 2018,
- 16 October 2018 - Participation in the conference summarizing implementation of the project "Analysis of the adaptation of the Vistula River from Włocławek to its mouth at the Gulf of Gdańsk to the large and small cascade - modelling". At the conference, the study developed in the framework of the project was discussed. This analysis covered a concept designed to ensure a minimum of class IV navigability, flood protection, including: winter flood protection and the safety of the Włocławek barrage itself. Moreover, model tests (physical and numerical) of the operation of low-head and high-head barrages and riverbed erosion processes were performed. One important result of this analysis was that the meeting participants were acquainted with the assumptions for the construction of barrages on the Lower Vistula and the recommended variant. Based on the environmental, technical, navigational and economic analyses carried out, several options were proposed, with recommendation of the variant of a high-head cascade comprising barrages with local groynes or retaining walls in Siarzewo, Solec Kujawski, Chełmno, Grudziądz and Gniew. The final decision regarding selection of the recommended variant should be made with the entire Polish section of the waterways E40 and E70 taken into account. The analysis results also contribute to the feasibility study which is currently being developed for the comprehensive arrangement of the following waterways: E40 for the Vistula River between Gdańsk and Warsaw and then to the Polish-Belarusian border, and E70 from the Vistula to the Vistula Lagoon.
- 19 - 21 October, 2018 - The World Travel Show, an international tourism trade fair, was held in Nadarzyn. In the Domestic and Foreign Tourism Zone, the offer of the Polish section of the IWW E70 was promoted.
- 5 December, 2018 - Participation in a panel discussion at the Third International Congress of Security held in Toruń. The leading theme focused on issues related to the ecological safety of rivers in the context of making use of their economic potential while minimising impact on the environment. There was also discussion of topics of drought prevention, i.e. high retention, as well as waterway transport, hydroelectricity and development of riverside areas. The event was co-organised by the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship.
In 2017, the Cross-Regional Team for IWW E 70 held three meetings:
- 13 March 2016 - the IWW E70 working team held a meeting in Toruń; there were discussed such issues as the progress of work on agreements covering the 2017 - 2019 perspective, while actions to be implemented in the above-mentioned period were agreed upon and approved. A plan was made to publish a special issue of the Gospodarka Wodna (Water Management) magazine dedicated to the IWW E70 and water management in its broadest sense.
- 28 - 29 August 2017 - The IWW E70 working team held a meeting in Krynica Morska. The meeting involved the participation of, among others, Mr Jerzy Wcisła, Senator of the Republic of Poland, Krzysztof Grabowski, Deputy Marshal of the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship, Mr Sławomir Kopyść, Board Member of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, Mr Ryszard Świlski, Board Member of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, Krzysztof Roman, Deputy Director of the Regional Water Management Board in Gdańsk, Mr Marian Kidaj, Director of the Office of Inland Navigation in Gdańsk, Mr Zbigniew Ptak, Head of Nowy Dwór county, and representatives of the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, the Maritime University in Szczecin, Ministry of Local Government Development of the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation and representatives of partner regions.
Among other things, the meeting participants discussed the possibilities of implementing the River Information System (RIS) on the Vistula. Plans to implement a joint Poland-Russia project were also discussed. On the second day of the meeting, field workshops were held to introduce participants to the functioning of waterways in the Vistula delta and the infrastructure built as part of the Żuławy Loop project.
- 29 November 2017 - a meeting of Working Teams for the IWWs E70 and E40 was held in Toruń, dedicated to the use of the Vistula for water management, inland navigation, flood protection and tourism. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, the Port of Gdańsk Authority, the Regional Water Management Authority in Gdańsk, the Maritime Office in Gdynia, the Office of Inland Navigation in Bydgoszcz, and the Lubuskie, Wielkopolskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Mazowieckie, Lubelskie, Pomorskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeships.
The discussion focused on activities carried out by the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation (MGMiŻŚ) aimed at developing inland waterways in Poland. The representatives of the voivodeships concerned also declared their support for work on a feasibility study for the modernisation of the Vistula River, carried out by the Port of Gdańsk Authority. At the meeting, the regional representatives presented key studies and analyses made in recent years for the needs of the Vistula River revitalisation.
Following the initiative of the IWW E70 Team:
- On 6 - 9 July 2017, the waters of the Kaliningrad Lagoon were the site of the eighth edition of the Three Marshals' Cup International Regatta, organised by the Governor of Kaliningrad Oblast - Mr Anton Alikhanov, the Marshal of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship - Mr Gustaw Marek Brzezin, and Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship - Mr Mieczysław Struk. The competition accompanied the City of Kaliningrad Days.
- On 8 December 2017, a conference summarising the Year of the Vistula River 2017 in the Pomorskie and Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeships was held in Gdańsk City Hall on the initiative of the Maritime and River League and the Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship. The meeting was attended by representatives of central government authorities, local governments, representatives of institutions interested in building and promoting the Vistula's image, and entrepreneurs of the Pomeranian region. The meeting was held under the motto "The Year of the Vistula River 2017 – a Conclusion, or perhaps Panta Rhei".
The conference was aimed at explaining important aspects of development of the Vistula River, from tourism and culture, through issues of responsibility for the environment and local community, to the economy. At the end of the conference, a memorandum on the Vistula River was signed, calling for decisive action for its development.
- The publication "Hydrological and navigational conditions on the Polish section of the International Waterway E70" is an original study based on numerous field surveys carried out by the staff of the Department of Waterways Revitalisation at the Institute of Geography of Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. It presents the results of research on the section of the waterway from the Oder to the Brda, the Lower Vistula and the waterways within the Vistula delta. The paper also describes the current navigational parameters of the waterway, including depth conditions along the navigation route, its marking and locations of ‘bottlenecks'. In addition, the publication contains an analysis of hydrological data covering the last 30 years, an assessment of feeding conditions on particular sections of the waterway, and an analysis of the ecological situation based on a hydro-ecomorphological evaluation of the waterway.
- The publication entitled "The role of the International Waterway E70 in regional and local development" focuses on issues concerning the use of the IWW E70, which is an important component of the communication and transport system and offers significant tourist assets. It presents the involvement of voivodeships as signatories to the IWW E70 agreements in the revitalisation of the mentioned waterway, the history of formation of the Oder-Vistula waterway, as well as the spatial development and structure of selected riverside towns. The paper also touches upon the issue of town waterfronts situated along the IWW E70. An important part of the publication is the presentation of water tourism products.
- The publication was financed by signatories of the IWW E70 Agreements, i.e. the Lubuskie, Wielkopolskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Pomorskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeships.
Moreover, the members of the Team were involved in many activities related to revitalisation of the Polish section of the IWW E70, such as:
- On 17 - 19 February 2017, the offer of the Polish section of the IWW E70 was presented at the BOATEX 2017 Floating Equipment and Water Sports Fair in Poznań,
- On 16 - 19 March 2017, representatives of IWW E70 participated in the sailing and water sports fair Wind and Water in Warsaw,
- On 19 - 27 April 2017, Members of the Team for Revitalisation of the IWW E70 took part in the first promotion-and-research container voyage organised by the City of Bydgoszcz and the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship. A barge with a load of 20 containers covered the 450-kilometre long stretch of the Vistula between Gdańsk and Warsaw. The initiative was designed to draw attention to the unused potential of river transport in Poland and the need to implement investment projects necessary for the development of inland navigation. At stopover points, there were container handling demonstrations, seminars, exhibitions, press conferences, meetings of task teams for investment projects concerning international waterways, and events for local communities. The voyage also featured a research aspect. Students from Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz and staff of the Regional Water Management Board in Gdańsk collected detailed data on navigation and sailing conditions. Owing to the information collected, it was possible to specify e.g. risks to inland navigation along this stretch of the Vistula, which will be used in the development of study and strategic documents.
- On 13 - 14 May 2017, the 26th edition of the Market Tour Tourist Fair was held in Szczecin, where representatives of the Lubuskie Voivodeship presented and promoted the IWW E70.
- On 5 August 2017, in the village of Sokolniki, a district of the town of Gvardeysk, Russia, the Langendorf Castle was the venue for the conference "International Waterway E70: problems, prospects and opportunities". The forum was attended by representatives of the government of the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation, federal agencies, guests from neighbouring countries, sailors, and tour operators. The discussed topics included the current condition and prospects of activation of the Russian-Polish-Lithuanian section of the International Waterway E70. Poland's representatives presented proposals for increasing sailing activity on the waters of the Kaliningrad Oblast, e.g. by opening a seasonal or mobile water border crossing point at Mamonowo, enabling sailing for "third country" vessels, including the possibility of Russian-Lithuanian border clearance on the Curonian Lagoon, expansion of the sailing network infrastructure to ensure safe and comfortable mooring of vessels sailing over the Kaliningrad Lagoon, the Pregolya, the Deyma and the Curonian Lagoon. Additionally, at the workshop a proposal was presented for joint projects regarding the development of a roadmap which would use the Russian-Polish-Lithuanian section of the International Waterway E70 in transport and tourism aspects within the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme: Poland-Russia 2014-2020 and Russia-Lithuania 2014-2020.
- On 7 September 2017, the Marshal's Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship in cooperation with Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz organized field workshops in the form of a scientific and local government conference. The discussed topics included various aspects of water management. The workshops, held under the motto "Water as a Mirror of the City: Waterfronts", were part of the Year of the Vistula River celebrations. The leading theme was the revitalisation of riverside areas and water management within reclamation zones. A cruise took place along the Bydgoszcz - Toruń route.
- On 20-22 October 2017, the World Travel Show, an international tourism trade fair, was held in Nadarzyn. It was the second edition of this large tourism-focused event, attracting enthusiasts of travelling near and far, as well as many representatives of the tourism industry. Several thousand visitors had an opportunity to see the tourist offer available along the waterways forming the International Waterway E70.
- On 10 - 12 November 2017, the 2nd Silesian Water Sports and Recreation Fair WIND and WATER took place in Katowice, where once again the offer of the International Waterway E70 was presented.
- On 13 December 2017, at a meeting of the Convention of the Gdańsk University of Technology, a debate was held on the Lower Vistula River development programme. It was attended by representatives of politics, science, business and media. The guest of honour was Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, Deputy Minister of Development. The meeting was conducted in the so-called "golden triangle" format, represented by the local and central authorities, as well as representatives of business and science.
In 2016, the Cross-Regional Team for IWW E 70 held four meetings:
On 19 January 2016, in Toruń, Senator Jerzy Wcisła presented an initiative to establish a Parliamentary Group for the IWW and key inland waterway connections. The Wielkopolskie Voivodeship presented a list of bottlenecks on the Polish section of IWW E 70, which is one of the topics to be discussed during planned meetings with the Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation and with the Ministry of Environment. It is also necessary to prepare a list of actions aimed at providing a systemic and organizational solution to the problem of repairing the locks on the Bydgoszcz - Santok section in a manner which would not disrupt tourist navigation in the summer season (yacht transportation services, portage, or work carried out outside the season and in low season).
On 31 May 2016, in Toruń. A letter was sent to the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda with a proposal to undertake an initiative related to economic activation of Polish rivers and riverside areas. The aim is to initiate national debate on a river management plan that may result in a legislative initiative. As for agreements between the concerned regions regarding the performance of tasks in the field of revitalisation and promotion of the IWW E70, the signing of multi-year agreements was proposed.
On 10 October 2016, in Kwiejce. A discussion was held on the creation of a new website for the IWW E70, promotion during the Boat & Fun trade fair in Berlin (24-27 November 2016) and a proposal to publish in the nationwide press an article on reasons for the urgent need to revitalise rivers for inland transport. In addition, members of the IWW E70 Team participated in a study visit to the Yndzel marina in Drawsko and to the lock in Krzyż.
On 19 December 2016 in Toruń. The main topic of the meeting was discussion on the subject of continuing inter-regional cooperation for the revitalisation and promotion of the planned E70 waterway in Poland, based on three-year agreements. A representative of the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation presented the progress made on implementation of the inland navigation development plans. In November 2016, the first meeting of the Steering Committee for Inland Waterway Investments was held, which was also attended by a representative of the IWW E70 team, Stanisław Wroński. At the SC meeting, regulations were adopted, the results of stocktaking and activities of the Ministry related to restoring navigability on waterways were discussed, and a working team of the Steering Committee was appointed. A representative of the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation informed that the Polish Parliament had adopted a law on ratification of the AGN Convention, which would be submitted to the Senate. As regards planned amendments to the Water Law, it will be important to transfer responsibility for the maintenance and construction of waterways of transport importance to the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation. The implementation of amendments to the existing Water Law is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2017.
Following the initiative of the IWW 70 team:
On 1 June 2016, a meeting was held in Toruń involving representatives of the regions having signed the letter of intent on revitalisation of the International Waterway E40 (the Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, and Pomorskie Voivodeships), the signatories of the Agreement on revitalisation of the International Waterway E70, Mr Jerzy Materna, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, Mr Robert Kęsy, Vice President of the National Water Management Board, and Mr Jerzy Wcisło, Senator of the Republic of Poland. The purpose of the meeting was to present to the government the achievements related to the revitalisation and development of the above-mentioned waterways and to propose support for local governments aiming at the restoration of navigability and economic use of waterways in Poland.
- the adoption by the Government (June 2016) of assumptions for the inland waterway development programme,
- Poland's ratification of the AGN Convention (2016),
- establishment of a national steering committee for water management (including 2 representatives of voivodeship marshals) (2016),
- preparation of options for financing water investments in Poland, e.g. PPP, Inland Waterways Development Fund, State Treasury companies, revenues from water management, the Juncker Plan, agreements with regional governments, Cohesion Fund, CEF, Responsible Development Plan, Inland Navigation Fund, etc. (2016).
- establishment and development of cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Poland and voivodeship governments in the area of implementation of the inland waterways development programme.
Moreover, the members of the Team were involved in many activities related to revitalisation of the Polish section of the IWW E70, such as:
- On 6-7 March 2016, the 23rd Economic Forum was held in Toruń, during which a water panel dedicated to the current hydrological situation and legal status of water management was arranged,
- On 13 June 2016, Team representatives attended the Second Lubuskie Tourism Council in Zielona Góra dedicated to water tourism,
- On 16 - 18 June 2016, during the WaterWays Fair in Warsaw, the IWW E70 booth was exhibited and the offer was presented by representatives of the Lubuskie and Pomorskie Voivodeships,
- On 22 July 2016, participation in a promotional cruise on the Noteć (Nakło on the Noteć), during which results of work on revitalisation of the Polish section of the planned International Waterway were presented.
- On September 8th 2016, during a study cruise between Grudziądz and the mouth of the Vistula, field workshops and a conference on opportunities and potential for use of the Lower Vistula were held. The organizers were the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship and the Nakielski District.
- On 19 October 2016, the inaugural celebrations of the Year of the Vistula 2017 were held in Toruń on the 550th anniversary of the Second Peace of Toruń, when Poland again regained control over the entire course of the navigable stretch of the Vistula. The event was held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.
2015 - international cooperation
In 2015, the Cross-Regional Team for IWW E 70 held three meetings:
On 22 January in Toruń, where the main focus was on the elimination of so-called "bottlenecks" on the Polish section of IWW E 70, the bill of amendment to the Water Law Act, and an action plan for 2015 as part of the implementation of IWW E 70 agreements.
On 13 April in Toruń an "inventory" was taken - the partners exchanged information on actions and activities of individual regions and other interested institutions concerning or related to the economic use of rivers, especially in the context of the IWW E40. There was also presented a proposal of the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, accepted by the President of the Republic of Poland, concerning the initiative of drawing up a "Plan of activation and economic development of rivers in Poland". There was also discussion of the consultation process for drafts of the Water Law, Water Management Plans and Flood Risk Management Plans, as well as the assumptions of the international EMMA project, which aims at strengthening inland and maritime transport in the Baltic Sea region.
On 24-25 September in Gorzów Wielkopolski, a meeting was held to discuss current cooperation between the central government and local governments for revitalisation of the IWW E 70, and especially the issue of eliminating so-called "bottlenecks" that limit navigability. The discussion also covered the state of readiness of promotional activities which will accompany the presentation of the IWW E70 offer for water tourism at the BoatShow boating and water sports fair in Łódź. As part of the next year's plan of joint activities, members of the IWW E 70 Team submitted proposals which are related, among others, to continuation of the campaign promoting the Polish section of the International Waterway E 70 on the Polish and German markets. On the second day, the Team meeting was honoured by the presence of the Marshal of the Lubuskie Voivodeship Mr Romuald Gawlik, who emphasized the importance of the IWW E70 for the Lubuskie region.
Following the initiative of the IWW 70 team:
The Department of Waterways Revitalisation of Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz was commissioned to continue navigational research on the Polish section of the International Waterway E70 (the connection between the Oder River, the Havel Canal and the mouth of the Brda River). The research results showed that as a consequence of the prolonged hydrological drought, neither cargo nor tourist navigation was possible due to very low water levels.
On 12-15 February in Warsaw, during the Water Sports and Recreation Fair WIND and WATER, the Polish waterway IWW E70 was presented, while the Żuławy Loop received the Friendly Shore Award.
On 2 - 3 March, as part of this year's 22nd edition of the Economic Forum in Toruń, the panel "Water management reform and its effects" was held, focussing on water management in its broadest sense.
On 15 June, during the Notecka Flotilla cruise, the International Waterway E 70 was promoted. The cruise was attended by, among others, Councillors of the Lubuskie Voivodeship Council, representatives of the Lubuskie Voivodeship Board, and representatives of local government units.
30 June - 2 July, at the invitation of the Kaliningrad Oblast Governor's Office, the Polessk Town Authority and Klaipeda City Hall, there was a study visit of the IWW E70 working team. Between 1 and 3 July, three workshops were held, i.e.: a conference in the Port of Kaliningrad - inland waterways and sea transport, a seminar in Polessk - water tourism, and a seminar in Klaipeda - inland transport and water tourism. The three-day study tour of the IWW E70 working team provided insight into the state of the infrastructure of the ports, marinas and water regions (Kaliningrad Lagoon, Pregolya, Deima Canal, Curonian Lagoon) as well as the planned development of water tourism in the Kaliningrad Oblast and Lithuania. At the working meetings, planning and design solutions for ports and marinas (Gvardeysk, Polessk, Kaliningrad, Zielonogradsk, Rybachi, Ushakovo, Klaipeda, Neringa) were introduced. During meetings of the expert group in Kaliningrad, Klaipeda and Polessk, Poland's experience was presented concerning the development of the International Waterway E 70 for water tourism and inland waterway transport on the section covering the Vistula Lagoon - Kaliningrad Lagoon and Curonian Lagoon.
On 29 July, a conference was held in the Polish Parliament with the participation of representatives of ministries responsible for environmental protection, infrastructure and transport from three countries: Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. The debate, which was attended by representatives of the Polish, Belarusian and Ukrainian ministries responsible for environmental protection, infrastructure and transport, was initiated in connection with the implementation of an EU project aimed at investigating the possibility of revitalisation of the waterway E40 between the Baltic and the Black Sea.
On 20-22 November, Łódź hosted for the seventeenth time the Boatshow 2014 Sailing and Water Sports Fair, featuring the IWW E70 promotional booth. What is more, the Żuławy Loop received the Golden Bell award from the Polish Sailing Association.
On 16 December, an international conference was held in Lublin to sum up the project of reconstructing the E 40 waterway on the Dnieper-Vistula section, connecting the Black Sea with the Baltic Sea. The aim of the meeting was to present the results of a feasibility study for the international waterway running across Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.
2014 - declaration of cooperation and presentation of positions
In 2014, the Cross-Regional Team for IWW E 70 held three meetings:
On 4-5 March, in Toruń, there was discussion of the list of IWW E70 projects and so-called "Vistula projects" included in the draft Implementation Document for the 2020 Transport Development Strategy, as well as the action plan for 2014 in the framework of implementation of IWW E70 agreements.
On 27 August, in Kąty Rybackie, a discussion was held on the possibility of international cooperation for the Polish section of the IWW E70, preparation of positions of the Working Teams for International Waterways E40 and E70 related to conclusions from the inspection of operations of inland navigation carried out by the Supreme Audit Office, and proposed changes in the field of inland waterway transport and inland navigation safety.
On 15 October, a meeting was held in Toruń to discuss current cooperation between the central government and local governments for revitalisation of the IWW E70, and especially the issue of eliminating so-called "bottlenecks" limiting its navigability. The discussion also covered the state of readiness of promotional activities which will accompany a presentation of the IWW E70 offer for water tourism.
Following the initiative of the IWW 70 team:
The publication "International Waterway E70 - Polish section" was issued, in which various advantages of the IWW E70 were presented on the basis of conducted analyses and research indicating the growing demand for inland waterway transport and possibilities of using the waterway for tourism.
The position of the E40 and E70 International Waterways Task Teams, on the conclusions of the Supreme Audit Office's inspection of the operation of inland waterway transport and proposed changes in the field of inland waterway transport and inland waterway safety, was sent to the government.
The Department of Waterways Revitalisation at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz was commissioned to carry out navigational research on the Polish section of the E70 International Waterway (the connection between the Oder River, the Havel Canal and the mouth of the Brda River). The research has indicated that the Noteć River and the Bydgoszcz Canal in particular present poorer depth conditions as far as inland navigation is concerned. An additional obstacle for navigation on these rivers is lush vegetation appearing during the growing period, which reduces the possibilities of navigation.
On 18-26 January in Dusseldorf, during the Boot Düsseldorf 2014 International Boat and Yacht Exhibition, the IWW E70 water sports offer was presented to tourists and journalists.
On 4 March in Toruń, as part of the 21st Economic Forum, a panel discussion on water management was held.
On 18 March, at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Gdańsk, a debate was held entitled "Benefits of cross-border cooperation in the Vistula Lagoon region".
On March 20, in the Polish Parliament, at the initiative of the Parliamentary Group for the Restoration of Navigability of the Vistula River, the conference "Let's recover the potential of the Vistula River" was held.
On 3-6 April in Warsaw, during the Water Sports and Recreation Fair WIND and WATER, the Polish stretch of the IWW E70 was presented.
On 12 April, as part of the 7th Pomeranian Civic Congress at the Gdańsk University of Technology, a debate entitled "The Lower Vistula River as a common good" took place.
On 10 - 12 June, Waterways Expo 2014 - International Fair and Conference for Inland Navigation and Water Management took place in Bydgoszcz for the second time, with a conference dedicated specifically to the International Waterway E70. Additionally, visitors to the IWW E70 booth, jointly arranged by the Lubuskie, Wielkopolskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Pomorskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeships, could learn about revitalisation issues of the IWW E70 and the tourist offer.
On 28 August, in Kąty Rybackie, a meeting and consultations were held on the most important problems related to the development of inland navigation, especially in the area of activities of the IWW E70 Revitalisation Team and the IWW E40 Economic Activation Team. The meeting was attended by the Marshal of the Polish Senate Mr Bogdan Borusewicz, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development Ms Dorota Pyć, as well as local government representatives and scientists. On 28 August 2014, in the harbour of Kąty Rybackie, the Programme Declaration on the action plan for development of the Polish section of the International Waterway E70 for the period 2015-2020 was signed. The main objectives are to pursue a common policy of tourism and economic development, implement a joint programme of promotional activities for IWW E70, organise a platform for the exchange of experiences and cooperation of stakeholders interested in the development of IWW E70 areas, and to continue efforts to include studies on the revitalisation of the Polish section of the IWW E70 in strategic documents of the Polish Government.
On 5 September, workshops on problems related to the economic use of rivers were held; these have been organised jointly by the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship and Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz since 2007. At the workshops, there were discussed such topics as the construction of a water barrage downstream of Włocławek and the construction of a multimodal transport platform in the vicinity of Solec Kujawski, as an indispensable logistical base for Polish seaports.
On 14-16 November, Łódź hosted the sixteenth Sailing and Water Sports Fair Boatshow 2014, where the IWW E70 promotional booth was also present.
On 5 December, the implementation of the project titled "Construction of a marina building with educational facilities in Nakło on the Noteć - stage II" was officially summarised.
On 5 December, Zielna Conference Centre in Warsaw hosted a meeting to summarise the results of the Polish component of the project "INWAPO - Upgrading of Inland Waterways and Seaports".
Year 2013 at the IWW E70
The Cross-Regional Team for the IWW E70 met four times in 2013:
on 26-27 March in Kadyny, on 7 May in Bydgoszcz and on 5-6 September and 19 December in Toruń.
In Kadyny the following topics were discussed: the possibilities of implementation of an international cooperation for the Polish section of the IWW E70; preparation of the voivodeships' opinions on including the projects of restoring the shipping on the Polish waterways in the Territorial Contracts; the action plan for 2013, including: editing a website, the organization of thematic conferences, the implementation of social and promotional campaigns for domestic and foreign markets. Also the conversations with the government on the development of the concept on utilization of the Vistula River were discussed, as well as the organization of the First Parliament of Inland Navigation in Elblag, dedicated to water tourism in Poland on 10-11 July 2013.
The essential threads of the meeting in Bydgoszcz were: presentation of the implementation of the INWAPO project regarding the modernization of inland waterways and seaports; initiatives of creating the Pomeranian River Cluster; leadership of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship at the Marshals' Convention. An important point of the meeting was the discussion on the suggestions for realization of the international projects for IWW E40 and the state of implementation of the Flood Protection Directive.
During the September meeting in Torun the current cooperation between governments and local governments for the revitalization of the IWW E70 was discussed as well as the territorial contracts and the government commitments regarding the waterways. In addition, a review was made of the state of implementation of the tasks under the IWW E70 agreements for the year 2013 (a campaign for the German market, the Tour Salon fair, Open Days, promotional items, website, etc.). During the meeting, the assumptions and scenario for the film promoting the IWW E 70 on the Polish and German markets were presented.
The meeting in Torun held on 19 December was devoted to the discussion on the: cooperation of the governments and local governments to revitalize the waterway IWW E70; the results of the debate with the Undersecretary of the State – Dorota Pyć; participation in the International Boat Show Dusseldorf 2014, which will be held on 18-26 January 2014 in Düsseldorf; the Team's action plan for 2014.
Moreover, the Team members actively participated in many projects related to the IWW E70. The most important of them are presented below:
On 9 January a conference entitled "Military tourism, water tourism – Lubuskie voivodeship invites" was held in Zielona Góra. During the conference, Marshal Maciej Szykuła announced the 2013 to be the year of water tourism in the Lubuskie voivodeship.
On 2 February, Malbork and Elblag were awarded the Friendly Shore Award for their actions to the development of water tourism.
On 4-5 March at the XX Economic Forum in Toruń a panel discussion entitled "A new dam on the Vistula - opportunities and threats" was held.
On 22 March a conference entitled "Pomeranian River Cluster - Partnership for Ecological Transport" was held in Gdynia which inaugurated the cluster agreement to undertake the cooperation in order to persuade government officials to accelerate the recovery of shipping on the Vistula River.
On 22 March the IWW E70 participants took part in a social action of the "Dziennik Bałtycki" magazine for the reconstruction of the Vistula waterway and the establishment of a ministerial institution responsible for the development of inland waterways in Poland.
On 17-18 April in Elblag the 42nd General Assembly of the Association of Towns and Communes upon the Sea Delegates was held. The association supported the "Secondly – water motorway on the Vistula" campaign and the project of building the Canal through the Vistula Spit and decided to join the Pomeranian River Cluster and participate in the First Parliament of Inland Shipping in Elblag.
On 23 May a conference entitled "The Sea and the rivers together" related to the selected projects on reactivation of the water transport on the Vistula River was held in Gdynia.
On 3 June a conference "Secondly – the water motorway on the Vistula" organized by the "Dziennik Bałtycki" magazine and the Pomorskie Voivodeship's Marshal Office was held in the Artus Court. The meeting aimed at emphasizing the importance of the Vistula to the regions as it may contribute to the economic competitiveness of regions that lie upon it.
On 3 June the founding meeting of the Pomeranian River Cluster was held, which led to the adoption of the Statute and emerged the Founding Committee for the implementation of matters related to the registration of the association.
On 21-23 June the workshops on the Polish waterways were held in Bydgoszcz. The workshops were devoted to problems of complex development of the rivers.
On 22 June a conference was held in Bydgoszcz on the current state and the future of the IWW E40 and E70 routes and integration of the Vistula with an international transport network TEN-T.
On 11-13 July on the Vistula and Kaliningrad Lagoon the fourth Three Marshals' / Governors' Cup International Regatta on the Krynica Morska-Frombork-Bałtijsk (Russia) route was held.
On 10-11 July in Elblag the first Parliament of the Inland Shipping was held under the patronage of ministers of sport and tourism, transport and the environment. In addition to the marshals, the meeting was attended by the representatives of more than 100 organizations, associations, foundations, clusters and associations involved in inland shipping.
On 7 August in Grudziądz the marshals of eight voivodeships signed a declaration on cooperation for supporting the presidential draft law allowing to create the biking and hiking trails on the flood embankments. The ceremony of signing the declaration was participated by the Polish President Bronisław Komorowski.
On 10 September the experts, scientists, politicians and representatives of local government administration and business met in Toruń and discussed the opportunities and threats for the development of water management in Poland.
On 19 September in Bydgoszcz and Torun the Convention of Marshals took place, which engaged in updating the Water Law eliminating the Inland Shipping Offices.
On 25 September a conference summarizing the halfway point of the Polish-Russian project "Joint benefits of the Vistula Lagoon development" was held in Elbląg.
On 8 October the representatives of the Team - on their way to Brussels - stopped in Duisburg to visit the largest inland port in Europe.
On 9-10 October, the representatives of the Team participated in 11th European Week of Regions and Cities Open Days 2013 in Brussels. In one of the panels a lecture on the Vistula river was given by prof. Zygmunt Babiński.
On 15 October a seminar entitled "The situation of inland waterway transport in Poland and the conditions and possibilities of its development" took place in Warsaw.
On 17-19 October in Poznan at the TOUR SALON fair the Team representatives promoted the Polish section of the waterway IWW E70 at their stand.
On 28 October in Warsaw the future of the Baltic Sea was discussed and on 29 October the "Maritime Policy of Poland until 2020".
On 15-17 November the Team representatives promoted the Polish section of the IWW E70 at the Water Tourism Salon in Łódź.
On 2 December a new, modern, private marina was opened in Gorzów Wielkopolski. The value of the investment is 9.8 million zł.
On 3 December the meeting of representatives of Teams for Revitalization of the IWW E70 and E40 with the Undersecretary of State Dorota Pyć was held in Warsaw.
On 11-12 December a Waterfront Forum 2013 conference was held in Warsaw. One of the main topics of the conference was the "Poland at the water" project.
On 14 December a ceremonial summary of the South Baltic Sailing Cup and the Grand Prix of the Vistula Lagoon took place in Elbląg. The project is participated by the sailing unions of the voivodeships: zachodniopomorskie, pomorskie, warmińsko-mazurskie and the Kaliningrad Oblast.
2012 - IWW E70 tourism investments and promotion at national and EU level.
The Cross-Regional Team for IWW E70 has met twice in 2012: on 23-24 February in Elbląg and on 16 April in Toruń. In Elbląg, they discussed elements of the promotional campaign and set tasks for the Team for 2012. A socio-economic analysis of the revitalisation programme for the Polish section of the IWW E70 was also performed. The essential points of the meeting at Toruń were: arrangements for the participation in the International Trade Fair Expo 2012 in Wrocław, adopting a common position on the Polish waterways to be presented at the Council of Marshals, and arrangements for the meeting with representatives of the European Commission in Brussels.
Apart from the meetings, the Team members have actively participated in many projects related to the IWW E70. Below some of them have been presented.
On 13 February in Gdańsk, the Pomeranian Entrepreneurship Council discussed the issues of waterways. Entrepreneurs declared their readiness to shift transport from roads to waterways, provided that adequate conditions are created to that effect. Their common position on this issue was submitted to the Polish Government.
On 5 March, at the 19th Economic Forum in Toruń, marshals of three voivodeships (Pomorskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Mazowieckie) signed a letter of intent to cooperate in promoting economic revival along the planned International Waterway E40 in the Gdańsk-Bydgoszcz-Toruń-Warsaw section.
On 30 March, a decision was made to establish the Association of Polish Baltic-Adriatic Corridor Regions (BAC). Along the section up to Bydgoszcz, the two routes coincide with the IWW E70.
Between 18 May and 10 June 2012, a Berlin-Bydgoszcz cruise was organised to promote International Waterways E30 and E70. The cruise was a continuation of the 'Flis Notecki' events on the Noteć river (traditional rafting), organised since 2002 and promoting the waterway connecting the Oder and the Vistula - part of International Waterway E70.
On 16 June, during a ship trip from the Vistula Lagoon to the port of Elbląg, the Programme Council for King Stefan Batory Waterway Trail decided to establish an association. The Batory Trail in its large portion runs along the IWW E70. On that same day, a modernized sailing marina was opened in Elbląg, a PLN 9 mln undertaking completed within the Żuławy Loop project.
On 14 July, Polish President Bronisław Komorowski and his wife Anna Komorowska took a trip on the Żuławy Loop and the IWW E70.
During Waterways Expo 2012 - International Trade Fair of Inland Waterway Transport and Water Management in Wroclaw (19-21 September), in a discussion panel devoted to water tourism, the Team for the IWW E70 was represented by J.Wcisła, who presented the state of inland tourism in Poland. At the Fair, a separate stand was devoted to the attractions of the IWW E70.
On 22 September, a conference was held in Tczew titled 'IWW E70 and its maintenance aspects - inland waterways in need of good administration', Mr Zbigniew Ptak presented the revitalisation programme for this waterway.
On 5 October 2012, on board the ship 'Wanda', on the Włocławek Reservoir, a field workshop was held on the issue of the waterways in Poland. The workshop was attended by representatives of the scientific community, local and central governments and by businessmen. The workshop was preceded by a press conference.
In October, a marina in Bydgoszcz was opened, one of the most impressive projects of this kind along the Polish waterways. The marina can take approximately 100 water craft at a time, including: canoes, motor boats and yachts.
On 7 November, a seminar was held at the European Parliament in Brussels, titled 'Inland waterways - all hands on board! How to improve connectivity in Europe?'. The seminar was combined with a study visit to the multimodal Port of Antwerp, where International Waterway E70 has its origins.
On 26 November 2012, at the Convention of Voivodeship Marshals in Gorzów Wielkopolski, the marshals adopted a position on taking measures towards Poland's participation in the European Transport Policy regarding inland waterway transport. Among the most important transport routes, the participants named the waterways of the Oder and the Vistula, the section of the IWW E70 connecting the two rivers and the Śląski Canal - a planned connection between the Oder with the Danube.
On 13 December, a conference was held titled "IWW E70. Opportunities for tourism and transport", combined with an opening of the exhibition on the IWW E70. The conference was attended by representatives of the Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy and guests from the Kaliningrad Oblast.
On 14 December in Warsaw, the Parliamentary Group for Waterways and Water Tourism and the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship organized a public meeting at the Senate devoted to the issues of development of the lower Vistula.
At the end of year 2012, Guide for Boaters was published about the Polish section of the IWW E70.
2011 – a period of a range of initiatives
The Cross-Regional Working Team for the IWW E70 met in Bydgoszcz on 9 November. The major point of the meeting's agenda was adoption of the assumptions of the Socio-Economic Analysis. The participants had a preliminary discussion on promotion strategies for the IWW E70. Works on the preparation of the IWW E70 Guide for Boaters were also presented.
On 5 March at the Trade Fair 'Wind and Water' in Warsaw, Zbigniew Ptak and Jerzy Wcisła, members of the Team for revitalisation of the IWW E70, were awarded the Friendly Shore Prizes. In the summer, a crew of film-makers shot a video titled Rivers-Roads (original title Rzeki-Drogi), promoting the IWW E70.
Several events related to the IWW E70 took place in the city of Elbląg. On 18 March, the Project 'IWW E70 - Tourism without Borders' was summed up, the project having been implemented in the Vistula Lagoon and the Russian waterways connecting this lagoon with the Curonian Lagoon. Within the project, a team of experts developed 'The general concepts of development of the IWW E70 in the section of the Vistula Lagoon and the Kaliningrad Lagoon'. On 11 April, the Local Tourist Organisation 'Kraina Zalewu Wiślanego' (Land of the Vistula Lagoon) was founded to deal with the issues of tourism development in this part of the IWW E70. On 8 November, a conference was held on 'Gdańsk-Kaliningrad-Elbląg - directions of cooperation between the ports'. Mr J. Wcisła was the leader of all these projects.
On 11 and 12 September 2011 in Bydgoszcz, local government officials and scientists met for the fifth time to discuss tourism based on a system of waterways. The conference was also attended by members of the Team for revitalisation of the IWW E70.
On 26 October at Nakło nad Notecią, the opening of a new marina dock was celebrated.
2010 - The concepts of revitalisation of the IWW E70 were adopted.
The Cross-Regional Working Team for IWW E70 development met six times in 2010:
-on 5 January - in Bydgoszcz;- on 8 and 9 March - in Kadyny (Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship); - on 11 June - in Bydgoszcz;- on 7 July in Malbork (Pomorskie Voivodeship); - on 19 July - at Przysiek near Toruń, - on 14 and 15 December at Kostrzyn nad Odrą (Lubuskie Voivodeship).
In Bydgoszcz, the decision was made to launch the IWW E70 website and it was resolved that the development of the concepts of revitalization of the IWW E70 will be developed by 31 March, including the issues of the Vistula Lagoon with Elbląg and the Vistula River up to Toruń.
At Kadyny, a range of issues regarding the feasibility study was discussed as well as the cooperation with the organizers of the 'Flis' - traditional floating of goods on the Noteć River. In Bydgoszcz, a decision was made to hold a consultation on the locations for the investments along the IWW E70. In Malbork and Przysiek, yet other issues related to the concepts were analysed and at Kostrzyn the Team considered the future use of the IWW E70 and methods for developing regional programs for tourism based on the attractions of the water routes.
On 19 October 2010 in Gdańsk, a conference of local government officials and scientists was held to discuss inland waterways issues in the context of sustainable development of northern Poland. At the conference, marshals of the six voivodeships prepared a Memorandum to the government to continue the revitalisation of the International Waterway E70 and adopted the Concepts of revitalisation of the Polish section of the IWW E70. Anna Wypych-Namiotko, Under-secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure, accepted the Memorandum of the five voivodeship marshals on behalf of the Government.
2009 - IWW E70 at Trade Fair, boaters' views and Working Team's activities.
In 2009, the Cross-Regional Working Team for IWW E70 development met five times:- on 9 and10 February in Drezdenko (Lubuskie Voivodeship);- on 23 July in Gdańsk; - on 1 and2 September in Toruń;- on 13 and14 October in Ląd (Wielkopolskie Voivodeship);- on 9 and10 November in Krynica Morska.
At Drezdenko, a decision was made to extend invitations to the Regional Water Management Boards, responsible for the maintenance of fairways, and to the respective local governments, managing activities on the rivers, to cooperate with the Working Team. In Gdańsk, a preliminary schedule was approved for works on the concepts of revitalisation of the IWW E70, in accordance with the Agreement of five province marshals to develop the concepts of IWW E70 revitalisation, signed in May. Coordination of work was entrusted to the Pomorskie Voivodeship. As decided earlier, the concepts would include a programme strategy, programme and spatial objectives and an environmental analysis of the proposed investment. In Toruń, the field research was analysed and the principles of tourist harbours classification were adopted. At Łąd, the Team concentrated on road, rail, sea and airline connections and on physiographic conditions of the IWW E70. At Krynica Morska, the IWW E70 promotional video was presented, the logo design was adopted and the strategy for the waterway promotion was unified.
In Warsaw, during the 'Wind and Water' Trade Fair (in March), a stand promoting the advantages of the IWW E70 was on exhibition. This was the first initiative to promote this waterway.
In the period between 24 June and 5 July, the motorboaters from Elbląg were the first team to travel the entire length of the Polish section of the IWW E70. The trip around Berlin and the entire route from Berlin to the Vistula Lagoon took 12 days.
2008 - Revitalisation programs for the IWW E70 and the Vistula Delta.
In 2008 the Cross-Regional Team met three times:- on 25 and 26 March at Smolarnia near Trzcianka (Wielkopolskie Voivodeship);- on 25and27 July in Kadyny (Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship); - on 1 September in Toruń (Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship);
In the period 25-27 July, during the 'E70 Forum' in Kadyny (Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship), marshals of six voivodeships signed an agreement to cooperate on developing a revitalization programme for the Polish section of the IWW E70, in order to improve the waterway's navigability to at least class II. Delegations from the German state of Brandenburg and from the Netherlands attended the conference.
The central subject of the meeting at Smolarnia was an attempt to assess the present condition of inland navigation and transport on the IWW E70, and to sum up information on all activities promoting water tourism. In Toruń, the participants were considering the idea of founding an organisation (e.g. an association) to deal with the IWW E70 issues.
On 21 April, a conference was held in Gdańsk on 'Economic revitalisation of the Vistula River Delta region through development of inland water transport'. The conference, organised jointly by the marshals of the Pomorskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeships, was attended by representatives of the government, universities and other institutions dealing with navigation and inland waterways. A common position was adopted, appealing to take appropriate measures towards the development of waterways.
Another crucial event was the Second Scientific and Local Government Symposium titled 'Revitalisation of the Vistula-Oder waterway - an opportunity for the region's economy', held in Bydgoszcz, which became a forum for the most important scientific debates on waterways.
2007 - IWW E70 Team started their work.
In September 2007, the Cross-Regional Working Team for IWW E70, appointed by the marshals of six voivodeships, started their work. The Team's members are: Marek Beer (Wielkopolskie Voivodeship), Maciej Krużewski (Kujawsko-Pomorskie), Zbigniew Ptak (Pomorskie), Jerzy Wcisła (Warmińsko-Mazurskie), Danuta Wujaszek (Lubuskie), Piotr Zegan (Zachodniopomorskie). Mr Z.Ptak was appointed President of the Team and Mr J.Wcisła became his Deputy. The Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship did not take any action within the agreement.
On 8 and 9 November, the first workshops of the Team were held regarding the development of the International Waterway E70 in Poland for the purpose of water tourism. The workshops were divided into three parts, during which 17 papers were delivered on such issues as the condition of the waterways in particular regions. The speeches were published in the book Development of IWW E70 in Poland for the purpose of tourism.
On 4 December 2007, at Bydgoszcz University, the First Scientific and Local Government Symposium was held titled "Revitalisation of the Vistula-Oder waterway - an opportunity for the region's economy." During the meeting, the condition of the Polish inland waterway transport was presented, with particular emphasis on the section connecting the Vistula and the Oder, which is part of the International Waterway E70.
2006 - Declaration of Cooperation and Memorandum to the Government of the Republic of Poland
On 5 August 2006 in the village of Kąty Rybackie (Pomorskie Voivodeship), the marshals of voivodeships: Pomorskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Lubuskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Wielkopolskie and Zachodniopomorskie signed a Declaration of Cooperation on the development along the International Waterway E70 in the territory of Poland. The Declaration gave rise to the creation of the Cross-Regional Working Team for the IWW E70.
10 years after the publication of the European AGN Convention on main inland waterways of international importance, the marshals of the voivodeships signed a Memorandum to the Polish Government in support of ratification of this convention by Poland. In the Memorandum, they pointed out that, apart from their importance for transport, the waterways being part of the IWW E70 ought to be utilised for their tourist advantages.
From the very beginning, one of the proponents of taking measures to revive the inland waterways in Poland was Mr Maciej Płażyński, Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland.