IWW E70 Working Team

In September 2007, on the initiative of the Marshals of voivodeships ( Lubuskie, Wielkopolskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Pomorskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie), the Cross-Regional Working Team was appointed for the Polish section of the IWW E70. The team members were appointed from the representatives of the local governments concerned. The Pomorskie Voivodeship was entrusted with the coordination of the team's work. Mr Zbigniew Ptak was appointed President of the Team and Mr Jerzy Wcisła became his Deputy.

Members of the Team


Marek Beer (Wielkopolskie Voivodeship) Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at the Office of the Marshal of the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship.  

Maciej Krużewski (Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship). Marshal's Plenipotentiary for Coordination of Development Programmes; President of the Marshal's Advisory Committee for Revitalisation of Waterways in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, member of the Committee for Promotion of Inland Waterway Transport at the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy; participant of the InWater Project.  

Zbigniew Ptak (Pomorskie Voivodeship). Pomorskie Voivodeship Marshal's Plenipotentiary for Inland Navigation, President of the Cross-Regional Team for the IWW E70, member of the Committee for Promotion of Inland Waterway Transport at the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy.  

Jerzy Wcisła (Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship) Director of the Regional Office in Elbląg of the Warmińsko-Mazurkie Voivodeship Marshal's Office; Vice-President of the Cross-Regional Team for the IWW E70; member of the Committee for Promotion of Inland Waterway Transport at the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy; Vice-President of the Water Management Council for the Region of the Lower Vistula.  

Danuta Wesołowska-Wujaszek (Lubuskie Voivodeship) Deputy Director of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport at the Lubuskie Voivodeship Marshal's Office; member of the Committee for Promotion of Inland Waterway Transport at the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy.  

Team work

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.

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.


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.

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.

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. 

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.

 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.

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.

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