The City of Gdansk with the population over 460 thousand belongs to the group of largest cities in Poland (262 km2) and plays a role of a capital of the Pomorskie Region and a heart of political, economic and social life of the regional community numbering nearly 2 million inhabitants. It is situated in the Bay of Gdansk at the mouth of the Vistula River on the Baltic Sea, it is Poland’s principal, deep sea port.
The City of Gdansk is realizing tasks of both gmina (commune) and powiat (county). Therefore the City of Gdansk has the responsibility for all public matters of local significance: education, public health promotion and protection, social welfare services, family support policy, assistance to the disabled, employment, maintaining public order and collective security, maintenance of powiat facilities and public utilities, local infrastructure, electricity and heath supply, public transport, fire protection, supporting cultural institutions, sport and tourism, constructing and maintaining roads, environmental protection, municipal housing.
The legislative authority of the City of Gdansk is performed by the City Council. The Mayor of Gdansk, elected in direct elections, is the executive authority. The Mayor exercices direct general supervision over managing the municipal property and the property entrusted to municipal management, organization and functioning of the municipal office, security and public order, civil defense and emergency conditions.
Gdansk is a vivid, historic and industrial city located in the Southern part of the Baltic Sea. Nowadays it is the largest metropolitan area of the Northern Poland. Together with the city of Gdynia, Sopot and the neighboring smaller towns it forms almost one million inhabitants agglomeration.
Gdansk’s transport strategy focuses on integrating the existing bus, tram and commuter train systems, on improving traffic management, safety and security in PT, and developing an urban cycling and walking culture through the infrastructure investments and soft measures.
As all European cities Gdansk faces the problem of ageing community (over 120 000 citizens age is 60+), and what is very significant for Polish cities, the older generation of citizens is mostly living in the city centre, in the Old Town of Gdansk. For many years the needs of elderly people were neglected, not only by the municipality but also in a broader context. The City authorities decided to take steps to change this situation and made efforts to activate this group of citizens. GreenSAM project can help to gain experience and best practice solutions from other BSR partners in the field of senior mobility and adopt them into our circumstances in Gdansk.
The Municipality initiates and supports international cooperation realizing different European projects. Gdansk’s authorities appreciate importance of experience and best practice exchange with peers from other cities and countries as a unique value and cognitive development.
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