President Andrzej Duda signed a new law in Katowice about a metropolitan union in the Silesian province. On the basis of the Act, from July this year a”supermetropoly” consisting of almost 40 cities in Silesia will begin to formally operate.
The government passed a metropolitan law for the Silesia province on March 9. Members of the ruling party and the opposition were almost unanimous in this matter. A week later, the law passed by the Senate, and yesterday, the document was signed by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda. The ceremonial signing of the statute took place in the Silesian Voivodship Office in Katowice.
Based on the signed law, major Silesian cities will formally operate as one unified metropoly from July this year. This “supermetropoly” will unify more than two million residents, consisting of almost 40 towns of Silesia. The core cities of the metropolis will be: Bytom, Chorzów, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Gliwice, Katowice, Mysłowice, Piekary Śląskie, Ruda Śląska, Siemianowice Śląskie, Sosnowiec, Świętochłowice, Tychy and Zabrze.
Due to the fact that there is no single dominant city in Silesia there is a competition between municipal governments in spending too much public money. For example, neighboring cities are competing in building new convention centers (International Congress Center in Katowice, EXPO Silesia in Sosnowiec) or sports halls (Gliwice Hall, Spodek in Katowice, Zagłębie Sport Park) even though they are unlikely to fully fill their audiences. Metropolis is to remedy such unsuccessful investments. The new law will also improve public transport systems, including organization and development of new routes (buses, streetcarts, railway).