Poland embraces PPPs, report shows

More than 220 projects currently underway in Poland may end up being procured as public-private partnerships (PPPs), a report from the Polish PPP Centre says. During the first half of 2010, Polish local authorities have announced 38 PPP projects, up from the 34 announced throughout 2009.

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are becoming increasingly popular in Poland with regional authorities emerging as the main force behind this uptick, a recent report by Poland’s PPP Centre,  a government-supported organisation founded in 2008, shows.
The report – called PPP Projects in Poland as at August 2010 – points out that there are currently 220 projects underway throughout the country that may end up being procured as PPPs.
It also shows a clear year-on-year increase in the usage of PPP schemes, pointing out that local authorities have announced 38 PPPs/concessions during the first half of 2010, compared to a total of 34 PPPs/concessions announced during the whole of last year.
Mazovia, in central Poland, Wielkopolska, to the west, and Silesia, in the south, are the most active regions, accounting for 54 percent of the PPP projects planned by Polish regional authorities, the report shows.
About 49 percent of the PPPs being planned are in the sports sector (Poland will host the European football championship in 2012) followed by transportation and parking deals (25 percent), refurbishment projects (eight percent) and healthcare (seven percent).
Local media sources say the ministry of economy has been running an extensive information campaign with regional authorities, holding conferences, seminars and workshops focused on PPP planning.