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Open meeting of ITS POLSKA’s Regional Branch in Lublin
29 January 2013, Lublin

On 29 January 2013, an open meeting of ITS POLSKA’s Regional Branch in Lublin was held at the Teachers’ Home at 4 Akademicka Street in Lublin. The meeting was attended by members and friends of ITS Polska, invited guests and individuals that learned about the meeting by listening to Polish Radio Lublin. The attendance is attached. Before the meeting, at 2 p.m. director Jerzy Ekiert gave an interview to Jacek Bieniaszkiewicz of Radio Lublin. A report on the interview was broadcast on the radio at 3 p.m. in the radio station’s automotive programme, even before the meeting.  

At 4 p.m., Jerzy Ekiert, the director of the Lublin branch, opened the meeting and welcomed the guests, including
•    Anna Dembińska – Organisational Director of ITS POLSKA,
•    Jacek Czerniak, MP, represented by Jędrzej Jędrzejewski,
•    Stanisław Żmijan, MP, represented by Marek Żmijan,
•    Marek  Żmijan, a representative of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways,
•    Eugeniusz Janicki, a representative of Lublin City Hall,
•    representatives of the Lublin Roads and Bridges Authority, including Andrzej Bałaban, the Head of the Traffic Engineering Department,
•    Krzysztof Tajer, president of the Lublin Branch of the Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians,
•    Dr Jerzy Gryz, President of the Lublin Land in Europe Association.

Jerzy Ekiert reminded the attendees of three items of the agenda for the meeting:
1.    an audiovisual summary of the seminar called “Intelligent Road Transport Systems for Roads Managed by Provincial, District and Municipal Authorities”, organised by the Lublin Regional Branch of ITS POLSKA.

2.    an audiovisual summary of a seminar organised by ITS POLSKA to mark the completion of the Traffic Control Centre in Szczecin.

3.    an evaluation of the legal status of EU funding and the present technical condition and preparatory technical documentation of the Via Carpathia transit route – National Road 19 / four countries, one road/, after the European Parliament’s unsuccessful vote on funding for the Białystok – Lublin section of the route.

Jerzy Ekiert asked Władysław Skonecki to discuss the first item on the agenda. Based on an audiovisual presentation, Mr Skonecki gave a brief talk about the issues discussed at the inaugural seminar of the Lublin Regional Branch of ITS POLSKA on 21 September 2012.

Władysław Skonecki stressed that 15 speeches had been given at the seminar. He notes the diversity of topics and the various speakers, i.e. academic experts, specialists representing major supplies of services for the transport, road building and traffic engineering industries, and local government representatives. In particular, Mr Skonecki referred to a speech on “the costs of recapitalising local and regional roads caused by their use by oversized vehicles versus the costs of installing ITS systems for protection” given by Ms Anna Nizioł, director of the District Road Authority in Puławy. At this point, the guests began a discussion, confirming the main points of the speech, i.e. that the problem is that building express roads or motorways results in the destruction of local roads. Mr Skonecki also told the attendees about two other speeches on traffic modelling and prediction, prepared by Barbara Wójtowicz, Władysław Skonecki and Krzysztof Żaba. Jerzy Ekiert noted that the problems covered by the speeches had been highly rated by academics and in practical applications.

The second item on the agenda was dealt with by Jerzy Ekiert, who presents his comments on the “Traffic Management System in Szczecin” conference, which he had attended on 29-30 November 2012.  He noted that the conference had included 11 speeches, including one given by Radosław Tumielewicz of Szczecin City Hall, on the Traffic Management System in Szczecin. He gave a detailed speech using a presentation prepared by Mr Tumielewicz. The speech attracted great attention and was followed by questions asked by, in particular, the representatives of Lublin City Hall. In response to the questions, Mr Ekiert emphasised the fact that the Traffic Control System in Szczecin had taken only 8 months to complete.

The third item on the agenda was also discussed by Jerzy Ekiert, who presented the issues and problems connected with the construction of the Via Carpathia transit route, based on resources available on the websites of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways and the Ministry of Transport. Mr Ekiert’s presentation referred to a meeting held in the town of Łańcut and regarding agreements between the transport ministries of Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Mr Ekiert reminded the attendees that the Transport Committee of the European Parliament had voted on the inclusion of Road S19 in the base network as part of the ongoing revision of TEN-T transport routes. Unfortunately, the European MPs voted against an amendment that would have made the S19 road one of the major roads in the EU. As part of its negotiations with the European Commission, the Polish government succeeded in including only a short section between Rzeszów and Lublin in the main network of European roads. However, the sections from the state border to Rzeszów and from Lublin to the border with Lithuania were not included in the main road system, which means that their construction may be put off until as late as 2040. Mr Ekiert noted that the negotiations on the revision of the guidelines for the TEN-T trans-European transport network as part of the next EU budget perspective were still under way and, therefore, it was necessary to offer the support of our community and many other communities, including the following associations:  ITS POLSKA, the Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians, the Lublin Region in Europe Association, as well as local government activists, in their steps aimed at including the entire Via Carpathia route in the TEN-T base network. Since the European Parliament in Strasbourg plans to approve the priorities of the future transport policy in February 2013, extensive measures are necessary to support Polish members of the European Parliament in their efforts aimed at re-including the construction of the Via Carpathia on the EU agenda for the years to come, not the 2030s or the 2050s.

1.    The attendees found the topics interesting and a source of additional information on the problems discussed.
2.    The formation of the Lublin Regional Branch of ITS POLSKA makes access to information easier.
3.    The attendees have expressed their support and recommendation for the ITS POLSKA members to takes steps with regard to continued efforts by the Polish members of the European Parliament aimed at including the construction of the Via Carpathia route in Poland as a Central European international road into the TEN-T  base network.

Prepared by Barbara Wójtowicz, MA
Secretary, Władysław Skonecki, MSc    Director, Jerzy Ekiert, MSc

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