In Katowice, in the presence of the EU Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, Vice Prime Minister, Jarosław Gowin, and Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, the Upper Silesia-Zagłębie Metropolis and the Polish Development Fund signed an cooperation agreement on implementation of unmanned aircraft pilot services within the Upper Silesia – Zagłębie region followed by promotion of their experiences in other local government units and cities.
In October this year multidisciplinary teams will commence works aimed at developing the unmanned aircraft (UA) service specification, procedures, budget and identifying and resolving the existing legal and infrastructural obstacles. The next stage will consist in commissioning and implementing pilot services. Experienced gained throughout the project will be summarised in guides on implementation of UA services addressed at towns, cities, and local government units in Poland. The activity is being executed within the scope of the Żwirko and Wigura Flagship Programme.
The Minister of Enterprise and Technology, Jadwiga Emilewicz, present at the signing of the agreement said: “Drones are the future, it is a huge emerging market. Poland does not want to be a mere consumer of these technologies, we want to create them. The unmanned aircraft pilot services implemented in the Upper Silesia- Zagłębie Metropolis will undoubtedly help us attain this goal. These projects will also effect the strengthening of cooperation between businesses and local government units for the benefit of both parties. Efficient tools aiding towns, cities, and local governments in carrying out their statutory tasks will be created. The demand for services that is necessary for the development of companies in the industry will increase.”
“The agreement signed as of today by the Upper Silesia- Zagłębie Metropolis and Polish Development Fund is a result of PFR’s cooperation with local government units within one of the most innovative areas of economy: drone technologies and services. It is also an example of how, in the modern era, innovations are implemented by and in cooperation with local governments. The agreement aims at execution of four pilot services: landfill monitoring, smog monitoring, postal services monitoring in selected Metropolitan member cities and, last but not least, supervision and monitoring of major infrastructure investments within the Metropolis. The achievement of such specific objectives will show us how many problems and challenges we have to resolve along the way, so that drone technologies will develop on the Polish market,” said Bartłomiej Pawlak, PFR board member.