5th CONGRESS OF URBAN MOVEMENTS

                                          SILESIA 18-21 MAY 2017


The guiding title of the 5th Congress of Urban Movements is DEMOCRACY / CO-RESPONSIBILITY. We will gather a few hundred people – representatives of dozens of cities – to discuss, inspire, look for solutions, share knowledge, and set the lines for action on relevant issues in the field of urban policy. We will talk about the functioning and development of Polish cities, creating the optimal conditions for urban democracy and networking opportunities, in some specific fields such as housing, regeneration, sustainable transport, urban ecology and equal opportunities. Our aim – for 5 consecutive years – is to extend the influence of citizens living in cities on local, regional and national politics.


Location: Historic Coal Mine Ignacy in Rybnik / Moscicki str. 3
„How to transform a mining town and guarantee well-being to people?”

16.00-16.30 – Opening of Rybnik’s Day on KRM
16.30-18.00 – Start of 3 parallel discussion panels:
– The importance of local media, Olek Gorat
– Smog, Krzysztof Oles
– Silesian identity, Piotr Masłowski
18.00-18.30 – Coffee break
18.30-19.00 – Summary of meetings
19.00- Visit of KWK Inga historic coal mine

FRIDAY, MAY 19 – Fed-KRM Extraordinary General Meeting

Location: Palace of Culture in the Dąbrowa Górnicza / Freedom Square 1

12.00-17.00 – Extraordinary General Meeting of the KRM Federation (Fed-KRM) members.
Convened under § 25 of the Fed-KRM Statute. Among invited are attorneys (with voice acting), members of the federation’s organizations and registered guests.
12.00-16.00 – Cinema of the city / open cultural space (documentaries, exhibitions)
16.30-17.00 – Registration of Fed-KRM EGM participants

17.00-17.30 – Congress opening

  • Fed-KRM Board: where the KRM comes from, the idea of the 5th KRM meeting, the expected results of the general meeting
  • Sylwia Widzisz-Pronobis, organizer of the 5th KRM meeting, Free Association of Green Artists, Bytom: Why the KRM meeting in Silesia?
  • Zbigniew Podraza, President of Dąbrowa Górnicza.
  • Jacek Jaśkowiak, President of Poznań, as a member of the board of the Association of Polish Cities.
  • Dr. Andreas Billert, intellectual father of KRM – reading the message to the Congress.
  • Basic organizational info.

17.30-19.30 – Meeting of „progressive” mayors

Moderation: Joanna Erbel, Foundation “Near”, Warsaw.


  • – Marcin Bazylak, Deputy President of Dąbrowa Górnicza,
  • – Robert Biedroń, President of Słupsk,
  • – Ewa Chorus, Deputy Mayor of Wadowice,
  • – Jacek Jaśkowiak, President of Poznań,
  • – Anna Jedynak, Deputy President of Sosnowiec.

19.30-21.00 – City Laboratory

Presentation of concrete achievements and progressive initiatives in Polish cities, and their European inspirations

21.00- After Party at Defum / Open event

SATURDAY, May 20th

Location: ICC in Katowice, 1 Sławik and Antalla Square / entrance from the Spodek side

HOUSING – Room 7 – 10.00-13.30

At 15:00 we will join the Pact of Amsterdam group

Coordination and moderation:

  • – Joanna Erbel, Foundation “Near”, Warsaw
  • – Hanna Gill-Piątek, Łódź

The meeting includes topics from three areas:

National – laws for the protection of tenants and the program „Apartment +”.

Local – review of good practices and examples of housing initiatives in different cities – with the intention to create a database of good solutions – the bank of ideas.

Pragmatic – the biggest challenge, with which we have the problems locally is how we can support each other in the field of housing.

CITY OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES – Room 6 – 10.00-18.00

After 18.00 Herstory Walk with the Women’s Trail

Coordination and moderation:

  • – Lidia Makowska, Association Lepszy Gdańsk (Better Gdańsk) / Trójmiejska Akcja Kobieca (Gdańsk Women’s Action)
  • – Małgorzata Tkacz-Janik, Women’s Congress, Gliwice
  • – Agnieszka Labus, Silesian University of Technology, Foundation for Laboratory of Architecture 60+, Gliwice, Bytom.

We will diagnose the needs and the solutions concerning the principle of equal opportunities, as we practice it in our cities. What kind of actions exists? What tools can we learn during the 5th KRM meeting? We will share concrete know-how, examples of good practices and create common recommendations / guidelines for equality strategies in our cities. We meet first at the 5th KRM meeting in Katowice and then at the 9th Congress of Women in Poznan (9-10 September 2017).

Among others, we will look at the issue of access to services financed from municipal budgets, equality in employment in municipal offices and companies, access to urban space, senior and pro-health policies, counteracting exclusion and anti-discrimination education. We will discuss those issues with: City Mayors: Robert Biedroń (Słupsk) and Jacek Jaśkowiak (Poznań), Marzena Strzelczak (Forum of Responsible Business), experts on equality policy, Dr. Barbara Kijewska and plenipotentiaries and chairwomen of councils on equality in cities, among others. Beata Maciejewska, Dr Anna Strzałkowska, dr Agnieszka Labus

At 18.00 we will go for a (her)storical walk in the footsteps of the first female deputies of the Autonomous Republic of Silesia (1922-39), prepared by the Association of Women’s Trails.

URBAN ECOLOGY – Room 8 – 10.00-13.30

Coordination and moderation:

  • – Patryk Białas, Foundation for Repairing the City, Clean Air, Katowice
  • – Aleksandra Zienkiewicz, Association of the City of Trees, Wroclaw
  • – Paweł Głuszyński, Zero Waste Poland

Working group members:

  • – Przemek Filar, Association of Beautification of the City of Wroclaw
  • – Beata Nowak, „Green News”, Warsaw
  • – Emilia Piotrowska, Warsaw Smog Alarm
  • – Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart, Green Zone Foundation, Warsaw

Introduction of the three leading topics:

  1. „Good climate for the city” – clean air and adaptation to climate change – Piotr Białas

  2. „Nature in the city” – trees, shrubs, parks, avenues, gardens, social gardens, green waste – Aleksandra Zienkiewicz

  3. Waste management in the city” – EU regulations and their implementation, why and how to oppose incinerators, how to promote well-implemented circular economy ? – Paweł Głuszczyński

World cafe” around three tables: each group will work out a map of issues and challenges. What issue / challenge? What kind of answer? Map of partners and leading cities.

PACT OF AMSTERDAM – Room 8 – 15:00 – 18:00
The groups “Housing” and “City of equal opportunities” are invited to join the “Pact of Amsterdam” session

The Pact of Amsterdam is a New European Union Urban Agenda adopted May 30, 2016, signed also by the Polish Government. We will learn about and discuss the new EU framework for cities, following the 2007 Leipzig Charter. The key questions: What visions guided the authors of the Pact, what debates took place in EP? What about the progressive cities as we like them (see Barcelona, Grenoble), is the PA useful for them? How does the Pact of Amsterdam could impact the local governments in European and Polish cities (examples, cases?) and what can we, as urban movements, expect from local authorities? How does the Polish government react? Which priorities, out of 12 PA’s priorities are supported by the Polish government and how? Are the local governments free to choose other priorities? How to use the PA for improving the housing policy and make our cities more democratic, open, equal and just?

  • Coordination and moderation:
    – Beata Nowak, „Green News” magazine, Warsaw,
    – Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart, Green Zone Foundation, Warsaw.
  • – Aleksandra Kluczka, AEGEE-Europe / European Students’ Forum – ‎European Movement International, Brussels

Invited guests:

  • – Daniel Baliński, Deputy Director, Department of Development Strategy, Ministry of Development
  • – Yan Dupas, Advisor Regional development, Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament
  • – Jan Olbracht, Member of European Parliament, EPP group (in REGI Committee) – tbc.

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY – Start at MCC – 10.00-17.00

Coordination and moderation:
– Bartosz Mazur, Foundation for Repairing the City, Katowice
– Marcin Domański, Foundation for Repairing the City, Katowice

– Wojciech Makowski, Cycling Officer at Poznań City Hall
– Maciej Słobodzian, Green activist, Wrocław

Take a trip to the far (and perhaps not so distant?) suburbs of any agglomeration, in order to get to know the realities of living and traveling in the world of single family homes, where cars have their safe refuge in home garages and it’s a shame to show without a suit for a Sunday mass. Not without reason we will go by bus, and we will return by train. We would like to propose GOPGear – a project implemented by the City Repair Foundation, which is oriented towards the promotion of public transport. We organize cyclical races of various means of transport, trying to reproduce as real as possible the realities of everyday life. But there is one more thing – in such suburbs parents will take the youngest kids to kindergarten, but high school youth must somehow get to school on their own. We will see how often the bus runs, where is the stop, how to get to the train station.

Tour schedule

SMALL AND MEDIUM TOWNS – Room 7 – 15.00-19.00

The debate is focused on the challenges facing mobility in and around smaller towns.
Coordination and moderation:
– Witold Gawda, Dialogue Łomianki.
– Wiesław Belz, Association of Cultural Managers
– Marta Jaskulska, Pomeranian Active Local Association, Pruszcz Gdański

Most Poles live in small and medium-sized towns. At the same time, most urban movements operate in large cities. The purpose of the session will be to diagnose the roots of this state of affairs, to share experiences and to present good practices that break the specific limitations that we encounter in small towns and in medium-sized cities. During the discussion, we will use the achievements of the Small City Leaders project implemented by the School of Leaders and the project “You have the voice – You have the choice” addressed to activists from smaller towns.

Pre-conference discussion started already in the group of
Our Small Towns.

Location: RONDO SZTUKI, Katowice:


Discussion around the book: „Finding the city. Polish urban issue from a long-te

perspective”,with the participation of the author of the book: Paweł Kubicki, Institute of European Studies, Cracow.

– Lech Mergler, Right to the City, Poznań

Professor Maria Janion asked in the title of her essay, „Will you know what you survived?” We now ask whether we know what we are doing by creating urban movements and trying to change our cities. Are we aware of the long, historic process of degradation of Polish cities? And that only recently the conditions appeared to reverse this degradation? Are we aware of our role? What is the city, how to „invent” and defend it? Are cities the hope for democracy?


Location: Bytom Square in Bytom, ul. Wroclawska 34 – 10:00 – 11:30


– Piotr Jakoweńko, City Association for Residents, Bytom
– Agata Tecl-Szubert
– Szymon Pietrasiewicz, Lublin
– Aleksandra Herisz, Free Association of Green Artists, Bytom


Local referendum – current status, proposals for changes.
Coordination and moderation:
– Piotr Ciompa, Institute of Citizens Affairs, Łódź
– Rafał Górski, Institute of Citizens Affairs, Łódź
– Tomasz Zakrzewski, referendumlokalne.pl

CYCLE: Guide to Urban Democracy.


– Ewa Stokłuska, Shipyard Foundation, Warsaw
– Anna Bonus-Mackiewicz, Town Hall of Gorzów Wielkopolski
– Paweł Winiarski, Initiative of Mickiewicz Street, Bytom

CYCLE: Guide to Urban Democracy.


Coordinates, moderates:
– Tomasz Wierzbicki, Right to the City Association, RM Poznań
– Paweł Kołacz, Time of Residents Association, Toruń
– Michał Bieda, Bytom

Only in about one fifth of cities and towns the inhabitants have the right to submit their draft resolution to the city council (which does not mean adoption of such a resolution). Many of the signatures in favour of the project are not accepted and usually range from a few to 10% of the electorate. In Poznań, after a few rehearsals with the IUM, we are changing the city statute to radically reduce the number of required signatures for the civilian draft resolution to 5,000. What is the meaning of IUM? What are the experiences of other cities? What are the optimal regulations?

CYCLE: Guide to Urban Democracy.

Location: KWK Poland Towers in Świętochłowice, ul. Wojska Polskiego 16

COOPERATION OF RESIDENTS – Multimedia room – 10.00-13.30

Utilizing the influence of the locals on specific decisions about the city

Coordination and moderation:
– Dagmara Kubik, Foundation for Social Affairs, Katowice
– Lech Mergler, Law Society for the City, Poznań

Can you, and in what way, enable the residents to take part in specific city decisions, directly related to their life? Regulations and procedures that allow residents to participate in concrete decisions concerning the different spheres of city life. Acquisition of competences by residents, allowing for effective use of existing legal and procedural possibilities. Organizing residents’ activities aimed at participation in decision-making processes.

CYCLE: Guide to Urban Democracy.

REVITALIZATION – Multimedia room – 15.00-19.00

What do we already know about revitalization? Are we going in the right direction?

Concept and moderation:
– Grzegorz Pronobis, architect, Free Association of Green Artists, Bytom City Association for Residents

Participants in the debate:
– Hanna Gill-Piątek, Łódź
– Wojciech Kłosowski, Gorzów
– Jacek Grunt-Mejer, Warsaw
– Piotr Koj, Bytom

Location: Chorzów, ul. Dąbrowskiego 36, Uniwersyteckie I Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Juliusza Słowackiego

DISCUSSION on MUNICIPAL’s ELECTION Assembly hall – 15.00-19.00

Politics’ backstage, what do we learn from the 2010 and 2014 local elections?

– Marta Bejnar-Bejnarowicz, Association of People for the City, RM Gorzów,
– Jan Mencwel, The City Is Ours, Warsaw

Participants in the debate:
– Piotr Masłowski, Forum of Citizens Rybnik, Rybnik
– Dorota Bonk-Hammermeister, Law Society for the City, Poznań,
– Paweł Kołacz, Time People’s Association, Toruń,
– Piotr Wielgus, Foundation for Sustainable Development, Toruń.

This meeting will gather the representatives of urban movements, who have participated (more or less successfully) in the last municipal elections.

SUNDAY, May 21st.

International Congress Center in Katowice, 1 Sławik and Antalla Square / entrance from the Spodek side

10.00-11.30 – Plenary summary of the 5th Congress of Urban Movements

– Brief presentation of work in workshop and seminar groups and their results.

– Announcement of the Fed-KRM positions agreed at the general meeting and other communications for public information.

– Appeals and declarations on behalf of all KRM participants.

– Free voices and conclusions, including a summarizing statement by the organizers and the new board of Fed-KRM.

– Evaluation Procedure of V KRM – information.


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