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Opole Agglomeration

The metropolitan area of Opole (Opole Agglomeration) is located in the south-western part of Poland. It consits of 21 municipalities and covers the area of 2370 km². Its population of over 337.000 inhabitants is characterized by a rich cultural diversity and strong national minorities (Germans, Ukrainians).

The main areas of cooperation are: strategic and spatial planning, economic development, joint promotional activities to attract foreign investors, technology transfer to local business and industry, collective transport, environmental protection, flood protection, cooperation in crisis management, education, culture, sport and tourism.

AOT is the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) strategy holder and acts as an Intermediate Body (IB) in the implementation structure of Regional Operational Programme for Opolskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 (ROP).

Opole (the largest city of the agglomeration) is the capital of Opolskie region (voivodeship). With its long history dating back to the 8th century is one of the oldest cities in Poland. Once a year, it also becomes the capital of polish song. The National Festival of Polish Song has been held here annually since 1963 and each year new regular events, fairs, shows and competitions take place. Opole is also an academic city with a number of universtites and research centers.

The main sectors of the economy are metal industry, agricuture, food processing, cement industry and energy production. Attractive investment areas can be found in both rural and urban areas along A4 highway, connecting the agglomeration with Wroclaw, Katowice and Krakow.

In addition to TROPA VERDE, other projects co-financed by the European Union regarding waste management and recycling (eg concerning construction of "green points") are implemented in the metropolitan area. The city of Opole also participates as a partner in a project called RESOURCEFUL CITIES implemented under URBACT Action Planning Network. This project seeks to develop the next generation of urban resource centres, so they can serve as catalysts of the local circular economy, by adopting a participative and integrated approach.

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