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Blog about the Polish-Slovak co-operation and its positive effects

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The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world onto its head! It has forced us to change our habits, locked us in our homes, thwarted many plans and cancelled trips abroad. It has made us look for moments of respite from the grim reality in our own country, region and surroundings. However, every cloud has a silver lining. Our focus has changed to supporting local tourism, local businesses, local institutions. But, most of all, we rediscover our regions. And a lot has changed in them thanks to investments and projects carried out with strong support from European funds. Naturally, many of us who want to go to the mountains will traditionally choose Zakopane –without doubt,  it is the capital of the Tatras. But maybe sometimes it is worthwhile to think about alternative options. For those who have a passion for exploring and adventure we have an imaginative guide to interesting places worth visiting on the Polish-Slovak borderland. There will be suggestions for the active ones, but also proposals of short trips to the borderland without even moving from the armchair. We will show you what changes have been brought about by EU projects carried out on the Polish-Slovak borderland, what the cooperation with our neighbours is like and how together we are adapting to the era of pandemic. Enjoy!

 

The historical-cultural-natural route around the Tatras

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Raised Bogs – a Unique European Area on the Polish-Slovak Borderland

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Museum on the tracks –  discovering the history of the narrow-gauge railroad on the Polish-Slovak borderland

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Tracing the monuments of technology from Podhale to Liptov

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Sypaniec in Koci Zakątek

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Saving from oblivion photographs of the Polish-Slovak Tatra Foothills and Tatra Mountains

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Tatra Lapidarium - the Tatra Mountains in miniature

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In the footsteps of the Olympians

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The world of old pharmacy on the Polish-Slovak border

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Culinary traditions of the Polish-Slovak Borderland

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Preserving fire fighting traditions and techniques in the Polish-Slovak borderland

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The culture and nature of Polish-Slovak Spisz

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Discovering the forgotten history and culture of the Polish-Slovak borderland

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Stary Sącz and Levoča - Carpathian towns with a climate

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Open Museums - old industrial plants and craftsmen's workshops

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In almost every town and village on the Polish-Slovak border, you  come across characteristic boards with the EU flag. There are so many of them that we stop noticing them – maybe also because, let's face it, they are not the most attractive things. But sometimes it is worth stopping and allowing ourselves some reflection, because these boards are the sign that, in a particular place, something has been created thanks to EU funds. A bumpy road, where you could damage your car’s suspension, suddenly became a ribbon of smooth asphalt, the village acquired a sewage system and even a sewage treatment plant. Volunteer firefighters, rescuers from the Mountain Volunteer Rescue Service (GOPR), Tatras Volunteer Rescue Service (TOPR),  the Slovak Mountain Rescue Service (Horská Záchranná służba) and the Pieniny National Park (PIENAP) all received new equipment to help them keep tourists safe, and so on and so forth.... The challenge is to imagine what the borderland would be like if not for the Polish-Slovak cooperation and EU funds. It is much better to let your imagination run wild and think about what else could be created and what could change.


Publikacja wyraża jedynie poglądy autora i nie może być utożsamiana z oficjalnym stanowiskiem Ministerstwa Spraw Zagranicznych RP.


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Blog prepared in the project entitled: "Cooperation that enhances and develops as a key to a positive image of Poland on the international arena", co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland as part of the competition "Public Diplomacy 2020 - a new dimension".

Project co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development
Fund under the Republic of Poland - Slovak Republic Cross-border Co-operation Operational
Programme 2007-2013 and from the funds of the Malopolskie Voivodship