Municipal Council of Kraków

Krakow Coat of arms

The Municipal Council of Kraków (Crakow) is in the province of Malopolska, Poland. Krakow lies in the southern part of Poland on the Vistula River in a valley at the foot of the Carpathian Plateau. It is the capital of the Malopolska region (wojewodztwo).

The Kraków City Council has forty-three elected members, one of whom is the mayor, or the President of Kraków, elected every four years in an election by city voters through a secret ballot. The election of City Council and the local head of government, which takes place at the same time, is based on legislation introduced on 20 June 2002. As is the case of other large Polish cities, Krakow’s local government is county and commune rolled into one municipality.

Each president of the city of Kraków, known as the Mayor, fulfils his duties with the help of the City Council, city managers and the city inspectors. Their joint responsibilities include drafting and implementing resolutions, enacting city by-laws, managing the city budget as well as its administration, and preparing against floods and natural disasters.

The municipal council (rada gminy) is composed of members elected by direct universal suffrage for a four-year term. In addition to its legislative powers, this assembly votes the municipal budget and determine local taxes. The council appoints members of commissions from among the councillors. These commissions are responsible for the preparation of decisions taken by the council and for the supervision of its execution.

The executive board (zarzd gminy) is composed of the mayor and its deputies. It implements the decisions taken by the council. The mayor is elected by direct universal suffrage for a four-year term. She or he is the official representative of the municipality and is assisted by deputies elected by the council. The mayor is called wójt in rural municipalities, burmistrz in urban ones and prezydent miasta in towns of more than 100,000 inhabitants.

The head of the municipal administration (sekretarz gminy) is appointed by the council upon proposal of the mayor.

Competences

  • Public transport
  • Social services
  • Housing
  • Environment
  • Culture
  • Heath
  • Pre-primary and primary education

Note: Great urban municipalities in Poland have a special status with powers normally devoted to counties (powiat).

A Powiat (pronounced povyat) is the second level of Polish administrative division, between Voivodships and Communes. As such it is roughly equivalent to counties or districts in the United Kingdom.

There is no official equivalent of the name in English.

Some of the towns in a Voivodship can be centres of more than one powiat. The reason is that in several cases the town itself and its surroundings form separate entities of administrative division. This is usually the case for large Polish cities, but can also apply to several smaller towns.

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Małopolska

Accommodation

The Małopolska region has every type of accommodation available from simple rooms to the grand hotels and everything in between.

Accommodation Małopolska

 

Regional Food

One of the delights of travelling is to sample the food of the part of the world you are visiting. Małopolska will not be a disappointment to your palette.

Regional Food Małopolska

Highlights

City Break
Kraków is at the heart of Małopolska and each year thousands of tourists descend on the city to experience the sites and sounds and taste the food on offer. Although, it now has an abundance of fast food outlets and all the modern shops that you can find in any other European city, if you seek out the traditional Polish restaurants and explore it’s ancient Jewish quarter, you will discover the real historic capital of Poland.
Nowa Hutta
A place where locals will not most likely send you as this was where during the communism era, an industrial estate was established north east of Kraków.

However, it is well worth a visit as there are the Renaissance and Baroque stylised edifices of Tadeusz Sendzimir Administrative Centre along with Cistercian Abbey found in Mogiła village.

Nowy Sącz
Two rivers flowing from the Carpathian mountains meet here, Kamienica and the Dunajec. Worth a visit if you are heading to the mountains as there is the remnants of a castle and the Gothic collegiate church of St.Margaret built at the turn of the 14th and 15th century. Other sites can be found on the Nowy Sącz page.
Subterranean Kingdom of Salt
Wieliczka and Bochnia are possible the worlds best examples of what can be done artistically to a salt mine. Easily accessible from Kraków there are arranged tours that will take you deep underground to experience a carved domain that is unmissable. You will need good legs for this one as there are many steps!
National Parks
Małopolska has 6 National Parks and 11 Landscape Parks awaiting your discovery with about 53% of the region having protected status. There is even a desert. The Bledowska Sands is Central Europe’s largest accumulation of loose sand in an area away from any sea.
On foot, cycling or on horseback
This region is full of hiking trails and is very popular in the Carpathian Mountains. A number of cycle routes criss cross the province. The Polish are great horse lovers so it is not surprising that bridal ways take their pride of place in Małopolska.
Winter
53 skiing stations welcome winter sports people to the region catering for all ages and abilities. Since 1980 the Zakopane Ski-jumping Word Cup has taken place each year.
Traditions
Małopolska is a diverse region with Cracovians in the north and Highlanders in the south. Many of the old traditions survive to the present day with festivals, saints days and traditional food still flourishing.
Wooden Delights
With about 30% of Poland given over to forests even today, wooden architecture plays a significant roll in the present day and the past. The Carpathian Mountains are a flush with spruce, fir and larch forests as well as the broad leaf oak and beech. The Małopolska Wooden Architecture Route stretching for some 1500km includes 248 buildings with about 50 available for viewing in summer.
Małopolska UNESCO Route
UNESCO sites in Poland five of which are located within this region.

Links

Municipal Council of Kraków - Malopolskie - Poland Travel Guide

Tatra Mountains in southern Poland