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.
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.
The Małopolska region has every type of accommodation available from simple rooms to the grand hotels and everything in between.Accommodation Małopolska
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
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.
Municipal Council of Kraków - Malopolskie - Poland Travel Guide