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The Polish Standing Conference on the International Cooperation of Local Self-Governments (SOKWMS) was established at the initiative of Marshal of the Wielkopolska region Marek Woźniak, as a platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices strengthening civic and self-government dimension of the Polish foreign policy. Up to date four editions of this event were organized in Poznań (2012, 2013), Lodz (2014) and Kielce (2015), co-organized and co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. You will find further information on each of the Conferences below in the information titled “About SOKWMS”.

SOKWMS was an important platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices concerning the co-operation between the Polish self-governments and the government administration, as well as between self-governments of all levels. Each edition of the Conference gathered numerous participants: representatives of self-government and government administration, politicians, representatives of scientific organizations and NGOs from Poland and abroad. During the events there were discussed challenges faced by the local and regional self-governments in the field of international cooperation.

The organizer of the 4th Polish Standing Conference on the International Cooperation of Local Self-Governments entitled Poland - Nordic countries. Self-government dimension of international cooperation” was the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship. During the event participants discussed, among others, issues connected with the success of the Polish self-government reform and Polish-Nordic relations, especially at the level of self-governments.

The Conference was organized within a project under the same name, co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the call for proposals "Support for local government and civic dimension of Polish foreign policy 2015".

If you are interested in the themes covered by the Conference, here you will find the information concerning the event as well as the post-conference recommendations.