Dutch water sector goes to work in Poland

Published: 25 June 2014

The Dutch water sector was given additional encouragement today to go to work in Poland. A consortium including Deltares signed two agreements today in Warsaw in the presence of Minister Ploumen, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.
Koning Willem Alexander en Koningin Maxima

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima

Partners for International Business in Poland

Alongside Deltares, the other members of the consortium are Rothuizen, Arcadis, EuroLandscape and RDH. The first agreement to be signed was ‘Partners for International Business (PIB)’, together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The PIB is designed for a group of companies and research institutes who want to move into a foreign market together, with the RVO smoothing the way for trade and investment. The second agreement was for a specific project in Poland for the navigability of the Wisla River on behalf of the Polish government.

Problems with Wisla river

The Wisla River is the longest and largest river in Poland. The river is not navigable for vessels with large draughts. Particularly in the area of Warsaw, the river is usually too shallow to be navigated, meaning that commercial shipping is no longer possible. To solve this problem, the seventeen Polish municipalities in the vicinity have got together, asking the consortium to develop an integrated approach for the river area between Warsaw and Gdansk covering issues such as flood risk management, hydrology and spatial planning.

State visit by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima

The signing ceremony was planned for a Dutch trade mission to Poland on 24 and 25 June led by Minister Ploumen in order to strengthen the ties between the two countries in the areas of water, energy, agriculture and transport. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were accompanying the trade mission.