Deliberative Democracy in Poland: Engaging the Citizens of Poznan Through the First Polish Deliberative Polling® Project
23 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2010 Last revised: 14 Sep 2010
Date Written: 2010
UEFA’s decision to hold the 2012 European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine was enthusiastically received not only by sports fans. This prestigious event will attract thousands of visitors from the continent and the host countries will be the focus of worldwide media. The European Championship is expected to trigger economic profits. First, however, significant outlays have to be incurred, in particular in sports, hotel accommodation and road infrastructure. The stadiums must meet UEFA standards, such as the number of seats and security measures. Four cities in Poland are getting set for hosting football teams and their fans during EURO 2012. The stadium in Poznañ is being modernized, while those in Gdañsk, Warsaw and Wroc³aw are being built from scratch. The future of the sports facilities currently under construction should be considered still prior to the Football Championship. Host cities should consider what will happen in the stadiums once the EURO 2012 tournament is over and how to finance these sports facilities. Apart from the National Stadium, outlays on the construction and maintenance of stadium infrastructure are covered by city budgets. This provokes a question about benefits of a given investment for residents. There are a few scenarios of how to use the stadium. Each is connected with a set of different social solutions, whose strengths and weaknesses should be taken into consideration. It seems essential that residents present their own views on the targeted issue; this is made possible thanks to social consultations. Their participants should have access to comprehensive and unbiased information and should be offered a chance to share knowledge and to engage in dialogue.
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