The Warmińsko-Mazurska Specjalna Strefa Ekonomiczna SA was established on 19 February 1997. It was created as a company managing the Warmia-Mazury Special Economic Zone – one of the six special economic zones operating at that time in Poland.
Currently, Warmińsko Mazurska Specjalna Strefa Ekonomiczna S.A. (W-M SSE SA) manages an area supporting new investments covering approximately 33,525.5 km² (3,352,570 ha) in total. Detailed rules concerning support for new investments are specified under the ADVANTAGES FOR ENTREPRENEURS tab.
Pursuant to the Act on supporting new investments of 10 May 2018, the area managed by W-M SSE SA includes two sub-areas:
- the Warmia-Mazury sub-area: almost the entire area of the Province of Warmia and Mazury (19 out of 21 districts and cities with district rights);
- the Masovian sub-area: the northern part of the Province of Masovia (11 out of 42 districts and cities with district rights) – the entire Ciechanów subregion, 5 out of 6 districts of the Ostrołęka subregion and 1 out of 6 districts of the East Warsaw sub-region.
The area is located in the north-eastern part of Poland, on the Vistula Lagoon, directly neighbouring the eastern border of the European Union (bordering the Russian Kaliningrad District in the north).
Data describing the area under management:
Major road routes of the area:
- A1 motor way runs near its western part;
- Express road No. 7 is located in the west;
- Express road S8 runs in the south;
- Express road No. 22 is located in the northern part;
- The transportation system is supplemented by national roads (e.g. No. 15, 16, 53, 57, 60, 61 and 62).
Numerous modernization projects are currently being implemented on many roads (e.g. express road No. 7 and national road No. 16), which will significantly improve access to the managed area.
Major rail lines run through the area:
- E 65 Line: Warsaw – Gdańsk. This is an element of the Baltic-Adriatic TEN-T Core Network Corridor, providing connections between the Tri-City area and, e.g. Warsaw, Kraków, Katowice, and for international transport – with Prague and Vienna. Passenger transport is prevailing here;
- Line No. 204: Malbork – Braniewo – Kaliningrad, situated along the Pan-European Transport Corridor No. IA, the Baltic-Adriatic TEN-T Core Network Corridor and the Via Hanseatica corridor;
- Line No. 353: Poznań – Iława – Olsztyn – Korsze – Skandawa – Czerniachowsk, situated along the TEN-T comprehensive network and part of the Via Hanseatica corridor;
- Line 2016: Warsaw – Działdowo – Olsztyn, which connects the area of Warmia and Mazury with central Poland and with other cities;
- Eastern Main Line, which connects the provincial capitals of Eastern Poland: Olsztyn, Białystok, Lublin, Kielce and Rzeszów (work on its completion is currently underway).
Two airports operate in the area:
- Warsaw/Modlin Airport (Masovia sub-area), which was established in 2012. The airport handles short- and medium-distance scheduled flights operated by low-cost airlines to European cities, national flights and charter flights;
- Olsztyn-Mazury Airport (Warmia-Mazury sub-area), situated in Szymany, 10 km from Szczytno and about 56 km to the south-east of Olsztyn.