Gąski, Koszalin County

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Gąski
Village
Location of Gąski
Gąski is located in Poland
Gąski
Gąski
Coordinates: 54°14′9″N 15°55′21″E / 54.23583°N 15.92250°E / 54.23583; 15.92250
Country Poland Poland
Voivodeship West Pomeranian
County Koszalin County
Gmina Mielno
Population 400

Gąski [ˈɡɔ̃ski] (German: Funkenhagen)[1] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Mielno, within Koszalin County, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, in north-western Poland.[2] It lies approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi) west of Koszalin and 127 km (79 mi) north-east of the regional capital Szczecin.

The village has a population of 400.

Gąski is one of the most popular tourists' destination on Polish coast for its beautiful beaches and nature, aiming at sustainable development.[3]

History[edit]

Before 1945 the village was part of Germany and known as Funkenhagen. After World War II the region was placed under Polish administration by the Potsdam Agreement under territorial changes demanded by the Soviet Union. Most Germans fled or were expelled and replaced with Poles expelled from the Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union.

Protests against construction of a nuclear power station[edit]

Banner in Gąski displayed by inhabitants who oppose plans of NPP construction (July 2012)

In effect of intensive actions and civic mobilisation in February 2012 referendum took place in which 94% of citizens of Mielno voted against location of nuclear power station in the village of Gąski. Citizens' protest had been supported by members of two biggest parliamentary political groups (otherwise supportive for nuclear power): Civic Platform (Koszalin MP Marek Hok) and Law and Justice (Koszalin MP Czesław Hoc),[4] as well as non-parliamentary Green Party[5] and councillors of nearby city of Kołobrzeg. "Ecological Kołobrzeg" association also supported protests in 2012.[6]

Despite protests and referendum results Polish government still insists on the location of NPP in Gąski[7] although entire Polish nuclear programme has 7 years delay (as of 2015)[8] - first NPP is now planned not earlier than 2027 (initial plan was 2020 and it government related its construction to goals of 2020 climate-energy package of the EU). In June 2016 state-owned energy company PGE EJ1 informed that it withdrew from the NPP project in Gąski.[9]

Green Institute Foundation supports Gąski and Mielno to develop its own renewable energy capacity (prosumer, co-operative or communal) co-organising "Energy democracy" campaign together with Mielno authorities.[10][11]

See also[edit]

Gąski Lighthouse

References[edit]


Coordinates: 54°14′9″N 15°55′21″E / 54.23583°N 15.92250°E / 54.23583; 15.92250