Coming up: European Metropolitan Authorities Forum

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Turin will host the next European Metropolitan Authorities Forum on ‘towards a common European metropolitan agenda’.

National governments, international organisations such as the OECD, the EU and the UN are increasingly recognising the crucial role metropolitan areas play in regional and national economies. They are hubs for innovation, investment, business, talent and employment, as well as service providers to growing metropolitan populations.

In many countries, centralised powers are being devolved to the metropolitan level through institutional reform and incentivised cooperation schemes with the aim of empowering city-regions to better respond to local needs and to increase efficiency.

Following the 2015 European Metropolitan Authorities (EMA) Declaration, signed at the first EMA Forum in Barcelona, Turin will host the second forum on 12 February. The forum is being organised as a collaboration between the city of Turin, the metropolitan city of Turin and the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

The meeting will be a forum for mayors, presidents, leaders of the EU institutions and urban networks to come together and build strategic relationships. The objective of the forum is to develop a common vision for the central role of metropolitan areas within an EU urban agenda, due to be adopted under the Dutch EU presidency in May this year.

A number of city politicians, including Ada Calau, mayor of Barcelona, and Piero Fassino, mayor of Turin, will speak at the event. A number of other EUROCITIES politicians and experts are also expected to speak; for more information please see the programme here.

The challenges of building inter-municipal visions, strategies, policies and delivery mechanisms needs to be better understood and supported. The EMA 2016 Forum is therefore uniquely focused on building support at EU level for metropolitan governance. The forum will be an opportunity to discuss metropolitan challenges related to economic growth, job creation, social inclusion and environmental sustainability within the EU policy framework.

The forum will be an opportunity to share initiatives and best practices across metropolitan cities and organisations, and to formulate recommendations to EU policy makers regarding institutional and governance arrangements, funding, programming and investment mechanisms.

Interested? Please click here for more information on the forum.