“Towards a common European metropolitan agenda”
National governments across Europe and international organisations such as the OECD, the European Union and the UN are recognising the critical role that metropolitan areas play in regional and national economies, both as hubs for innovation, investment, business, talent and employment and as service providers to growing metropolitan populations.
In many countries, centralised powers are progressively being devolved to the metropolitan level through institutional reform and incentivised cooperation schemes in an effort to empower city-regions to better respond to local needs and to increase efficiency.
To strengthen the role of metropolitan areas, and following up on the 2015 European Metropolitan Authorities (EMA) Declaration signed during the first EMA Forum in Barcelona, the Metropolitan City of Torino, the City of Torino and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona will host the second EMA Forum on February 12th in Torino. This second meeting is intended as a forum for Mayors, Presidents, leaders of European institutions and urban networks to build strategic relationships. By working collaboratively EMA 2016 aims to express a common vision of the centrality of metropolitan areas within the framework of the European Urban Agenda that will be adopted during the Dutch EU Presidency in 2016.
The EMA 2016 Forum is uniquely focused on building support at the European level for effective metropolitan governance. EMA 2016 will be an opportunity to discuss metropolitan challenges related to economic growth, job creation, social inclusion and environmental sustainability within the current European policy framework. The Forum will provide an opportunity to share initiatives and best practices across metropolitan cities and organisations, and to develop recommendations for EU policymakers regarding institutional and governance arrangements, funding and investment mechanisms, and policy instruments.
Torino, 12 February 2016
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