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Conference on Metropolitan Challenges: Discussion with Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Greater Manchester, Stuttgart and Zürich, and proposals for AMB

Friday June 15, 2018, from 8:30 to 11:30
IBEI - Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

Presentation of the study benchmarking different lessons of cooperation and organisation of the metropolitan areas of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Greater Manchester, Stuttgart and Zurich. This paper includes a set of political recommendations that could be applied to the case of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

This study has been developed by the Metropolitan Research Institute in Budapest, a renowned organisation in Europe specialised in urban and metropolitan areas.

Several representatives of the metropolitan areas studied are taking part in the event, which aims to analyse their shared challenges and the possible ways to adopt the recommendations proposed, taking into account their diverse contexts, levels of institutionalisation, and needs.

The final objective of this Conference is to contribute to the debates on the governance model, competencies and funding of the AMB. It is organised within the framework of the European Metropolitan Authorities (EMA) initiative, which aims to provide the leaders of the European metropolitan areas with a space to discuss current metropolitan challenges.


08:30 – 09:00    Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:15     Welcome address

Alfred Bosch, Vice President of International Relations and Cooperation, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB)
Jacint Jordana, Director of the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

09:15 – 10:00    Presentation of the study "Addressing the metropolitan challenge in Barcelona Metropolitan Area. Lessons from five European metropolitan areas: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Greater Manchester, Stuttgart and Zürich"

Iván Tosics, Metropolitan Research Institute

10:00 – 11:00    Round table - How can we implement the political recommendations extracted from the analysis of the five metropolitan areas?

Alfred Bosch, Vice President of International Relations and Cooperation, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB)
Udo Kock, deputy mayor of Amsterdam
Representative of the Great Copenhagen Area
Alan Harding, Chief Economic Adviser at Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
Representative of the Verband Region Stuttgart
Representative of the Metropolitankonferenz Zürich

11:00 – 11:30    Debate and conclusions

The event will be held in Catalan, Spanish and English. Translation service will be available.

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Download the study in PDF

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