Workshop on "Governance of Metropolitan Regions in Federal Systems”, Brussels, 20- 21 June 2011, Committee of the Regions

Workshop on “Governance of Metropolitan Regions in Federal Systems” Brussels, 20- 21 June 2011

Metropolitan Regions matter because in many countries they are the engines of innovation and economic growth. As such, particularly (but not exclusively) in the developed world they are also magnets for immigration and have developed a high level of diversity. However, their governance structure is often fragmented and spread over more than one jurisdiction. This is particularly the case with federations that typically add another layer of jurisdiction – so next to (cross-border) vertical and horizontal partnerships between the key stakeholders also territorially based and integrated approaches need to be prioritized. As part of the Forum’s ongoing work on on “Local and Metropolitan Governance, the Forum organized a two day workshop in Brussels in partnership with the European Union’s Committee of the Regions. The Committee of the Regions (CoR) will organise its 5th Summit of Europe’s Regions and Cities on 22 and 23 March 2012 in Copenhagen, which will bring together mayors of cities, presidents of regions and other representatives of local and regional authorities from across Europe to consider the issues around the quality of life in metropolitan regions. The purpose of this joint workshop therefore was to bring together leading international experts to identify and inform the debates of the Copenhagen summit. The workshop will also lead to the publication of aimed at policy makers in for the Copenhagen summit that focuses on issues of how the livability of metropolitan regions can be improved by considering governance options, differing financing models and social inclusivity by comparative international experiences.T he two day workshop therefore looked at the governance challenges posed by infrastructure planning and financing, as well as the management of diversity within and amongst metropolitan regions. The speakers and topics are listed below: Governance of Metropolitan Regions: Comparative Overview by Rupak Chattopadhyay, President & CEO of the Forum of Federations Tripartite Agglomeration Conference: Case of Switzerland by Daniel Kübler, University of Zürich Metropolitan Regions in Italy: Implementing Constitutional Reform by Tania Groppi, University of Siena Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Comparative Overview by Enid Slack, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto Infrastructure Planning and its financing -the Belgian Capital by Magali Verdonck, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis Infrastructure Planning in Indian Mega Cities by V.N.Alok, Indian Institute of Public Administration Metropolitan Regions and the Management of Diversity: Comparative Overview by Nico Steytler, Community Law Centre, Cape Town Immigration and Cities in Germany by Dirk Gebhardt, EUROCITIES, Brussels Immigration as a (relatively) new challenge for Spanish metropolitan regions by Mario Kölling, Gimenez Abad Foundation, Saragossa Urban governance in metropolitan areas – the EU vision by Béatrice Taulègne, Deputy Director, Horizontal Policies and Networks, Committee of the Regions Integrated metropolitan governance in the EU by Wladyslaw Piskorz, Head of Unit, Urban development and territorial cohesion, DG REGIO, European Commission Christian Lefèvre, Institut Français d’Urbanisme Evert Meijers, Delft University of Technology Metropolitan areas in Europe by Jürgen Göddecke-Stellmann, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR), Bonn Metropolitan areas and urban networking: Best practices by Thierry Baert, Chair of the Working Group on Metropolitan Areas, EUROCITIES Hilary Lowson, Secretary General, Peri-Urban regions Platform Europe (PURPLE) Ronald Van Spaendonck, Brussels City, Secretariat Union of Capitals of the European Union (UCEU). View the Workshop Program.

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