METREX is a network of over 50 metropolitan regions and areas in Europe.

We contribute the metropolitan dimension on a European scale.

Metropolitan regions and areas

Europe is confronted by unprecedented social and physical change. But change brings new opportunities: the challenges we face in climate adaptation, energy production and consumption, productivity, competitiveness, migration and inequality, and digitalisation, all demand innovation.

Metropolitan Regions and Areas are best in place to address these challenges, by bringing together urban and rural areas and multiplying each other’s strengths. They have the tools to help develop a productive, healthy, inclusive and sustainable Europe.

About us

METREX connects people in the public sector to work together for a more productive, healthy, inclusive, and sustainable future. This collaboration captures the tools to accelerate the transitions that Europe urgently needs to thrive.

METREX is a non-profit network that collaborates with the European institutions, research community, governmental organisations, and other networks.

We share knowledge across our network through Expert and Network Groups, the bi-annual METREX Conference, EU-funded projects, as well as initiatives we run to support Members on specific issues.

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Our mission

METREX supports Metropolitan Regions and Areas in solving Europe’s big challenges

Metrex contributes to effective policies.
Metropolitan Regions and Areas formulate constructive feedback on abstract EU policies and regulations they are working with across their territories.
Metrex contributes to a common policy framework.
Metropolitan Regions and Areas translate their approaches into principles that are available for all European regional and local authorities.

Metrex accelerates urgent transitions.
Metropolitan Regions and Areas demonstrate situational leadership on pressing issues which enables excellent followership for others. This accelerates the journey to finding tailored solutions.
Metrex enables integrated thinking.
Metropolitan Regions and Areas come together on specific issues to build the capacities required to cope with the complexity of current challenges.
Metrex shares knowledge and experience on urban and rural themes.
To continuously improve the performance of our Metropolitan Regions and Areas, METREX actively links experts to learn from each other’s best experiences and practices on current and emerging topics.
Point of departure:
We are ‘Living Labs’.
Metropolitan Regions and Areas invest in pilots and research across their territories that focus on workable solutions with maximum impact.



Managing Committee

Jakub Mazur

First Deputy Mayor of Wrocław

Gianina Panatau

General Director, The Bucharest Metropolitan Area lntercommunity Development Association (ADIZMB)

Sandeep Shingadia

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Delivery Integration, Transport for West Midlands

Miguel Ángel Crespo Rico

General Director of Spatial Planning Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa / Gipuzkoa County Council

Łukasz Medeksza

Deputy Director of the Strategy and City Development Department Municipality of Wrocław

Dr. Laura Papaleo

Unit Coordinator, Europe Office, Città Metropolitana di Genova

Dr. Peter Pol

Spatial Strategist, Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague

Thomas Kiwitt

Executive Director for Planning, Verband Region Stuttgart

Sébastien Rolland

Town planner and urban designer at the Lyon Town Planning Agency (Urbalyon)



Henk Bouwman

Secretary General
+33 (0) 603 989 224

Yoan Kostadinovski

Head of Secretariat
+33 (0) 673 598 848

Viviana Rubbo

Events and Expert Group Manager

METREX Member Documents

Members can access and download documents for the Association. Visit the Member Document page. A user account is needed to access some of the document – please contact the METREX secretariat for further details.

Contact METREX

Tour Part Dieu
129, rue Servient
69326 Lyon Cedex 3