The majority of the people of Europe live and work in cities and urban regions. Within the wider Europe there are some 120 metropolitan regions and areas, which are the larger centres of economic and social life.

They contain core business, cultural and governmental functions and their wellbeing is vital to the sustainability, competitiveness and social progress of Europe and its people. Many have severe problems, which also need special attention.

METREX, the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas, provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience on metropolitan affairs, and joint action on issues of common interest.

The Network has members from some 50 metropolitan regions and areas and partners in many others.

METREX contributes the metropolitan dimension to policies, programmes and projects on a European scale. The Network is a partner of European institutions, the research community, governmental organisations and other networks.

We invite you to get to know METREX and our members through the events and activities we organise and through the information available on this website.

A snapshot of the 2018 METREX Conference in Gipuzkoa-San Sebastián. The conference takes place biannually, each time hosted by a different METREX Member.

Managing Committee and Secretariat

Dr Nicola Schelling
President of METREX / Regional Director of the Stuttgart Region
Irma Karjalainen
Vice-President of METREX / Director of Regional and Environmental Information at the Helsinki Region Environmental Authority HSY
Kurt Mittringer
Vice-President of METREX / Head of section Urban and regional Development, Vienna City Administration, MA18
Erik Pasveer
Head of Strategy, City of Amsterdam
Jessica Andersson
Head of the Department for Regional Planning, Region Stockholm
Adriana May
DG Territorio e Urbanistica, Regione Lombardia
Ignacio De La Puerta Rueda
Director of Territorial Planning, Urban Planning and Urban Regeneration, Basque Government
Thierry Petit
Senior Economist, L'Institut Paris Region
Christina Suomi
Head of Unit, Strategic Urban Planning, City of Helsinki
Henk Bouwman
METREX Secretary General

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+31 (0) 654 295 377

Stephen Gallagher
METREX Head of Secretariat

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+ 44 (0) 7840 436844